Description of Work
Recruitment range for this position is $ 42,780 to $ 58,845.
Salary offers are based upon the candidate's education and experience related to the position, as well as departmental budget and equity considerations.
For current State employees, please note that as of June 1, 2018, promotional priority and salary administration will be made based on the new Statewide NC Classification System.
This position is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act. This is a reposted position; prior applicants must reapply.
The primary purpose of the Drug Chemistry Section is to provide the North Carolina Criminal Justice System with trained and experienced forensic scientists who analyze evidence seized in the course of criminal investigations. The forensic services provided include laboratory analysis and expert witness testimony in the areas of controlled substances, drug dilution, drug tampering and clandestine drug laboratories.
The Forensic Scientist I will perform casework on drug evidence seized by law enforcement officers in the course of criminal drug investigations with the exception of clandestine laboratory evidence, drug tampering/dilution evidence and cases that involve tampering of food products. The evidence must be analyzed to identify unknown material or either to confirm or verify what the officers believe the evidence to contain.The evidence is analyzed to determine the presence or absence of any controlled substances. Some or all of the following screening and confirmation techniques are used in the analysis:
Ultraviolet Spectrophotometry (UV)
Infrared Spectroscopy (IR)
Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS)
The Forensic Scientist I will perform casework with a limited degree of technical independence. Forensic Scientists must be very familiar with the North Carolina General Statutes.The Forensic Scientist must also be able to classify controlled substances using the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act Schedules I through VI.
The analysis must be documented by the Forensic Scientist as required by the Crime Laboratory's quality assurance procedures. Forensic Scientists must also issue a clear and concise written laboratory report.
Laboratory reports are used by Law Enforcement officers in their investigations, District Attorneys in their determination of what, if any, criminal charges will be filed against a defendant, other types of Attorneys, Courts and Juries in determining a defendant's guilt. The Forensic Scientist's work is checked through a technical and administrative review of the laboratory case file, which includes all of the documentation and the laboratory report produced by the Forensic Scientist during the analysis.
The Forensic Scientist must testify in state and federal courts as to his/her analysis of the evidence.
The Forensic Scientist shall be required to obtain individual certification consistent with international and ISO standards within 18 months of the date the analyst becomes eligible to seek certification according to the standards of the certifying entity.
Selected candidate will undergo and must successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation which may take several months to complete. The background investigation includes: credit and arrest checks; interviews with associates, personal and business references, past employers and neighbors; verification of education achievement, and urinalysis drug screening, and polygraph.
Out of state applicants: This may require the applicant to return to the State of North Carolina multiple times at his or her own expense after the initial interview, in order to undergo the background investigation process.
In accordance with Section 17.5 of Senate Bill 402, The Department of Justice shall not hire sworn personnel to fill vacant positions in the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory. Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the termination of sworn personnel, but as vacant positions in the State Laboratory are filled, they shall be filled only with non sworn personnel. Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect North Carolina State Crime Laboratory personnel who are sworn and employed by the Laboratory as of the effective date of this section and who continue to meet the sworn status retention standards mandated by the NC Criminal Justice Education and Standards Commission.
In accordance with N.C. Gen. Stat. Sec. 126-1.1( c), effective July 11, 2016, employees who are hired by a State agency, department or university in a sworn law enforcement position or forensic scientist position and who are required to complete a formal training program prior to assuming law enforcement or forensic scientist duties with the hiring agency, department or university shall become career State employees only after being employed by the agency, department or university for 24 continuous months .
Employees who transfer into forensic scientist positions from other positions within N.C. State government and are currently Career State employees will be required to complete a probationary period of 12 additional months.
Management will accept application from candidates who will receive their Master's degree in chemistry or closely related curriculum by June of 2019.
Transcripts must be attached at the time of application. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
The Forensic Scientist must have a working knowledge of the principles, concepts, theories, reference sources and laboratory practices involved with the forensic examination of evidence.
The Forensic Scientist must have a working knowledge of criminal law and of the rules and regulations regarding evidence gathering and handling.
The Forensic Scientist must have a working knowledge of scientific methodology and of laboratory safety practices.
The Forensic Scientist must be able to 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, or closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution and two 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.
Supplemental and Contact Information
Computer literacy is an important component of all DOJ jobs, we encourage you to apply electronically. All applicants must complete and submit a State application for employment using the NEOGOV Online Job Application System (http://www.oshr.nc.gov/jobs/) for the State of North Carolina.
To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the online application form. Any information not included on the application form cannot be considered for qualifying credit. Embedded or attached resumes are not accepted as a substitution for a completed application.
Any licenses or certificates must be included in the appropriate section of the application form.
Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 or discharge orders.
The NC Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The NC Department of Justice uses Merit-Based Recruitment to select from among the most qualified applicants to fill positions subject to the State Human Resources Act. Once the position has been filled, all on-line applicants will be notified via the e-mail provided at the time of application.
NC Department of Justice
Human Resources Office
Lisa Sasser, Recruitment Specialist
114 W. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
State Of North Carolina