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MSP FORENSIC SCIENTIST II

Contractual Screening Analyst

Recruitment #21-000253-0001

Introduction

This is a FULL TIME Contractual Position (2080 Hours).  The position is located in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland at the Hagerstown Laboratory.

It is important that all experience be fully documented. Failure to LIST ALL EXPERIENCE AND ANSWER ALL SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS SPECIFICALLY AND ACCURATELY may cause the candidate to be rejected.

GRADE

19

LOCATION OF POSITION

Maryland State Police

Forensic Science Division

Hagerstown Lab

18345 Col. Henry K. Douglas Drive

Hagerstown, MD 21740

Main Purpose of Job

Perform screening analysis on blood and other physiological fluids for the presence of drugs that may cause impairment. Assist in validating the new Randox Evidence Investigator screening instrument for blood drug casework, including lab based work and data write-up.

POSITION DUTIES

Analyze Specimens for drugs by initial screening utilizing immunoassay technology in accordance with the Laboratory's SOP manual.

Assist in validating and implementing the new Randox Evidence Investigator Biochip drug screening instrumentation.

Prepare written reports for blood drug cases which test None Detected at screening.

Performing technical review of blood drug screening assay data.

Accession toxicology specimens received from the CTAU or Central receiving in accordance with Laboratory's Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) manual.

Must take and pass periodic proficiency test.

Testify in court as an expert on the results of Toxicology analyses and as to the methods used.

Other duties as assigned by the Command Staff of the Forensic Sciences Division.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:   A Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, genetics, medical technology, pharmaceutical science, or related physical, natural or forensic science from an accredited college or university.

Experience: One year of experience in comparative analysis or scientific evaluation of evidence including experience in providing testimony in moot or criminal court.

Notes:

1. Candidates may substitute experience performing comparative analysis or scientific evaluation of evidence to include experience in providing expert testimony, on a year-for-year basis, for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute additional experience at another accredited crime laboratory performing equivalent work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree in the above physical, natural or forensic sciences from an accredited college or university for the required experience.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preferred Qualifications:

1) One year of work experience in screening blood and other physiological fluids for the presence of drugs.

2) Possession of a Master's degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, genetics, medical technology, pharmaceutical sciences or related physical, natural or forensic science from an accredited college or university and one year of work experience in any forensic discipline.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

1. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

2. Candidates appointed to this classification must be eligible for or possess the certification or license required by the governing body of the forensic discipline associated with the job duties for the specific position. Specific information concerning the requirements and procedures of the applicable governing body can be obtained from the Human Resources office of the Maryland Department of State Police, 1201 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Employees in this classification are subject to call-in 24 hours a day and, therefore, are required to provide the agency with a telephone number where they can be reached.

2. Employees in this classification are subject to random substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulation 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.

3. In accordance with Public Safety Article, Section 2-204 (b) (6) of the Annotated Code of Maryland, candidates for positions in this classification will be subject to an initial drug screening, a physical examination, submission of a DNA sample, and a complete criminal background investigation, to include a polygraph examination before permanent appointment can be made. A criminal conviction may be grounds for rejection of the candidate.

SELECTION PROCESS

Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered for this classification. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Successful candidates will be placed on the Eligible List categorized as BEST QUALIFIED, BETTER QUALIFIED or QUALIFIED and remain eligible for consideration for at least one year from the date of examination. The list will be used by the hiring manager to select employees.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position. You may be required to complete a qualifications supplement, or the rating may be based on your application. Report all experience and education that is related to this position. Applicants may be given a physical examination and will be subject to an interview, background investigation, polygraph examination and substance abuse testing.

BENEFITS

Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employees and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the Program), have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: Currently, applicants are limited to uploading one file. As a result, it is strongly urged that those applying upload ALL required and additional documents (undergraduate and graduate transcripts, resumes, etc.) as one file. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit an application via mail. The Maryland State Application Form can be found online.

Completed applications, required documentation and any required addendums may be mailed to:

Maryland State Police

Human Resources Division

1201 Reisterstown Road

Pikesville, MD 21208

ATTN: William Boniarski

william.boniarski@maryland.gov

It is the policy of the Maryland State Police to comply with all applicable federal and state laws prohibiting employment discrimination and to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, gender, identity and expression, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religious affiliation, belief or opinion, sex, sexual orientation or any other protected status.