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Forensic Analyst 5

West Virginia Chief Medical Examiner, Charleston, West Virginia

Salary: $40,947.00 - $75,751.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: October 29, 2020

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Duties:

  • This position is required to accomplish a critical component of the toxicology laboratory procedures that directly impacts the medicolegal investigations conducted by the OCME in its statutory obligation to determine the cause and manner of death for all deaths which occur in each of the fifty-five counties across the state.
  • The significant caseload faced by the OCME and the toxicology laboratory add to the criticality of this position within the overall function of the office.
  • This position almost solely maintains the responsibilities herein described in order to ensure that the personnel resources within the toxicology laboratory are able to be appropriately allocated to the myriad of complex tasks that comprise the overall responsibility of the toxicology laboratory.
  • The work performed by the incumbent in this position provides direct support to the forensic pathologist for every case that requires toxicology services through the proper application of scientific analysis on specimens and samples received by the forensic toxicology laboratory.
  • The results of the analysis for each case are interpreted by the forensic pathologist and relied upon to form their professional medical opinion and often times the basis for testimony in an appropriate court of law.
  • Testimony by the forensic pathologists and/or the Chief Toxicologist are relied upon by local state and federal court systems in both criminal and civil proceedings.
  • This position is responsible for introduction of analysis of new analytes to laboratory work flow; the measurement of uncertainty for each analyte; and establishing the recommended levels of 'traceability' for each analyte, requiring exceptional scientific knowledge and the ability to train others on the performance of this additional testing.
  • Additionally the Forensic Analyst 5 (Laboratory Supervisor) is the senior laboratory staff member, directing the day to day operations of the laboratory, supervised by the Chief Toxicologist.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Requirements:

Training:
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with a major in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, forensic sciences, natural sciences, or related field.
Experience:
  • Seven years of full-time or equivalent part-time paid experience in the analysis of evidentiary material, at least one year of which must have been in a lead worker or supervisory capacity.
Substitution:
  • A Master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in forensic science or related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience excluding the one year of lead worker or supervisory experience.

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Posted: October 15, 2020

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