Website Drug Enforcement Administration
Forensic Chemists analyze evidence for the presence of controlled substances using state-of-the-art instrumentation, provide expert testimony in courts of law, support DEA Special Agents and Diversion Investigators in their criminal and regulatory investigations, and develop intelligence data used to determine trends in local and international drug trafficking.
- Medical Clearance: Forensic Chemists must be able to perform work that involves prolonged standing and moderate lifting of evidence. Applicants are required to meet specific medical standards and receive a medical clearance.
- Training: All newly hired Forensic Chemists must complete the Basic Forensic Chemist Course at the DEA Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The 4-month program combines hands-on training in the laboratory with academic instruction in the classroom. Students must maintain an average of 80 percent on academic examinations and pass the laboratory-based practical skill assessments to graduate. In addition to maintaining a high level of academic achievement, general standards of professionalism will be evaluated as well.
- Conducting varied chemical analyses and tests and physical measurements;
- Performing routine calculations such as determining concentration or the amount of a substance in a total sample based on analysis of a known portion of samples of narcotic and dangerous drugs; and
- Writing laboratory reports.
Qualification & Experience:
- A four-year degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the physical sciences, life sciences or engineering including 30 semester hours of chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics;
- A combination of education and experience – course work equivalent to a major as stated above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Company: Drug Enforcement Administration
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: San Diego, CA, US
Application Deadline: N/A