Forensic Scientist II, Drug Chemistry, 2 positions (60010674, 60010676)

US Government, Dept of Justice

State Crime Laboratory — Helping Solve Crimes

The State Crime Laboratory of the Department of Justice maintains a full service forensic science laboratory to assist all law enforcement agencies in North Carolina in the investigation of criminal matters. The Laboratory’s mission is to provide state-of-the-art forensic services in the areas of drug analysis, blood alcohol/drug content, firearms, latent prints, footwear and tire tracks, forensic biology, computer forensics, and trace evidence. The services are provided from a central laboratory in Raleigh, N.C. and regional laboratories located in Edneyville, N.C. and Greensboro, N.C.

Learn more about the lab here:  State Crime Laboratory at NC Department of Justice 
THE STARTING SALARY FOR A NEW HIRE TO THIS POSITION IS LIMITED TO THE RECRUITMENT RANGE OF  $52,875 to $62,789.  Salary determination is based upon the candidate’s education and experience related to the position, as well as departmental budget and equity considerations.

The North Carolina Department of Justice, led by the Attorney General of North Carolina, represents the State of North Carolina in court and provides legal advice and representation to most state government departments, agencies, officers, and commissions. The Department also represents the State in criminal appeals from state trial courts, and brings legal actions on behalf of the state and its citizens when the public interest is at stake.

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

This position is located in the Drug Chemistry Unit of the State Crime Lab.

Meet a Drug Chemist:  NC State Crime Lab Drug Chemist

The primary purpose of this Forensic Scientist II is to perform journey level Drug Chemistry casework.

This includes: perform 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, perform technical reviews of peer casework. The Forensic Scientist II will also be assigned collateral duties equivalent with the Forensic Scientist II level.

The Forensic Scientist must testify in state and federal courts as to his/her analysis of the evidence. The FS must first be qualified by the court as an expert in the field of forensic chemistry.

This position may be  required to work  overtime for court travel and completion of work.

The Forensic Scientist shall be required to obtain individual certification consistent with the 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. Overtime is required in this position. This position is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The Forensic Scientist participates in competency and proficiency testing.

  • 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 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 24 additional months.
  • 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.
  • Transcripts are required at the time of application. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.  Foreign degrees require an official evaluation for U.S. equivalency to be provided at the time of application.**

This position requires travel to testify in court.  

This posting is for positions 60010674 and 60010676.

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) with State Benefits.  

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