Forensic Chemistry Technician III

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North Carolina
Job Description: 

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is a branch in the Epidemiology Section of the Division of Public Health within DHHS and is part of a network of medical doctors and allied health professionals who investigate all deaths in North Carolina due to injury or violence, as well as natural deaths that are suspicious, unusual, or unattended by a medical professional.

The OCME is the central administrative office for the state-wide medical examiner system in North Carolina. The system investigates about 14,000 deaths in North Carolina each year. Approximately 40% of these deaths are autopsied, with one-third of the autopsies being performed by the OCME staff and two-thirds by contract with pathologists located throughout the state.

The incumbent of the Forensic Chemistry Analyst III position will perform basic, routine assays required by a post-mortem, forensic toxicology laboratory. This position supports the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the State Medical Examiner System through the discovery of primary and secondary causes of unattended, unwitnessed, accidental, suicidal or homicidal deaths.

The Forensic Chemistry Analyst III will:
Perform daily assignments for the isolation of drugs from biological specimens and pertinent evidence.
Perform filing and records maintenance duties.
Perform laboratory housekeeping.
Perform case tracking duties using excel.
Perform specimen accessioning as needed.


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 Chemistry Analyst III should possess the following:
Knowledge of the theoretical principles of analytical chemistry and biological sciences.
Knowledge of the principles of operation of analytical instrumentation.
Experience with laboratory protocol, procedure, and techniques associated with medico-legal investigative work.
Experience with the operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of analytical instrumentation.
Experience working with non-standard specimens.
Demonstrated ability to express technical information clearly, both orally and in writing, when reporting results or explaining procedures to others.
Advanced skills in mathematics in relation to the subject position.
Demonstrated ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.
Experience maintaining effective working relationships with a team.

Management Preferences
Previous analytical laboratory experience, including experience with GC and LC instrumentation.
Previous experience with a wide variety of analytical instrumentation.

Physical Requirements
The Forensic Chemist II 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 instrument maintenance.
Work requires ability to distinguish colors and close visual acuity to perform data analysis and visual inspection of specimens using standard laboratory equipment.
Use of laboratory equipment requires ability to manipulate items with fingers, ability to grasp, and ability to feel / perceive the attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature, or texture.


Associate's degree in one of the chemical, biological, microbiological, environmental or natural resource sciences or a closely related curriculum including related chemistry laboratory coursework from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of directly related chemistry laboratory experience; or a bachelor's degree in one of the chemical, biological, microbiological, environmental or natural resource sciences including related chemistry laboratory coursework from an appropriately accredited institution; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


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