Forensic Scientist II, Western Regional Laboratory, Forensic Biology (65019461)

US Government, Dept of Justice

THE STARTING SALARY FOR A NEW HIRE TO THIS POSITION IS LIMITED TO THE RECRUITMENT RANGE OF  $52,875 to $63,552. Salary offers are 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. 

This position is located in the Forensic Biology section of the Western Regional Crime Lab in Edneyville, Henderson County, N.C.

The Forensic Scientist II is a journey level forensic scientist professional that analyzes forensic evidence in a crime laboratory setting to determine if the evidence could support a criminal prosecution. Employees examine and analyze evidence from simple to moderately complex casework for chemical indications of the presence of blood and/or other body fluids and/or perform a DNA typing test to determine the donor of a particular body fluid or other biological evidence.

The employees make judgments, interpret results, and testify in court as necessary to explain and defend their findings. Employees operate with a high degree of technical independence in the forensic examination of various types of evidence.  Employees perform collateral duties and/or advanced level tasks, and will assist the Forensic Scientist III with their collateral duties.

Employees assist senior analysts in the more varied and moderately complex casework while continuing to learn the techniques, methods and practices involved in the examination of more complex cases. Employees must handle all evidence under stringent chain of custody rules. Employees must testify in state and federal courts as to his/her analysis of evidence. Employees may be required to perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned

The Forensic Scientist participates in competency and proficiency testing. 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.

Due to Federal standards, each analyst that performs DNA analysis is required to have college course work or classes covering the subject areas of:

Molecular Biology
Statistics and/or population genetics

These requirements are in addition to having a bachelor’s degree in the appropriate discipline listed under the Education and Experience requirements.

  • 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 will be accepted.**
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