Police Staff / Forensic Toxicology Analyst
Force Headquarters

Job reference: 006205

Closing date: 03/01/2021

Job start date: Not specified

Salary: Grade D £23,817 to £26,016

Employment type: Permanent - Full Time

Department: (F) Forcewide

Hours per week: 36.5

Working Days: 5

Forensic Toxicology Analyst

Forensic Services Department

Grade D - £23, 817 - £26, 016

Force Headquarters


Overview of the role

An exciting and innovative opportunity has arisen for a number of talented and ambitious individuals to join Merseyside Police as a Forensic Toxicology Analyst within a newly created multi-million pound Regional Forensic Toxicology testing facility specifically focusing on Drugs Driving. Merseyside Police is a modern force with traditional values and is one of the largest and best performing metropolitan forces in the UK.

This is a high profile venture which will be a first for Policing in England and Wales and the unit will be providing technical expertise and guidance in delivering a cost effective and efficient service to the five regional Police Forces in this collaborative partnership. This new team will provide services to the investigation teams and criminal justice system with the sole purpose of protecting the communities of the North West.

Key Responsibilities

  • You will be responsible for handling, processing and analysing various samples for drugs using Liquid Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry and Gas Chromatography.
  • You will be responsible for documenting and reporting accurate and proportionate findings and outcomes in order to assist with drug driving investigations.
  • You will undertake all responsibilities relating to information management, data quality and information sharing and security in accordance with the Authorised Professional Practice (APP) on Information Management.
  • You will have the responsibility of completing Streamlined Forensic Reports (SFRS) and witness statements based on your involvement in the forensic process, attending court to present evidence whilst recognising your duty to the court and the administration of justice.
  • You will be expected to provide advice, guidance, awareness and mentoring in relation to your area of Forensic activity to internal and external personnel in order to help them to understand forensic processes and procedures.
  • You will help to ensure that the laboratory environment, equipment, stock levels and water are appropriately managed and maintained through appropriate checks as well as cleaning, calibration and batch testing, adhering to all health and safety requirements outlined in the Health and Safety at work act 1974
  • You will work in compliance with the Quality Standard Framework and have full participation in audits, validation and peer review as well the opportunity to have a key input in the documentation and review of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure continuous improvement and maintenance of accreditation.
  • You will provide support and assistance in the development and implementation of method validation and verification, identifying risks and ensure all requirements are met.

Knowledge & Experience

  • You will be required to have a degree in a scientific subject or equivalent with relevant experience in a scientific environment.
  • You will have a working, functional knowledge of LC –MS- MS and/or GC-MS-MS.
  • Knowledge of Forensic Toxicology and Forensic processes is desirable
  • Ideally, you will have experience of maintaining a methodical approach whilst working under pressure to provide a desired outcome in a timely manner
  • You will have excellent working knowledge of IT systems


In return for your commitment, you will receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • 32 days holiday including bank holidays – increasing with length of service
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Family friendly policies
  • Continuous professional development
  • Flexi-time scheme
  • Parking on-site
  • City Centre Headquarters initially but will transfer to a new purpose built site outside of the city centre in 2021

Interviews for this role will likely take place week commencing 11th January 2021 for a proposed early April start date. Please be assured that the process will take in to account any Covid restrictions in place at this time.

Police Officers who have given notice that they are retiring within the next six month period can apply for Police Staff vacancies that are advertised externally. If successful the applicant must be in a position to commence on a date specified by the hiring manager.

Please base your evidence on the knowledge and experience on the attached Job Description Questionnaire utilising the competencies contained within the Competency Value Framework

Please click here to view the Competencies Values Framework

Equality Act 2010

Any candidate who has a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010, is required to inform us, in order to ensure that ‘reasonable adjustments’ can be made.  Our policy, at the stage of interview, is that we will ask all candidates whether we need to make any ‘reasonable adjustments’ in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.  Under the Equality Act, a disabled person is someone with a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities.

Positive Action

Merseyside Police are proud to use Positive Action to redress the balance of under representation our team will offer advice, guidance and support throughout the recruitment process to candidates from under-represented groups.  For more information please refer to our Positive Action page https://www.merseyside.police.uk/police-forces/merseyside-police/areas/careers/join-us/positive-action-recruitment-team/


The closing date for this job has now passed.