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Chemistry Technician II, Forensic Biology

State of North Carolina Crime Laboratory, Raleigh, North Carolina

Salary: $39,611.00 - $67,060.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 3, 2020

THE STARTING SALARY FOR A NEW HIRE TO THIS POSITION IS LIMITED TO THE RECRUITMENT RANGE OF $39, 611 to $48,199. Salary offers are based upon the candidate's education and experience related to the position, as well as departmental budget and equity considerations.

The primary purpose of the Forensic Biology 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. The forensic services provided include laboratory analysis and expert witness testimony in the areas of serology and DNA analysis.

This position provides technical support for the Forensic Biology Section. Responsibilities include performing instrument calibrations and maintenance, quality control checks of critical reagents, troubleshooting instrument problems, preparing chemicals and reagents for the Section.

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Duties:

  • This position provides technical support for the Forensic Biology Section. Responsibilities include performing instrument calibrations and maintenance, quality control checks of critical reagents, troubleshooting instrument problems, preparing chemicals and reagents for the Section.
  • The technician will be expected to operate, calibrate, performance check and troubleshoot DNA EZ1 Extraction Robots, ABI 7500 Real-time PCR instruments, thermal cyclers, liquid handling robots, Genetic Analyzers, balances, and pipettes. Some of these instruments require the technician to manipulate small specimen sizes. The technician will also be responsible for maintaining detailed and accurate records regarding all calibrations, performance checks, maintenance and repairs.
  • This position will also be responsible for evidence receiving evidence from the Evidence Control Unit and may assist the Section with other administrative functions.
  • This technician must be available to testify as to chain of custody in criminal cases in local and Supreme Court.

Requirements:

  • 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 and polygraph.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
  • Employees must have a working knowledge of the principles, concepts, theories, reference sources, and laboratory practices involved with the forensic examination of evidence.
  • Employees must have a working knowledge of criminal law and of the rules and regulations regarding evidence gathering.
  • Employees must have a working knowledge of scientific methodology and of laboratory safety practices.
  • Ability to perform and record complex standardized and non-standardized laboratory tests and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze results, interpret methodology, and to understand and solve theoretical problems.
  • Ability to express technical information clearly both orally and in writing when reporting results, testifying, or explaining procedures to others.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to perceive colors normally and make olfactory distinctions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in one of the chemical, biological, microbiological, environmental or natural resource sciences including related chemistry laboratory coursework from an appropriately accredited institution;
  • OR
  • Associate's degree in one of the chemical, biological, microbiological, environmental or natural resource sciences or a closely related curriculum including related chemistry laboratory coursework from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of directly related chemistry laboratory experience;
  • OR
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience.

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Posted: March 21, 2020

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