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Forensic Scientist II, Forensic Biology

North Carolina Department of Justice, Edneyville, North Carolina

Salary: $46,203.00 - $78,218.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 29, 2020

THE STARTING SALARY FOR A NEW HIRE TO THIS POSITION IS LIMITED TO THE RECRUITMENT RANGE OF $46,203 to $63,552. Salary offers are based upon the candidate's education and experience related to the position, as well as departmental budget and equity considerations.

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  • The Forensic Scientist II is a journey level forensic scientist professional that analyzes forensic evidence in a crime laboratory setting to determine if the evidence could support a criminal prosecution. Employees examine and analyze evidence from simple to moderately complex casework for chemical indications of the presence of blood and/or other body fluids and/or perform a DNA typing test to determine the donor of a particular body fluid or other biological evidence.
  • The employees make judgments, interpret results, and testify in court as necessary to explain and defend their findings. Employees operate with a high degree of technical independence in the forensic examination of various types of evidence. Employees perform collateral duties and/or advanced level tasks, and will assist the Forensic Scientist III with their collateral duties.
  • Employees assist senior analysts in the more varied and moderately complex casework while continuing to learn the techniques, methods and practices involved in the examination of more complex cases. Employees must handle all evidence under stringent chain of custody rules. Employees must testify in state and federal courts as to his/her analysis of evidence. Employees may be required to perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned
  • The Forensic Scientist participates in competency and proficiency testing. 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 full knowledge of the principles, concepts, theories, reference sources and laboratory practices involved with the forensic examination of evidence.
  • Employees must have full knowledge of criminal law and of the rules and regulations regarding evidence gathering and handling.
  • Employees must have full 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
  • Forensic Biology: Bachelor's degree with a major in biology, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, animal science, zoology, medical technology, forensic science with biology/DNA concentration, or closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution including coursework in biochemistry, genetic, molecular biology, statistics and population genetics and two years of experience performing bench level analysis in forensic biology; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Necessary Special Requirement Must obtain individual certification consistent with international and International Standards Organization standards within eighteen months of the date the analyst becomes eligible to seek certification according to the standards of the certifying entity.
Due to Federal standards, each analyst that performs DNA analysis is required to have college course work or classes covering the subject areas of:
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Statistics and/or population genetics
Management preference:
  • Management prefers 4 years of related experience.

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Posted: May 21, 2020

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