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State of Montana Toxicologist in Missoula, Montana

Division Overview: TheMontana Forensic Science Division (FSD)is aninternationally accredited stateForensic Laboratory, processing many varieties of crime scene evidence received from law enforcement agencies across the great state of Montana. FSD’s mission is to provide/accurate, objective, and timely forensic analysis/in support of the Montana criminal justice community. Department of Justice employs more than 35 FSD forensic analysts who complete amazing work such as: identifying mysterious powders or pills, determining quantities of various substances in a person’s body, extracting DNA from a blood stain, matching fired bullets to the gun, or finding fingerprints on ATM machine, to name just a few examples. The FSD is also home to the State Medical Examiner’s office. More than 700 autopsies are performed each year in Missoula and Billings to determine cause and manner of death in unattended or suspicious circumstances. The Montana State Crime Lab proudly serves the criminal justice community and the people of Montana. Job Overview: TheToxicologist(Forensic Scientist I-III) prepares reports and records based upon chemical analysis of alcohol, drugs, and toxic substances in biological specimens, such as blood, urine, and vitreous. A majority of the Toxicologist’s time is spent performing analytical analyses in an accredited laboratory. Toxicologists who perform this work practice particular safety precautions while working with hazardous materials. They may be called upon by federal, state, and local courts to provide expert testimony based on th­­e analytical results obtained and the inter­pretation of those results in cases analyzed. The Toxicologist conducts research and method validations; may conduct case reviews; meets continuing education requirements; may train law enforcement officers; and performs other job-related duties appropriate to the laboratory’s mission. The work environment contains a group of highly motivated and skilled professionals, is fast paced, fun and collaborative, and is located in the lovely Missoula, MT community. Minimum Qualifications: * Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science (Preference in Chemistry, Toxicology, Biochemistry, or Biology) or Applied Science (Forensic Science, Medical Sciences). Required coursework includes 16 hours of chemistry, one analytical course (analytical chemistry, instrumental analysis, quantitative analysis, etc.), and one interpretive course (biochemistry, toxicology, pharmacology, etc.). Preferred Qualifications * Current certification in area of expertise. * One or more years’ experience performing casework in an accredited lab. * Successful completion of an accredited laboratory training program. * Qualified to testify in court. /Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis./ Special Instructions: The selection procedures to be used in evaluating the applicant's qualification may include, but are not limited to, an evaluation of the résumé and cover letter, a structured interview, performance test, academic transcripts, reference/background checks and fingerprint checks. Additional materials, references or information submitted by the applicant, but not requested, will not be considered. Successful applicant(s) will be subject to: * Criminal History Fingerprint Check * Intensive Background Check * Driving History * Pre-employment and random drug Testing REAL ID Compliant Credential Required and/or Passport: State employees are required to present legally binding photo identification at the time of hire. Generally, this is a valid driver license, U.S. Passport or Employment Authorization ID (Form I-766). All DOJ positions require a valid REAL ID or U.S. Passport within 60 days of hire, effective May 3, 2023. For further information go tohttps://mtrealid.govor HOW TO APPLY: /To be considered for this position, you must attach a cover letter and résumé at the time of application/. Tip: When attaching your cover letter and resume you must mark each of the attachments as a“Relevant File”. Your Cover Letter:How do your qualifications and experience directly correlate to the duties of this position and what makes you the best candidate for the job? Your Résumé: Please include all work experience as well as job duties that demonstrate your qualifications for this position. Include dates of employment (month & year- start & end) and the reason you left each job. A complete online state application is not required. To initiate an application, attach the cover letter and résumé to be considered for this position. Failure to attach a cover letter and résumé will result in an incomplete application that will not be considered further. Only electronic applications will be accepted. Materials submitted but not requested will not be considered in the selection process. All documents for Veteran or Disability preference must be received or date stamped by the closing date. Please submit DD214 to Amber Koop atAmber.Koop2@mt.govviaFile Transfer Service. To request an accommodation with the application process, please contact the HR office. Your service is rewarded with competitive compensation and generousState of Montana Benefits. * Medical, dental and vision coverage * Retirement plans * Generous paid vacation, sick and holidays * Pre-tax Flexibility Spending Accounts * Employee Assistance Program State of Montana employment may qualify for student loan forgiveness under thePublic Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. This Organization Participates inE-Verify. Minorities are under-represented in this position and are encouraged to apply. Job: Science* *Title: *Toxicologist Location: Missoula Requisition ID: 22143100