Employment Opportunity

Forensic Chemist

New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, Wilmington, North Carolina

Salary: $51,698.00 - $72,887.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 6, 2021

New Hanover County is seeking an experienced Forensic Lab professional to join the Sheriff's Office as a Forensic Chemist. This position is responsible for conducting physical, chemical and instrumental analyses on physical evidence suspected to contain controlled substances.

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Duties include
  • Providing written reports based on the analyst’s interpretation of results. Provide expert testimony in federal, state and local courts.
  • Provide training to appropriate individuals or groups as requested. Provide technical oversight of forensic chemists and technicians in the Seized Drug Section.
  • Perform other section duties to include: forensic research, development and validation of laboratory methods, quality control/quality assurance and laboratory safety activities, participate in the section’s proficiency testing and training programs, identify extramural funding opportunities, prepare the section’s annual budget, recommend staffing and improvements to the section’s physical facilities, accumulate and email the monthly NFLIS data, and other responsibilities as assigned by the Laboratory Manager.
  • Perform the specific duties of a Technical Leader for the Seized Drug Section.
  • Ensure compliance with laboratory policies and procedures required to maintain ANAB Accreditation.
  • Terminate laboratory testing in the event that non-conforming work poses a threat to laboratory quality or test results.


  • Employee must possess an earned Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited academic institution in a natural, physical or forensic science with course credits in General Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II, Analytical and/or Instrumental Analysis, with at least seven (7) years of experience in the area of seized drug analysis. Employee must demonstrate competency following completion of a formally documented training program. Employee must also successfully complete an annual proficiency test(s) in drug analysis. Employee must be qualified (or be able to be qualified) as an expert witness in the courts of North Carolina in the field of controlled substances analysis. Employee must be willing to cross train in blood alcohol analysis.
  • Employee must have exceptional communications skills (written and oral, English) and computer skills, with ability to generate and explain highly technical scientific reports.
  • The following are considered highly desirable: knowledge of handling physical evidence; knowledge of principles and practices of quantitative/qualitative analysis and organic chemistry; experience working with laboratory instrumentation and equipment used in the analysis of licit and illicit substances; knowledge of wet chemistry techniques, clandestine laboratory analysis, federal and state controlled substances law; knowledge of SWGDRG recommendations, ISO/IEC 17025, ANAB Requirements and the ASTM International Standards related to seized drug analysis. American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) certification or eligibility to be certified. Experience with LIMS (JusticeTrax).

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Posted: April 22, 2021

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