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Forensic Analyst




Santa Rosa, California, United States

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 113,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Abbott Rapid Diagnostics is part of Abbott’s Diagnostics family of businesses, bringing together exceptional teams of experts and industry leading technologies to support diagnostic testing which provides important information for treatment and management of diseases and other conditions.

The position of Forensic Analyst is within our Redwood Toxicology/Ascertain Forensics Lab located at Santa Rosa, CA. This role will support the Forensic Toxicology Lab daily laboratory operation of sample processing, testing and reporting burden to ensure the lab meets client expectations.

The Forensic Analyst is a position in which the employee performs technical work in the scientific analysis of biological and non-biological samples. The employee in this position participates in both formal and on-the-job training programs. The Forensic Analyst shall be a person who has the appropriate education and experience to assume the required organizational, educational and administrative responsibilities required to analyze and process specimens and data in human performance and postmortem toxicology casework.

This job description will be reviewed periodically and is subject to change by management.


  • Performs forensic evaluations of evidentiary items including; the identification, confirmation and quantitation of poisons, drugs and other xenobiotics in forensic biological and non-biological specimens. Possible exposure to blood borne pathogens and chemicals.

  • Familiar with or ability to learn Microsoft word, excel and smart sheet

  • Performs maintenance and operation of LC-MS/MS, GC-MS and GC-FID instrumentation, batch sequencing, data processing and troubleshooting.

  • Must understand the importance of, and comply with, laboratory standard operating procedures (SOPs) and Chain of Custody (COC) documentation

  • Requires collaboration and communication with supervisors, co-workers, and the Laboratory Director.

  • Record findings and prepares technical laboratory records and supplies batches of test results for review and reviews co-workers batch data.

  • Ensures that analyses are completed, and batch results are reported in a timely manner and data generated conforms to quality control standards and maintaining the controlled legal chain of custody requirements.

  • Participates in proficiency tests in order to comply with national and state quality assurance standards; attends training classes.

  • Follows safety protocol to ensure that proper safety practices are used within the laboratory and helps to maintain inventory by alerting the Laboratory Director when supplies are low.

  • May testify in court to report laboratory methods of analyses and/or on chain of custody issues in order to support the laboratory findings.

  • Performs related and ancillary duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in a chemical or biological discipline.

  • Successfully passing both a background check and a drug test.

  • Possession of, or eligibility for, certification by the State of California Department of Public Health as a Title 17 Forensic Alcohol Analyst or Forensic Alcohol Analyst Trainee.


  • Bachelor's degree in forensic toxicology or forensics from an institution accredited in forensic science or forensic toxicology.

  • Prior experience performing similar duties in an accredited forensic toxicology laboratory.

  • Current recognition as a Forensic Alcohol Analyst under Title 17.


  • Teamwork, customer focus, achieving results, strong ethics, good communication skills, organization, strong mathematical skills, a strong desire to learn, attention to detail, appreciate the importance of being discrete with sensitive information, follow standard operating procedure, ability to dress in business attire for court appearance, and confidence in their work product.

An equal opportunity employer, Abbott welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please send an email to .