Senior Chemistry Technician, Toxicology (60010679)

US Government, Dept of Justice

This position is located at the State Crime Laboratory in Raleigh, N.C.

This posting has been extended. Current applicants are still under consideration and do not need to reapply.

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. This position is located in Raleigh N.C.

Learn more about the lab here: 

The primary purpose of this Chemistry Technician II is to provide technical support the Toxicology Section. Responsibilities include calibration and maintenance of the blood alcohol instrumentation, handling and precise documentation of Toxicology Evidence, preparation of chemical reagents and solutions used in Toxicology analysis. The Chemistry Technician II also performs Quality Control checks of reagents and instrumentation, as well as assisting with the analytical chemistry techniques performed as a part of the Toxicology Technical Procedures. This position also provides expert testimony.

Meet a Chemistry Technician with the Crime Lab


The Chemistry Technician II is responsible for performing the following duties according to Standard Operating Procedures, including but not limited to:

Maintaining the laboratory equipment and instrumentation by performing maintenance, basic repairs, daily tunes, calibration checks, and keeping logs for each instrument. The technician will be expected to operate, calibrate, performance check and troubleshoot pipette, liquid handling systems, pH meter, digital balances, solid phase extraction manifolds, headspace gas chromatographs, and centrifuges.
Preparing chemical reagents and solvents, and documenting the preparation in the appropriate logs. Performing Quality Control checks on prepared reagents and documenting these checks.
Washing glassware and cleaning laboratory work areas.
Stocking chemical and laboratory supplies.
Maintaining chemical and biological hazardous waste storage areas.
Monitoring and maintaining records of lab fridges and freezers.


The Chemistry Technician II will work with the Evidence Control Unit to ensure seamless transfer of evidence between evidence intake and the Toxicology section. They ensure that Toxicology Evidence is transferred to the appropriate location to organize it for analysis.

The Chemistry Technician II will document a description of evidence and its packaging, label the evidence, and package the evidence in heat sealed bags. They will evaluate the evidence to determine if it meets acceptable submission criteria, and will contact the submitting agency for clarification if needed.

The Chemistry Technician II will destroy items of evidence that meet legal and procedural criteria, and documenting the destruction.


The Chemistry Technician II will monitor the quantity used, compile orders, obtain vendor price quotations and document receipt for all chemical and laboratory supplies.

  • 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.
  • Transcripts should be submitted at the time of application. Credit for foreign degrees will only be given if verification of degree certification is attached.  Transcripts for foreign degrees have to be evaluated by an organization like World Education Services to determine US equivalency.
  • This position is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The salary grade for this position is NC07.   State employees are encouraged to apply for positions of interest even if the salary grade is the same as, or lower than, their current position. Please detail ALL work history including non-state service experience. If selected for this position, a new salary will be recalculated taking into consideration the quantity of relevant education and experience, funding availability, and internal equity. Based upon these factors, a pay increase MAY or MAY NOT result.

Salary offers are based upon the candidate’s education and experience related to the positions, 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.  

Working at the State Crime Lab includes:
Easy access to downtown Raleigh, local shopping centers, healthcare providers and highways (70, 40 and 440)
Beautiful grounds with jogging/walking trails
Free parking
Patio dining
Food trucks
Fitness center on site
100% Paid parent leave compensation up to 8 weeks for eligible employees
Annual Flu Shot Clinic
Employee Engagement and Staff Development Activities
  Including on site nutritional visits, wellness activities, therapy dog

This is a reposted position. Prior applicants will need to reapply to be considered.  

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