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Forensic Scientist I, Toxicology

North Carolina Department of Justice, Hendersonville, North Carolina

Salary: $42,780.00 - $72,424.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 3, 2020

THE STARTING SALARY FOR A NEW HIRE TO THIS POSITION IS LIMITED TO THE RECRUITMENT RANGE OF $ 42,780 to $ 58,845. Salary offers are based upon the candidate's education and experience related to the position, as well as departmental budget and equity considerations.

This position is located at the Western Regional Crime Lab in Hendersonville, N.C. near Asheville, NC. It is in the Toxicology Section.

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. The forensic services provided include laboratory analysis and expert witness testimony in the areas of alcohol/volatiles/drugs in blood/urine, and alcohol/volatiles in liquids.

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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 I will complete prescribed Toxicology training requirements before beginning casework. The Forensic Scientist I performs casework on toxicology evidence seized by Law Enforcement officers in the course of Driving While Impaired (DWI) investigations. Forensic Scientists in this position also analyze the alcohol concentration of liquids (e.g. non-tax-paid liquor). The evidence is analyzed to determine the presence or absence of impairing substances. Some or all of the following screening and confirmation techniques are used in the analysis:
    • Headspace Gas Chromatography
    • Immunoassay
    • Solid phase extractions
    • Liquid-Liquid extractions
    • Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry
    • Liquid Chromatography / Tandem Mass Spectrometry
  • The Forensic Scientist I will perform casework with a limited degree of technical independence. Forensic Scientists must be very familiar with the North Carolina General Statutes, especially the DWI laws. The Forensic Scientist must also be able to classify controlled substances using the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act – Schedules I through VI.
  • The analysis must be documented by the Forensic Scientist as required by the Crime Laboratory's quality assurance procedures. Forensic Scientists must also issue a clear and concise written laboratory report. Laboratory reports are used by Law Enforcement officers in their investigations, District Attorneys in their determination of what, if any, criminal charges will be filed against a defendant, other types of Attorneys, Courts and Juries in determining a defendant's guilt. The Forensic Scientist's work is checked through a technical and administrative review of the laboratory case file, which includes all of the documentation and the laboratory report produced by the Forensic Scientist during the analysis.
  • The Forensic Scientist must testify in state and federal courts as to his/her analysis of the evidence.
  • 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.


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
  • Drug Chemistry/Toxicology - Bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry, toxicology, pharmaceutical science with chemistry concentration (organic, inorganic, analytical or physical), forensic science (with concentration in chemistry or toxicology), biochemistry, pharmacology or closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Necessary Special Requirement:
  • Must obtain individual certification consistent with international and ISO standards within eighteen months of the date the analyst becomes eligible to seek certification according to the standards of the certifying entity.
Management preference:
  • 2 years of related experience.

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Posted: March 24, 2020

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