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Forensic Scientist I, Toxicology

North Carolina Department of Justice, Triad Lab, Guilford County, North Carolina

Salary: $46,209.00 - $69,177.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 24, 2017

The primary purpose of the Toxicology Section is to provide the North Carolina Criminal Justice System with trained and experienced forensic scientists who analyze evidence seized in the course of criminal investigations of Driving While Impaired (DWI) cases, and alcohol concentration of liquids (e.g. non-tax-paid liquor) cases.

The Forensic Scientist I will complete prescribed Toxicology training requirements before beginning casework.

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  • The primary purpose of this Forensic Scientist I is to perform entry level Toxicology casework - an equitable share of the analyses performed by the Section, prepare written reports of the results of the analyses; provide expert testimony in court on the results of the analyses. The Forensic Scientist analyzes blood evidence seized by Law Enforcement officers in the course of their investigations to determine if the blood contains alcohol or controlled substances. The Scientist must be familiar with the N.C. General Statutes, as the Forensic Scientist must not only identify controlled and impairing substances, and must be able to classify the drug under the drug laws - Schedules I through VI. The scientist must document and prepare laboratory reports, as well as furnish testimony in state and federal courts.
  • The Forensic Scientist shall be required to obtain individual certification consistent with international and ISO standards within 18 months of the date the analyst becomes eligible to seek certification according to the standards of the certifying entity
  • Selected candidate will undergo and must successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation which may take several months to complete. The background investigation includes: credit and arrest checks; interviews with associates, personal and business references, past employers and neighbors; verification of education achievement, and urinalysis drug screening.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
  • A full knowledge of the principles, concepts, theories, reference materials, and laboratory applications of chemistry and other related sciences.
  • Working knowledge of qualitative and quantitative analysis procedures, including the instrumentation used in chemical analysis. Working knowledge of chemical laboratory safety procedures. Ability to independently perform and record complex standardized and non-standardized laboratory procedures.
  • Ability to express technical information clearly, both orally and in writing, when reporting results of analysis, testifying as an expert witness in criminal courts, or explaining procedures to others.
  • Ability to perform advanced mathematics and statistical analysis, to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions, to perceive colors normally and to make olfactory distinctions.
  • Working knowledge of the criminal laws of both North Carolina and the United States.
  • Working knowledge of the policies and procedures of the State of North Carolina, Department of Justice, State Crime Laboratory, and the Toxicology Section.
  • Working knowledge of the methods, procedures, and practices used in the investigation of criminal offenses,and of the principles, techniques, and procedures of modern criminal investigation.
  • Ability to establish and maintain favorable working relationships with law enforcement agencies and the Criminal Justice System.
Minimum Education and Experience – Drug Chemistry/Toxicology
  • Bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry or closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of experience performing bench level analysis in drug chemistry; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Applicants expecting to receive their Master's degree in the appropriate scientific discipline by May of 2017 will be considered for this position, and must complete their degree prior to employment.

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Posted: April 18, 2017

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