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Date:  Mar 14, 2023
Req ID:  26710

Little Rock, AR, US, 72205

Anticipated Starting Salary:  45010

Position Number: 22090681 
County: Pulaski 
Posting End Date: 3/27/2023 

Anticipated Starting Salary: 45010 

Drug Section 

The Department of Public Safety’s mission is to enhance the safety and security of all Arkansans through ethical, character-driven behavior that promotes professionalism, clear communication, and accountability while serving as the state’s premier public safety agency. This is a Safety Sensitive position.


The Forensic Chemist:

  • Process evidence suspected of containing controlled substance(s) submitted to the ASCL by law enforcement agencies
  • Present expert forensic testimony in court on chemical analytical methodology used to analyze evidence and obtain results
  • Participate in pretrial conferences and provide consultation to law enforcement and judicial officials on evidence collection, preservation methods and analysis results. Instruct law enforcement officials on proper methods of confiscating, preserving, and disposing of toxic chemicals, waste and equipment found in clandestine drug laboratories
  • Verify the correct operation of scientific instruments and perform routine maintenance as needed. Prepare and verify reference materials and reagents according to established guidelines
  • Review current scientific literature. Study and validate new forensic analytical procedures and modify new and/or old procedures as necessary
  • Attend and participate in professional meetings and seminars to keep abreast of new technologies and methods in chemistry
  • Assist with training new laboratory staff in performing standardized laboratory tests.
  • Perform related responsibilities as required or assigned  Process evidence suspected of containing controlled substance(s) or chemicals that are suspected of being used to manufacture a controlled substance submitted to the ASCL by law enforcement agencies. (Illicit Lab chemist only)

On call to aid law enforcement in safely dismantling illicit laboratories and collecting representative samples. (Illicit Lab chemist only)


Minimum Qualifications

The Forensic Chemist must possess a baccalaureate or advanced degree in chemistry, biology, or a closely related field with knowledge of the principles and practices of chemistry, chemical analysis and laboratory equipment. Before performing casework, the forensic chemist will be required to successfully complete an internal training program that will include competency sample testing, written and oral examination, and a mock trial (this training program can be modified based on experience).


Position Information

Class Code: B053C

Grade: GS08


Salary Range: $45,010.00 - $65,265.00


The Forensic Scientist is responsible for the examination of evidence submitted by law enforcement personnel. After the examination has been completed, the results must be interpreted and a report prepared. Also, the analyst must be prepared to testify as an expert witness to their findings. This position is governed by state and federal laws agency/institution policy.


Designs and conducts a series of analytical tests, including chemistry (Controlled Substances, Trace Evidence and Toxicology), biology (DNA, CODIS, and Serology), digital evidence analysis, latent print analysis, and firearms/toolmarks analysis on evidence submitted by law enforcement personnel. Documents evidence and prepares detailed reports of findings detailing analytical methods and techniques used to support conclusions for submission to legal authorities and courts of law. Testifies in court as an expert witness on the analysis of evidence and conclusions reached. Researches scientific literature and exchanges information with peers to stay current with latest scientific advances in the analysis of criminal evidence. Participates in the laboratory's proficiency testing program. Provides training, technical support, and consultation to the law enforcement officers/agencies, attorneys, and other public officials and citizens of the state. Conducts crime scene investigations, as requested by law enforcement agencies. Performs other duties as assigned.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the principles and practices of forensic analysis, and of forensic analytical methods and techniques. Knowledge of laws, regulations, and agency policies governing forensic activities. Knowledge of laboratory equipment used to perform forensic analysis. Ability to plan and organize forensic analysis. Ability to write descriptive results of analysis and appear as an expert witness in court. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinates. Ability to conduct research, establish new analytical procedures, and prepare and present training on the identification, collection, and preservation of evidence.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in a natural science; plus three years of experience in a forensic laboratory. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.



The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Little Rock