Trainee Forensic Toxicologist

Key Forensic Services-Warrington

KFS are one of the leading forensic providers in the UK. We pride ourselves on delivering a quality service and building strong working relationships with our customer base. Our team of forensic scientists are experienced in the interpretation and reporting of a wide range of evidence types in support of criminal investigations.


Responsible for the case assessment, management and interpretation of road traffic forensic toxicology casework and the provision of expert witness testimony.


Role Summary

This is an exceptional career development opportunity. You will be trained on the job by working alongside existing experienced Reporting and Analytical Forensic Toxicologists.

Day-to-day responsibilities will initially involve reporting a range of non-complex toxicology cases such as those associated with the Road Traffic Act 1988. Dependant on business requirements, it is possible that over time and following a period of supervision and competency assessments, that this role will lead to the involvement with more complex toxicology casework.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Effective management of resources, including a personal case load (meeting 95% of contractual delivery dates).
  • Sets an appropriate forensic strategy which addresses the case requirements and translates this strategy into clear, appropriate instructions for toxicology analysts to follow.
  • Reviews, collates and interprets toxicological findings in the context of the case and considers alternative explanations.
  • Formulates meaningful, succinct conclusions to analytical findings and prepares clear, well-structured and unbiased reports.
  • Attends Court and provides oral expert witness testimony in a clear, intelligible and even-handed way.
  • Adhere to quality control procedures and work within the Key Forensic Services’ ISO/IEC 17025:2017 quality system.
  • Liaises with other departments where appropriate.
  • Proactive in maintaining own continued professional development in order to develop forensic toxicology knowledge and interpretative skills.
  • Support the analytical toxicology section where appropriate, including the handling of biological specimens where required.

Skills & Competencies

  • Understands the importance of the customer and contractual tender requirements.
  • Knowledge of the application of toxicology to a wide range of forensic investigations is desirable.
  • Knowledge of the analytical techniques utilised in the toxicology laboratory is desirable.
  • Good IT skills and proficient using Microsoft Word/Excel.

Personal Attributes

  • High level of honesty and integrity and takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Strong work ethic, commitment and able to deal with confidential and sensitive information.
  • Team player with well developed interpersonal skills, a positive attitude and a willingness to support and share information with others.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Demonstrates a flexible approach and able to work methodically and reliably under pressure and uses own initiative to achieve timely completion of work.
  • Adept problem solving skills and the ability to deal with complexity coupled with managing a varying workload.
  • Professional business disposition and of smart appearance.


  • Educated to a minimum BSc. Second Class Honours degree level (preferably in toxicology, chemistry, pharmacology, biochemistry or forensic science).


  • Experience in analytical forensic toxicology is desirable.

Other information:

Terms & Conditions

  • Hours – 37 per week
  • Holidays – 25 days per annum plus statutory holidays
  • Pension – Contributory
  • Closing Date: 14th October 2020

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