Chief Toxocologist

US Government, Dept of Health and Human Services

This position is responsible for management of the forensic toxicology laboratory of OCME through discovery of primary and secondary causes of sudden, unexpected and unattended, suspicious, accidental, suicidal or homicidal deaths.  The laboratory performs routine to highly complex scope of testing.  This position is responsible for daily review of new case histories, review of completed laboratory tests, providing extensive information regarding drug interactions, toxicity, disease etiology and pathology, toxicogenetics, and providing analytical results on cause and manner of death according to professional standards and ethical practices.  This position functions as a technical expert of the laboratory and is expected to render expert opinion and testimony in court concerning tests and interpretation of test results performed by the laboratory. This position directly and indirectly supervises laboratory staff.  This position is responsible for maintaining the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) accreditation and maintaining personal certification. This position must keep abreast of the latest introduction of new drugs to the market, latest developments in analytical science and must develop and implement policies and procedures and make administrative changes to meet new developments and changes.
Salary Grade: NC24
Recruitment Range: $80,011 – $115,569
Position: 60041564
Exam Plan: #22-08774

About the Division of Public Health and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner:
The NC Division of Public Health (DPH) works to promote and contribute to the highest possible level of health for the people of North Carolina – Everywhere, Everyday, Everybody.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is a branch in the Epidemiology Section of the Division of Public Health within DHHS.
Campus Amenities and Benefits at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
We are located in Raleigh, NC. According to Forbes, we are ranked as one of the top 20 best places to retire and the 2nd most educated city in the country. US News & World ranks Raleigh among the top 15 places to live in the U.S.
  • 220,000 square feet state-of-the-art facility
  • Plentiful Free Parking
  • Easy access to highways (70, 40 and 440), NC Museum of Art, Umstead State Park, healthcare providers, and shopping centers
  • Proximity to globally and nationally ranked universities (NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke)
  • Fitness area with exercise equipment, classes, and wellness activities
  • Patio Dining with Umbrellas
  • Weekly Food Trucks
  • Car Cleaning and Detailing Services On-site bimonthly
  • Annual Flu Shot Clinic for Employees and Families
  • Monthly and quarterly career development classes, including opportunities for traveling
  • Library of academic journals and materials on-site
  • Employee Engagement and Staff Development Activities
  • NC OCME Employee Recognition Programs
  • State Health Plan and State of NC Employee Benefits
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