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Forensic Scientist

Date Posted:  Nov 14, 2022
Requisition ID:  415001

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.

Agency Statement:

About the State Department of Toxicology:
The Indiana State Department of Toxicology (ISDT) provides science-based support to the state’s criminal justice system, including impaired and dangerous driving enforcement programs, by conducting analyses for alcohol and drugs in blood samples submitted by law enforcement agencies, furnishing expert testimony, training and certifying operators to administer breath tests for alcohol, inspecting, maintaining, and certifying breath testing equipment, and certifying Ignition Interlock Device models.
The Department’s mission is to promote the administration of justice by providing laboratory services, research, and education in forensic toxicology for the State of Indiana.

Salary Statement:

The salary for this position traditionally starts between $39,000 - $54,900, but may be commensurate with education or work experience.

About the Job:

The Forensic Scientist performs technical work, testing and analyzing drugs and drugs of abuse and their metabolites for law enforcement and governmental agencies using state of the art instrumentation and analytical techniques. These results will often be used in court cases to determine guilt or innocence.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Performs and interprets quality control procedures, instrument function checks and necessary calibration adjustments as required.
  • Follows established laboratory safety guidelines.
  • Completes procedural testing with in established time frames.
  • Correlates complete sample data information prior to reporting and documents any irregularities.
  • Maintains records to ensure proper documentation of activities and results.
  • Qualify to testify in court as an expert in the area of forensic drug and/or ethanol biological analysis.
  • Performance specifications are reviewed and corrective action taken when test results deviate from established specifications.
  • Enters data accurately in a timely manner and in accordance with laboratory procedures; Retrieves test results and other viable information on submitted evidence.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all test results.
  • Operates various complex laboratory instruments.
  • Perform work under direct supervision.
  • Performs maintenance and corrective actions on laboratory equipment.
  • Assures that all documentation derived from testing procedures is maintained.
  • Participates in continuing education and training programs in the analysis of biological materials.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree chemistry, forensic science, or biology, with a concentration in chemistry or toxicology.
  • Basic knowledge of the theory and practical operation of a variety of scientific instrumentation and analytical techniques.
  • Ability to effectively communicate scientific information, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to testify as an expert witness in an objective and professional manner.
  • Ability to perform complex scientific procedures following Laboratory Examination Guidelines.
  • Ability to comprehend, demonstrate, and explain advanced knowledge of the theory and practical operation of a variety of scientific instruments and analytical techniques.
  • Ability to communicate complex scientific information effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to operate and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to adhere to established laboratory safety practices.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:


The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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