FORENSIC SCIENTIST III (DRUG CHEMISTRY)                                                                     2286



Under general supervision, an employee in this class oversees the technical and/or administrative functions of one (or more) sub-units, disciplines, or areas of specialized responsibilities within the chemical section of the crime laboratory. The incumbent coordinates and participates in the performance of highly complex technical analyses of the chemical section. The work involves the use of and maintenance of highly sophisticated laboratory equipment.  The incumbent is expected to perform the most complex examinations in their section, sub-unit, discipline, or area of specialization, and may assist the section supervisor in maintaining the section as close to "State of the Art" as possible.  The work includes giving testimony at a variety of legal proceedings, and requires the exercise of independent judgment and initiative.  Supervision may be exercised over subordinate laboratory staff, and is received from an administrative and/or section supervisor through conferences, case review and established laboratory procedures.  May act as a Crime Scene Team leader. Does related work as required.



             Supervises and/or conducts complex chemical, instrumental and microscopic examination of liquids, tablets, powders or other evidence;

             May supervise and assign duties to subordinate laboratory staff;

             May supervise and/or participate in section quality assurance activities and/or proficiency testing;

             Supervises and/or evaluates new methods of analysis in order to assist in keeping section at "State of the Art" levels;

             Issues signed reports of analyses performed;

             May review reports of varying complexities for correct organization, structure, and format (“Administrative Review”);

             May review reports of a level-appropriate complexity for validity of analyses performed (“Technical Review”);

             May participate in crime scene investigations;

             May act as crime scene team leader in supervising staff at crime scene investigations, and directing the evaluation, collection, and documentation of evidence;

             May assist in the selection and purchase of scientific instruments and assist in maintaining inventory of chemicals and materials;

             May receive, store, and release evidence;

             Gives testimony at a variety of legal proceedings regarding findings and observations;

             Consults with administrative supervisor(s) regarding budgetary requirements, training, and quality assurance practices.



Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and techniques of analytical chemistry; comprehensive knowledge of instrumental techniques used in chemical analyses, such as luminescence analysis and various types of spectroscopy, chromatography, spectrometry and spectrophotometry; comprehensive knowledge of wet chemical and crystal tests for drugs and other chemical agents; comprehensive knowledge of penal and public health laws as they apply to chemical evidence; skill in laboratory manipulative techniques; ability to train, supervise and evaluate the work of others in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale; ability to make accurate observations and arrive at sound conclusions; ability to perform routine maintenance on complex electronic laboratory equipment; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; patience; persistence; good judgment; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.





             a) Graduation  from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State with a Master's Degree in one of the natural or forensic sciences, including or supplemented by sixteen (16) credit hours in chemistry, and five (5) years of professional experience* in drug chemistry; or,

             b) Graduation from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State with a Bachelor's Degree in one of the natural or forensic sciences including or supplemented by sixteen (16) credit hours in chemistry, and six (6) years of professional experience* in drug chemistry.


NOTE:   *Professional experience is defined as experience involving independent responsibility for the analysis of evidence or specimens, and includes the signing and issuing of reports.  All qualifying experience must have been gained within the last ten (10) years.



             Two (2) years of permanent competitive status as a Forensic Scientist II (Drug Chemistry).



             At the time of appointment and during employment in this title, employees will be required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State.

             Candidates will be subject to a background investigation.


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