Research Forensic Scientist

Laboratory Name: 
RTI International's Center for Forensic Sciences
City: 
Research Triangle Park
State: 
North Carolina
Job Description: 

The Center for Forensic Sciences is seeking a Research Forensic Scientist to develop, execute and interpret standards for analytical testing (e.g., drug testing in urine, oral fluid, hair, and other body fluids).He/she will perform forensic science research tasks, applying standard and established theories, concepts, and techniques, while occasionally employing innovative approaches.

Across the full range of forensic disciplines from toxicology to DNA and fingerprints, we employ rigorous, multidisciplinary approaches to meet the unique, complex needs of clients in government, education, and private industry.

As lead implementer of the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, we identify and transfer new technology into practice in crime laboratories. Our online training platform is a national resource of the latest information on science and technology for the forensic science community.

Through our toxicology proficiency testing and leadership of the National Laboratory Certification Program, we ensure accurate drug testing programs and serve as the gold standard in laboratory certification, helping to protect employers, donors, and the public. Our team pursues better collection and processing of sexual assault kits in hopes of minimizing delays in the justice system and securing justice for sexual assault survivors. We also provide quality assurance and proficiency test samples for a wide range of clients and sample types, prepared in our ISO Guide 34–compliant laboratory facilities.

Responsibilities:
*Research, develop, execute and interpret standards for analytical testing (e.g., drug testing in urine, oral fluid, hair, other body fluids).
*Perform research tasks, applying standard and established methods and techniques, while occasionally employing innovative approaches.
*Perform research and provide expertise in forensic toxicology for CFS as well as other RTI centers.
*Select from among a wide array of methods to address differing and variable situations, demonstrating interpretative/evaluative thinking.
*Research, develop and characterize PT samples to assess the detection of drugs and other measurands in biological matrices.
*Produce QC/QA samples to challenge, monitor, and assess forensic laboratory testing of drugs, drug metabolites, and other measurands.
*Design projects in a strategic manner that leverages and extends the collective knowledge of the team and their respective analytical skills.
*Apply and interpret standard theories, concepts and techniques; apply working knowledge of related disciplines/methodologies.
*Investigate alternative methods and approaches that address specific research needs.
*Devise and implement appropriate control measures to ensure project is proceeding according to regulatory compliance, client expectations, budget and schedule.
*Anticipate problems before they arise, assess potential risk, and develop contingency plans;
*Investigate problems, perform root cause analysis and develop and implement corrective actions.
*Manage simple projects, including timelines, budgets, etc.
*Assist project leaders in identifying ways to enhance or expand existing projects and to develop new project opportunities.
*Collaborate on multidisciplinary teams in the development of proposals and conduct of projects.
*Prepare and present research findings to clients or at professional meetings.
*Contribute to professional development of RTI staff by mentoring less experienced individuals.
*Participate in internal and external audits, as needed.
*Participate in project reviews.
*Gather background information and other documentation to support proposals.
*Write proposal sections as assigned.

Qualifications:
*Bachelor’s degree and 10 years’ related experience as described in the responsibilities; or;
*Master’s degree and 6 years’ related experience as described in the responsibilities; or;
*PhD and 1 years’ related experience as described in the responsibilities; or
*Working knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel.
*Ability to multi-task.
*Ability to work well with others.
*Ability to listen and communicate well both verbally and in writing.
*Ability to work independently.
*Attention to detail and accuracy.
*Ability to obtain proper security clearances as noted by contracts.
*Knowledgeable in the operation of laboratory equipment (GCMS, LCMS, LCMSMS, pH meters, analytical balances, pipettes, etc.)

Contact Info
Contact: 
Bob Miles
Email Resume to: 
bmiles@rti.org