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Chemistry Technician II

North Carolina Department of Justice, Greensboro, 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 on the selected candidate's education and experience related to the position, as well as departmental budget and equity considerations.

The primary purpose of this position is responsible for serving as technical support to the forensic scientists in the Drug Chemistry, Toxicology, and Latent Evidence Units of the Triad Regional Laboratory.

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Duties:

The primary purpose of this position is responsible for serving as technical support to the forensic scientists in the Drug Chemistry, Toxicology, and Latent Evidence Units of the Triad Regional Laboratory.

The Technician in this position will be directly responsible for maintaining the laboratory equipment and instrumentation, performing repairs and upkeep, doing daily tunes and calibration checks, and keeping logs for multiple instrument systems. The technician must be proficient in the normal use of the following instrument systems:
  • Headspace Gas Chromatograph with Auto-Sampler
  • Gas Chromatograph/Mass Selective Detector with Auto Sampler
  • ELISA system
  • Liquid Chromatography (LC/MS) system with nitrogen generator
  • Bio-Safety Cabinets of various classes, types, and applications
  • Laboratory refrigerators and freezers of various classes, types, and applications
  • Laboratory Analytical Balances
  • General laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, heat sealers, computers and associated items
EVIDENCE PROCESSING:
  • The Technician in this position will be responsible for pre-analysis preparation of blood tubes as they are received by the laboratory.
  • The technician will take kits from the ECU section and prepare them for batch analysis by the Forensic Scientists in the Toxicology Unit.
  • The technician will assist the Forensic Scientists in the unit in sample preparation for blood drug analysis.
GENERAL SCIENTIFIC and ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES - The chemistry technician is responsible for the following duties throughout the laboratory. These duties will be performed, including but not limited to:
  • Preparing chemical reagents and solvents, and keeping logs referencing these.
  • Washing glassware and cleaning laboratories.
  • Cataloging and maintain a constant supply of specialty gases used by each instrumental system in the laboratory.
  • Maintaining all critical and general scientific chemicals and supplies, including compiling orders and keeping track of quantities used
  • Pipette maintenance and verification
  • Coordination of section vehicles, including monthly vehicle report and necessary maintenance.
COURT TESTIMONY:
  • This chemistry technician must testify in court as to his/her part of any analysis of the evidence.

Requirements:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
  • A mastery of the principles, concepts, theories, reference materials, and laboratory applications of chemistry and other related sciences.
  • A 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 standardized laboratory procedures.
  • The 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.
  • The ability to perform advanced mathematics and statistical analysis, to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • A working knowledge of the criminal laws of North Carolina.
  • A working knowledge of the policies and procedures of the State of North Carolina, Department of Justice, State Crime Laboratory, and the Drug Chemistry Section.
  • The ability to establish and maintain favorable working relationships with law enforcement agencies and the Criminal Justice System.
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 24, 2020

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