Forensic Chemist 1

US Government, Institute of Forensic Sciences


The Mission of the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences is to provide medical examiner and crime laboratory services of the highest quality in an unbiased manner with uncompromised integrity.



To provide consistent, quality death investigation and laboratory analysis for the benefit of the entire community.


To create a technological strongpoint for legal agencies to facilitate justice in criminal and civil proceedings.


To establish an academic environment for training in the field of Forensic Science.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs chemical analysis of tablets, powders, liquids, and plant material, to identify controlled and non-controlled substances as well as dangerous drugs

  • Prepares written reports that support the analytical findings and provide testimony as an expert witness in legal proceedings.

  • Participates in training, competency testing and proficiency testing according to established protocols.

  • Operates and maintains laboratory instruments

  • Assists in ensuring the laboratory remains in compliance with the accreditation guidelines

  • Maintains American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) certification and meets accreditation criteria by attending continuing educationtraining courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, and professional meetings

  • Follows rigorously all Safety, Method Manual, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control protocols.

  • Other duties as assigned by the Drug Chemistry Director or Senior Director of Crime Laboratory Services

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
 If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email

 This position is subject to a criminal history check. Only relevant convictions will be considered and, even when considered, may not automatically disqualify the candidate.

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