Forensic Chemist I-A

Laboratory Name: 
NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
North Carolina
Job Description: 

The Forensic Chemist I self-assigns work from the pending list of analysis for the isolation of drugs from biological specimens and pertinent evidence using highly sophisticated analytical instrumentation. The testing performed is complex, the specimens can be difficult (unusual matrices that interfere during analysis) and target analytes are generally considered to be unknown prior to testing. Results of the work are combined with preliminary autopsy findings to render final conclusions as to the cause and manner of death. Decisions may directly affect the safety and health of the public where dangerous and or toxic substances are identified as a cause of death.

In addition, the Forensic Chemist I is responsible for review and certification of analytical data such as volatile analysis and other assays.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
The following competencies must be documented in your job duties on your application and demonstrated in your employment history on your application. Generic job duties will not be considered - job duties should include the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below (if applicable). "See resume" is not acceptable.

The Forensic Chemist I must possess the following:

Knowledge of the principles, practice, and current developments in the field of toxicology.
Experience with laboratory protocol, procedure and techniques associated with medico-legal investigative work.
Experience operate highly sophisticated analytical instrumentation, including mass spectrometry (MS) techniques (GCMS, LCMS).
Experience performing chemical sample preparation techniques (liquid-liquid extraction (LLE), solid phase extraction(SPE))
Experience independently performing and recording complex standardized laboratory tests and procedures.
Demonstrated ability to express technical information clearly, both orally and in writing, when reporting results or explaining procedures to others.
Demonstrated ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.

Management Preferences

Previous analytical laboratory experience, including experience with Gas Chromatography (GC) and GC/MS instrumentation, is preferred with preference given to those candidates who have worked with a wide variety of analytical instrumentation, Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS) techniques in particular.

Physical Requirements

The Forensic Chemist I will work in a laboratory and office environment of a moderately physical nature. The work requires long hours in a standing position. There is some occasional lifting, carrying of equipment, and sometimes awkward positioning to achieve desired results, especially for specimen maintenance. The incumbent in this position must be able to perceive colors normally.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Graduation from a four-year college or university with a bachelors degree in chemistry and a minimum of two years of progressive chemistry laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of training and directly related experience.

Please submit your application online by the closing date (4/17/2017 5:00 PM Eastern):

Division of Public Health
Human Resources Office
Phone: 919-707-5450

Contact Info
Ruth E Winecker