Forensic Chemist

`Contingent United States


SNA International seeks a highly motivated and detailed orientated Forensic Chemist with a strong work ethic to join our team to work together in pursuit of the same cause: build a safe and just world by empowering organizations in the use of forensics, biometrics, and identity intelligence. 
The Chemist will provide forensic chemistry support services for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  Qualified candidates will work with a team of highly skilled scientific, forensic, and quality-driven individuals.

The following list is representative of the types of activities and responsibilities anticipated to be performed but are not limited to:

Responsibilities may include:
  • Perform drug analysis research tasks of significant technical complexity
  • Applying standard and established theories, concepts, and techniques associated with forensic drug analysis, but often using innovative approaches and/or complex statistical analyses
  • Develop or assist with the development of innovative and creative technical solutions to research problems, questions, and issues, using or extending state-of-the-art methods and technology
  • Track critical information on drug trends, enabling the DEA’s Diversion Control Division, Drug and Chemical Evaluation Section (DOE) to make informed drug policy and strategic decisions.
  • Interact with other Forensic Chemists to evaluate and identify new illicit substances.  
  • Assist with developing, reviewing, and evaluating scientific data associated with drug analysis and assist in timely authoring detailed scientific reports and briefs that are organized, clear, and in the proper format.  
  • Provide training and moderate scientific discussions, as necessary, and participate as a member of scientific working groups.   
  • Participate in discussions and provide recommendations to other scientific teams based on expertise.  
  • Use the DEA’s Data Query System (DQS) to research and respond to questions.
  • Support activities, functions, or duties as assigned.
  • Work with minimal supervision and guidance.
Education and Experience Requirements: 
  • A Ph.D. in Chemistry or equivalent. Four (4) years of related work experience and an MS/MA degree are equivalent to a Ph.D. in a related discipline
  • At least eight (8) years of work-related experience in the forensic chemistry field. 
  • Must understand forensic chemistry laboratory processes, methods, instruments, and environment. 
  • Must have expertise in forensic drug analysis and/or toxicology and have the ability to use this expertise to perform research, evaluate data, reach conclusions, and generate scientific reports. 
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Strong organizational skills 
This position requires remote work.   
Candidates must be US citizens and be able to pass a background check and security clearance.  
Please submit your resume and a cover letter that outlines why you should be considered for this position and position level. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. 
No phone calls. 
SNA International is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.