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Forensic Scientist III, Drug Chemistry

North Carolina Department of Justice, Greensboro, North Carolina

Salary: $51,895.00 - $93,346.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: October 30, 2020

THE STARTING SALARY FOR A NEW HIRE TO THIS POSITION IS LIMITED TO THE RECRUITMENT RANGE OF $ 51,895 to $ 74,128. 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 this Forensic Scientist III is to perform casework at all levels– 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 position is also responsible for one or more collateral duties within the Drug Chemistry section.

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  • The Forensic Scientist III performs casework on various types of evidence seized by Law Enforcement officers in the course of drug investigations. Examples of this evidence may include, but not be limited to unknown powders, tablets, botanicals and liquids and clandestine laboratory submissions. The Forensic Scientist III can perform all casework that a Forensic Scientist II can perform and additionally, drug tampering/dilutions and cases that involve tampering of food products.
  • Forensic Scientists help to maintain the laboratory equipment and instrumentation and may perform repairs. Forensic Scientists, using current SOPs, prepare chemical reagents, solvents, and perform and document quality control tests on chemical reagents, solvents, equipment, and instrumentation.
  • This position is responsible for the technical review of their peer’s laboratory reports to ensure they meet laboratory standards for quality assurance prior to issuance. It is the reviewer’s responsibility to ensure that all relevant standard operating procedures (SOPs) were followed, and that there are no administrative errors in the case’s report or supporting documentation. This position will review all types of Drug Chemistry reports, at all levels of difficulty.
  • The Forensic Scientist must testify in state and federal courts as to his/her analysis of the evidence.
  • The Forensic Scientist participates in competency and proficiency testing.
  • This position requires travel to testify in court.
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.


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 and four years of experience performing bench level analysis in drug chemistry / toxicology; 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.
Management preference:
  • Management prefers 6 years of related experience.

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Posted: October 16, 2020

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