Employment Opportunity

Forensic Chemist

Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, Raleigh, North Carolina

Salary: Hiring Range: $58,420 - $78,870 per year

Final Filing Date: December 6, 2019

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • The Forensic Chemist is responsible for the chemical analysis of suspected controlled substances and/or analyzing blood evidence from DWI and traffic related offenses for blood alcohol levels and the presence of impairing drug substances within an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory
  • Establish and update technical procedures, performs regular calibrations on equipment and instrumentation, and schedules and documents preventative maintenance on equipment and instrumentation
  • Utilize specialized laboratory equipment and instrumentation to include; Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer/Gas Chromatograph, Infrared Spectrometer, Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer/Mass Spectrometer, Time of Flight Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer, and Immunoanalysis techniques
  • Serve an integral role for the prosecution of those involved in the violation of NC and federal controlled substance regulations
  • Testify as an expert witness in court
  • Must complete annual proficiency tests and obtain and maintain professional certification/membership through the American Board of Criminalistics or American Board of Forensic Toxicology Certification within two (2) years of the date of eligibility for certification
  • Must successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and is subject to random continuing drug screenings as a condition of continued employment


Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or related physical science field.
  • Four years of experience in sample analysis.
  • A valid driver's license and a safe driving record required.
  • Equivalent education or experience is accepted.
Preferred Education and Experience
  • Master's Degree in Chemistry, Toxicology, Natural/Biological/Physical Sciences, Forensics, or related field
  • Two years of experience as a Forensic Chemist competent in the analysis of controlled substances and DWI blood toxicology in an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory
  • Certification through the American Board of Criminalistics or American Board of Forensic Toxicology Certification
  • Applicants need not have experience and be qualified in both drug chemistry and DWI blood toxicology to be considered, however, proficiency in both disciplines will be preferred.
How Will We Know You're 'The One'?
  • Familiarity with the NC Controlled Substances Act and Title 18 of the United States Code regarding the illegal use and possession of controlled substances
  • Familiarity with standards and requirements of IS0 17025 accreditation standards
  • Knowledge of appropriate procedures for using, and ability to use, equipment and instruments identified above to meet defined quality and quantity standards
  • Ability to observe, monitor, collect, and record data
  • Ability to assess the accuracy, validity, and integrity of the data
  • Ability to interpret and evaluate results and create reports
  • Ability to manage resources, monitor activities, and assess environmental risks and quality control associated with the program
  • Ability to review and study relevant information from various sources to identify new substances and scientifically validate results
  • Ability to maintain social, ethical, and organizational norms
  • Ability to firmly adhere to codes of conduct and ethical principles
  • Ability to work effectively with others, outside the line of formal authority

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Posted: November 6, 2019

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