Employment Opportunity

Forensic Chemist II

North Carolina State Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Raleigh, North Carolina

Salary: $48,051.00 - $86,431.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 30, 2019

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The Forensic Chemist II is a highly technical, professional position conducting validation and performance of routine and non-routine assays required by a post-mortem, forensic toxicology laboratory. This position supports the NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in the discovery of primary and secondary causes of unattended, unwitnessed, accidental, suicidal or homicidal deaths. The Forensic Chemist II self-assigns work from the pending list of analyses for the isolation of drugs from biological specimens and pertinent evidence using advanced analytical instrumentation. The testing performed is complex, the specimens can be difficult (unusual matrices that interfere during analysis) and target analytes are generally considered to be unknown prior to testing. Results of the work are combined with autopsy and investigation findings to render final conclusions as to the cause and manner of death. Decisions may directly affect the safety and health of the public where dangerous and or toxic substances are identified as a cause of death. The Forensic Chemist II is also responsible for the review of analytical data from assays such as volatiles analysis, organic base and LC screens, LC-MS confirmations, color tests and carbon monoxide. Additionally, this position includes the review and certification of ethanol cases. The Forensic Chemist II can give testimony as to the testing performed in the laboratory for these ethanol cases (fact witness) and render opinions regarding the toxicological significance of the ethanol results (expert witness).


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
  • Understand the principles, practice, and current developments in the field of analytical toxicology.
  • Laboratory protocol, procedure, and techniques associated with medico-legal investigative work including the related rules of evidence and legal principles.
  • Ability to operate highly sophisticated analytical instrumentation, including mass spectrometry techniques (GC-MS, LC-MS).
  • Experience in laboratory research principles and techniques pertaining to statistics, analytical chemistry, biochemistry and toxicology.
  • Experienced in independently performing and recording complex standardized laboratory tests and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot the following techniques and instrumentation: SPE/LLE; GC-MS; LC-MS; UV/Vis.
  • Demonstrated ability to express technical information clearly, written and orally, when reporting results, testifying or explaining procedures to others.
Management Preferences:
  • Previous analytical laboratory experience, including experience with Gas Chromatography (GC) and GC-MS instrumentation, is preferred with preference given to those candidates who have worked with a wide variety of analytical instrumentation, Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) techniques in particular.
Physical Requirements:
  • The Forensic Chemist II will work in a laboratory and office environment of a moderately physical nature.
  • The work may require long hours in a standing position.
  • There is some occasional lifting, carrying of equipment, and sometimes awkward positioning to achieve desired results, especially for specimen maintenance.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry from an appropriately accredited institution and four years of progressive chemistry laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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Posted: April 11, 2019

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