Forensic Drug Chemist

Forensic Pearl, Mississippi


SNA International seeks a bright, collaborative Forensic Drug Chemist with a strong work ethic to join our team. SNA International’s team works together in pursuit of the same cause, to build a safe and just world by empowering organizations in the use of forensics, biometrics, and identity intelligence.    

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:     
  • Provide expert technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in analyzing controlled substances, following MSFL policies, Standard Operating Procedures, and ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation requirements. 
  • Facilitate the receipt, tracking, and secure storage of samples related to drug cases, adhering to the chain of custody requirements.
  • Coordinate and perform a range of drug identification tests, including Color Tests, Gas Chromatography (GC), Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), and Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR).
  • Document findings in a thorough manner and prepare comprehensive reports.
  • Ensure that all activities are performed in compliance with ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation standards and that lab safety procedures are strictly followed.  
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:    
  • Bachelor's degree accredited four-year college/university in chemistry or other related science with sufficient chemistry courses (minimally general, organic, and analytical) or equivalent experience. 
  • Minimum of three (3) years of recent work experience as a Forensic Drug Chemist working as a bench analyst within an ISO/IEC 17025 forensic laboratory is required.  
  • Successful completion of a formal documented casework training program from an accredited forensic laboratory in forensic drug analysis and/or demonstration of competency. 
  • Knowledge of basic theoretical principles and applications of the instrumentation and methodologies used to analyze controlled substances (e.g., Color Tests, GC, GC/MS, FTIR) and performing microscope and chemical tests. 
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures, quality assurance/quality control, and laboratory practices; instrumental analysis and experience in forensic drug analysis.
  • Must be flexible and have the ability to travel to other laboratories in Mississippi if required. 
 TO APPLY:    
Please submit your resume. 

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.