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Forensic Scientist III, Toxicology

North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh, North Carolina

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

Final Filing Date: June 11, 2021

This position is located in the State Crime Lab, Raleigh, N. C., Toxicology Section. 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 advanced level Toxicology casework – 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 Toxicology section.

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  • The Forensic Scientist III performs casework on toxicology evidence seized by Law Enforcement officers in the course of Driving While Impaired (DWI) and all types of Non-DWI investigations. Examples of non-DWI investigations are Drug Facility Sexual Assault (DFSA), Homicide, Assault, Abuse and Neglect, and Non-Tax paid liquor.
  • The evidence is analyzed to determine the presence or absence of impairing substances.
  • 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; will collect data for various administrative reports and will be responsible for coordinating the revision of SOPs as needed.
  • This position will be responsible for assisting the Training Coordinator with the training of new employees.
  • 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 reports related to Driving While Impaired (DWI) Alcohol Concentration cases, Driving While Impaired (DWI) Blood Drug cases, and all types of Non-DWI cases. Examples of non-DWI cases are Drug Facility Sexual Assault (DFSA), Homicide, Assault, Abuse and Neglect, and Alcoholic Beverage Concentration cases (e.g. non-tax-paid liquor).
  • The Forensic Scientist must testify in state and federal courts as to his/her analysis of the evidence. The Forensic Scientist is, through education, training and experience, qualified by the court as an expert in the field of forensic toxicology before being allowed to testify about the analysis. As an expert witness, the Forensic Scientist must explain and defend in detail the analysis, including the procedures and techniques used; the results of the analysis; and how the results of the analysis apply in the given case.
  • The Forensic Scientist has regular contact with members of the criminal justice system and consults with the officials in reference to investigation matters specifically related to the laboratory's analytical capabilities and limitations, the classes of impairing substances and related metabolites, and sample matrix concerns and or needs
  • Other related duties as assigned.
  • This position is subject to mandatory overtime and serving in an on-call capacity.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
  • The Forensic Scientist must have an advanced knowledge of the principles, concepts, theories, reference sources and laboratory practices involved with the forensic examination of evidence.
  • The Forensic Scientist must have an advanced knowledge of criminal law and of the rules and regulations regarding evidence gathering and handling.
  • The Forensic Scientist must have an advanced knowledge of scientific methodology and of laboratory safety practices.
  • The Forensic Scientist must be able to independently perform and record complex standardized and non-standardized laboratory tests and procedures.
  • The Forensic Scientist must be able to analyze results, interpret methodology and to understand and solve theoretical problems.
  • The Forensic Scientist must be able to express technical information clearly both orally and in writing when reporting results, testifying or explaining procedures to others.
  • The Forensic Scientist must be able to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.
  • The Forensic Scientist must be able to perceive colors normally and make olfactory distinctions.
  • The Forensic Scientist must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
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 ISO 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 prefers that the applicants have six years of experience working in a forensic toxicology laboratory, experience testifying in court as an expert witness in the field of Forensic Toxicology, and experience using the Forensic Advantage LIMS system.

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Posted: June 2, 2021

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