Employment Opportunity

Forensic Chemist

Wake County Crime Laboratory, Raleigh, North Carolina

Salary: Hiring Range: $58,420 - $89,090 per year

Final Filing Date: January 31, 2022

The Forensic Chemist is responsible for the chemical analysis of suspected controlled substances within an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory for the Wake County CCBI department.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Essential Functions:
  • Establish and update technical procedures, perform regular calibrations on equipment and instrumentation, and schedule and document preventative maintenance on equipment and instrumentation
  • Utilize specialized laboratory equipment and instrumentation to include- Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer/Gas Chromatograph, Infrared Spectrometer, Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer/Mass Spectrometer, and Time of Flight Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer
  • Serve as an integral subject matter expert for the prosecution of those involved in the violation of NC and federal controlled substance regulations
  • Testify as an expert witness in court
  • Complete annual proficiency tests and obtain and maintain a Diplomate status certification/membership through the American Board of Criminalistics within two years of the date of eligibility for certification
  • Successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and is subject to random continuing drug screenings as a condition of continued employment


The Basics (Required Education and Experience)
  • Bachelor's degree in Physical, Natural or Forensic Science or related field
  • Four years of experience in sample analysis
  • American Board of Criminalistics Certification required within two years of eligibility or employment - Must maintain current certification thereafter
  • Valid Driver's License and "safe" driving record
Beyond the Basics (Preferred Education and Experience)
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Chemistry, Toxicology, Natural/Biological/Physical Sciences, Forensics, or related field
  • Two years of experience as a Forensic Chemist in an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory and/or a Fellow Certification through the American Board of Criminalistics
How Will We Know You're 'The One'?
  • Familiarity with the NC Controlled Substances Act and Title 18 of the United States Code regarding the illegal use and possession of controlled substances
  • Familiarity with standards and requirements of IS0 17025 accreditation standards
  • Knowledge of appropriate procedures for using, and ability to use, equipment/instruments to meet defined quality and quantity standards
  • Ability to observe, monitor, collect, and record data
  • Ability to assess the accuracy, validity, and integrity of the data
  • Ability to interpret and evaluate results and create reports
  • Ability to manage resources, monitor activities, and assess environmental risks and quality control associated with the program
  • Ability to review and study relevant information from various sources to identify new substances and scientifically validate results
  • Ability to maintain social, ethical and organizational norms
  • Ability to firmly adhere to codes of conduct and ethical principles
  • Ability to work effectively with others, outside the line of formal authority

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Posted: January 12, 2022

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