The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office has an opening for a Forensic Chemist assigned to the Anderson/Oconee Regional Forensics Laboratory in the Drug Chemistry Section. The Forensic Chemist position is a qualified, highly motivated individual that is responsible for receiving evidence from submitting agencies in the 10th Judicial Circuit of South Carolina to determine the presence of illegal/controlled substances. This position will use current, state of the art analytical instrumentation, methodologies, and proven techniques in the field of Forensic Drug Analysis. This position is a full time, grant funded, civilian position with full time employee benefits. Qualified individuals will possess the minimum qualifications listed below and preference may be given to applicants who demonstrate experience or qualifications listed in preferred qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications:
• A Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Forensic Science/Chemistry, or another natural science from an accredited four-year college or university. (MUST have a minimum documented coursework of 1 year of General Chemistry, 1 year of Organic Chemistry, and either Instrumental Analysis or be able to demonstrate proficiency with modern analytical chemistry instrumentation.)
• Knowledge of/experience with the basic theoretical principles of analytical chemistry used to analyze suspected controlled substances (lab chemistry techniques, color tests, TLC, GC, GC/MS, FT-IR).
• Must be able to analyze data, develop sound conclusions, maintain accurate records, and solve technical problems.
• Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Valid SC driver’s license (or the ability to obtain one upon relocation for employment).
• Ability to relocate to Anderson or Oconee Counties in upstate SC (reasonable concessions to addresses in surrounding counties will be considered.)
• The ability to successfully pass a thorough background investigation that includes criminal history, fingerprints and drug screening.
• Ability to successfully complete departmental training program and proficiency testing with annual proficiency testing a requirement.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Advanced degree in Chemistry or related scientific field
• Documented work experience in the field of Forensic Drug Chemistry in a Forensics Laboratory.
• Experience working in an ANAB or ASCLD/LAB Accredited environment accredited to the ISO/IE 17025 standard.

Selection Process:
• Submission of resume, detailed letter of interest, and application (if applicable)
• Interview (selected candidates)
• Demonstration of abilities (selected candidates)


The position will remain open until filled

Pay Grade 108: ($46,130,03-$69,195.05)

Starting pay determined by qualifications

Interested candidates should submit a resume and detailed letter of interest to Director Michael Miller

Michael A. Miller, CFM-I | Director : Forensic Services Division
Anderson/Oconee Regional Forensics Laboratory
Anderson County Sheriff’s Office
1019 David Lee Coffee Place ∙ Anderson SC 29625
O: 864.222.3939 | C: 864.276.7719 |