Under minimal supervision, perform routine to semi-complex toxicological analysis to identify and quantify administered substances in biological tissues for the State of Illinois Racing Board. Review, communicate and apply changes in federal, national and state toxicological analysis practices and protocols in the lab to fulfill UIC contractual agreements for the State of Illinois Racing Board (IRB).
Collect, access, and store specimens identified by the contract protecting specimen integrity and chain of custody to maintain specimen viability as legal evidence.
Perform isolation (extraction) of substances from biological fluid and tissue samples (blood, urine and tissues) to screen for classes and categories prohibited and name specific substances (drugs, chemicals, illicit substances) in biological specimens to comply with the medication rules established by the Illinois Racing Board. Determine if the level of permitted drugs is within the therapeutic range and if non-permitted drugs have not been administered to racing horses before the race.
Perform enzyme immunoassays, test and quantify substances using GC-MS, LC-MS, and other assays to generate reliable reproducible results and conclusions.
Review federal, state, and/or local regulations concerning the chain of evidence, target substance testing protocol, and storage of specimens to update lab master methods to ensure compliance with ISO 17025 lab accreditation protocols and procedures.
Study documents promulgated by TOBA and ARCI for current and proposed target prohibited and permitted drugs and substances to suggest to senior staff to include into the testing procedures of IRB contracts.
Documentation / Support for Administrative Law Hearings
Operate computer-controlled instruments using data acquisition modalities and special software to record results and data, summarize and document findings and generate reports for senior staff. Interpret basic test results.
Participate in preparation of case books documenting positive findings for presentation at administrative law hearings by senior staff.
May provide technical expert testimony on testing and testing results at administrative law hearings, as needed.
BS degree (MS preferred) in chemistry, biochemistry or other appropriately related field plus a minimum of one year’s work experience in an analytical testing laboratory, with forensic laboratory recordkeeping requirements training,
ISO 17025 accreditation / training and expert witness testimony training or experience.
Ability to pass exam for and maintain Professional Membership status in AORC (Association of Official Racing Chemists) upon accepting the job offer.
Proficiency at enzyme immunoassays, gas-chromatography-mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Knowledge of specimen accession and handling procedures in a forensic toxicology laboratory setting.
The UIC is an AA/EOE.
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