Forensic Chemist 2

Union County Sheriffs Office, Monroe, NC, US

Responsibilities

Description: The Forensic Chemist 2 performs chemical analyses within the field of drug chemistry and toxicology. Employee maintains detailed records of all procedures and processing techniques used in accordance with county, state, and federal rules/regulations. Employee must exercise initiative and independent judgment in completing assigned tasks.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Performs chemical analyses of controlled substance in accordance to ISO 17025 accreditation standards.
  • Analyze biological samples for the presence of alcohol and drugs utilizing complex instrumentation in accordance to ISO 17025 accreditation standards.
  • Performs regular calibration of equipment and instrumentation, as well as scheduling maintenance and inspections on all equipment in their working area.
  • Utilizes instrumentation, which includes gas chromatography, gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer, headspace gas chromatograph, immunoassay analyzer and liquid chromatograph-mass spectrometer.
  • Prepares necessary reagents, indicators, standards, and calibrators required for forensic testing
  • Perform preventative maintenance on complex analytical equipment to include headspace gas chromatograph, gas chromatograph, gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer, automated pipette, liquid chromatograph-mass spectrometer, and enzyme immunoassay analyzer.
  • Provides detectives and other agency personnel technical expertise and advisement in field investigations.
  • Maintains training and certifications. Attends seminars and meetings in order to stay current with new trends and technologies.
  • Ensure a work area clean from contamination and maintains laboratory equipment and supplies.
  • Conduct quality control checks and documentation in conformance with accreditation.
  • Participate and assist in internal review audits as required by accreditation.
  • Perform secondary review of results generated by other Forensic scientists before reporting findings.
  • Prepares diagrams, evidence and reports for presentation in court; Provides testimony, as requested, in court.
  • Provides expert courtroom testimony as needed in both the field of toxicology and drug chemistry.
  • Provides presentations on the laboratory functions and duties to other personnel and to the public.

Qualifications

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university/college in Forensic Science, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry or another related field. Must have a minimum of 18 credit hours of chemistry related coursework.
  • Two years of experience working in an accredited laboratory in the area of toxicology and drug chemistry.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited university/college in Forensic Science, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry or another related field. Must have a minimum of 18 credit hours of chemistry related coursework.
  • Four years of experience working in an accredited laboratory in the area of toxicology and drug chemistry.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.

Compensation

$63,184.00 - $97,935.00 Annually

How to apply

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