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Forensic Scientist Supervisor, Toxicology

North Carolina Department of Justice, Edneyvlle, North Carolina

Salary: $56,046.00 - $100,814.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 19, 2021

The primary purpose of the Forensic Scientist Supervisor is to directly supervise a group of Forensic Scientists within the Toxicology Section. The position will also perform limited casework of all levels, prepare written reports of the results of the analyses; provide expert testimony in court on the results of the analysis, and perform collateral duties as assigned by management.

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  • This position assists the Forensic Scientist Manager in setting the direction of the Toxicology Section. Programs and operations must be developed that will meet the future needs of the NC State Crime Laboratory and the customers served. Goals and objectives must be set by utilizing input from top management and subordinates, as well as criminal trends and technological advancements.
  • This position is responsible for the management of time and directing the activities of a group of analysts. Management duties include assigning and managing casework, making special case assignments, assigning laboratory and administrative duties, Performance Management Evaluations, counseling and discipline of employees, administrative and management reports for the group, ensuring new analysts are properly trained and tested before beginning casework, and ensuring team members have received necessary training to complete assigned tasks.
  • This position monitors the talents and abilities of those supervised. All analysts must be motivated to improve their capabilities in order for the laboratory to grow.
  • Forensic Scientists help to maintain the laboratory work areas, equipment and instrumentation and may perform repairs. Forensic Scientists using current SOPs, prepare chemical reagents and solvents, and perform and document quality control tests on chemical reagents, solvents, equipment, and instrumentation. The Forensic Scientist Supervisor is responsible for collecting data for various administrative reports. The Forensic Scientist Supervisor will participate in the revision of SOPs as needed.
  • The Forensic Scientist Supervisor may be assigned any of the duties delineated for the Forensic Scientist I, II, and III position in addition to those delineated for the Forensic Scientist Supervisor. These duties require advanced knowledge and laboratory experience. The Forensic Scientist in this position will assist the Forensic Scientist Manager with their collateral duties, as assigned.
  • The Forensic Scientist Supervisor performs casework on toxicology evidence seized by Law Enforcement officers in the course of Driving While Impaired (DWI) and types Non-DWI investigations such as Non-Tax paid liquor.
  • The Forensic Scientist must testify in state and federal courts as to his/her analysis of the evidence.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
  • Employees must have an advanced knowledge of the principles, concepts, theories, reference sources and laboratory practices involved with the forensic examination of evidence.
  • Employees must have an advanced knowledge of criminal law and of the rules and regulations regarding evidence gathering and handling.
  • Employees must have an advanced 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, and 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 relations.
  • Ability to supervise and evaluate the work of subordinates.
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 six 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 preferences: Management preferences:
  • Seven years prior experience with Forensic Toxicology casework and professional certification in the field of Forensic Toxicology

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Posted: April 7, 2021

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