Lead Forensic Chemist

Union County Sheriffs Office, Monroe, NC, US

Responsibilities

  • Oversees the daily operation of the Forensic Chemistry Section.
  • Responsible for training new Chemists in areas of Toxicology and Drug Chemistry.
  • Participates in quality assurance and control measures for the Forensic Chemistry Section.
  • Assists the laboratory in obtaining and maintaining accreditation and creation of policies and procedures in the area of Forensic Chemistry.
  • Provides support and advisement to other Forensic Chemists.
  • Monitors and reviews their work and ensures timely processing of submitted evidence.
  • Performs chemical analyses of controlled substance in accordance to ISO 17025 accreditation standards.
  • Analyzes 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.
  • Performs 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.
  • Ensures a work area clean from contamination and maintains laboratory equipment and supplies.
  • Conducts quality control checks and documentation in conformance with accreditation.
  • Participates and assists in internal review audits as required by accreditation.
  • Performs secondary review of results generated by other Forensic Chemists 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.

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 20 credit hours of chemistry related coursework.
  • Six 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.
  • Minimum of 25 credit hours of chemistry related coursework.
  • Eight years of experience working in an accredited laboratory in the area of toxicology and drug chemistry in a lead or supervisory capacity.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.

Compensation

$69,078.00 - $110,525.00 Annually

HEALTH INSURANCE: All full time employees and their eligible dependents can participate on the first day of the first full month of employment. You must sign up for coverage within your first 30 days of employment or wait until the annual enrollment period. Health Reimbursement Account Preventative Care Coverage Prescription Coverage Vision Coverage

DENTAL INSURANCE: All full time employees and their eligible dependents can participate on the first day of the first full month of employment. You must sign up for coverage within the first 30 days of employment or wait until the annual enrollment period.

LIFE INSURANCE: Basic Term Life Insurance in the amount of one times the annual salary is provided for all full-time employees and regular part-time employees. Additional coverage is available for purchase through payroll deduction for the employee and eligible dependents.

RETIREMENT: Membership in the North Carolina Local Government Employees Retirement System is a requirement for all full-time and regular part-time employees. Employees contribute 6% of their annual compensation before it is taxed. If you leave County service before retirement, you may withdraw your retirement contributions or elect to freeze your contributions in anticipation of future local government employment. If you have 5 years of service, you are 100% vested in the NCLGERS.

NC401(k): The NC401(k) supplemental retirement program is available to full-time and regular part-time employees. The County establishes this 401(k) account for each eligible employee and makes a 5% contribution based on biweekly earnings. Employees may elect to make voluntary contributions through payroll deduction.

457 DEFERRED COMPENSATION: The 457 Deferred Compensation program is available to all employees through payroll deduction. Deferred compensation is a voluntary investment plan to supplement retirement income and to defer taxable income.

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS: Options are available to full-time and regular part-time employees who wish to use pre-tax dollars for eligible medical, pharmacy, dental, vision, and daycare expenses. The Flex Debit Card program gives you instant access to your account funds.

Health Care Spending Account - Section 125 of the IRS Code allows yearly voluntary enrollment to set aside pre-tax dollars for eligible health care expenses.

Dependent Care Spending Account - Section 125 of the IRS Code allows yearly voluntary enrollment to set aside pre-tax dollars for eligible dependent care expenses.

DIRECT DEPOSIT: Deposit of your paycheck will be made to checking or savings accounts in a bank of your choice.

CREDIT UNION: Local Government Federal Credit Union membership is available to all employees. Once you join, you can remain a member for as long as you choose. Immediate family members such as: spouse, children, stepchildren, brothers, sisters and parents can all become members.

BB&T @ Work: The BB&T@Work Program offers Union County employees free and discounted banking services including: Free checking with direct deposit; bonus interest rates on savings accounts, CD's, and IRA's; BB&T Check Card with VISA Extras rewards; online banking and much more.

VACATION LEAVE: Vacation leave is accrued based on creditable years of service in the Local Government Employees Retirement System.

SICK LEAVE: For full-time County employees, sick leave accrues at 8.0/8.4 hours per month. Regular part-time employees accrue prorated sick leave based on a percentage of the full-time benefit. Your unused sick leave balance can be applied as creditable service toward a service retirement under the guidelines of the NCLGERS.

SICK LEAVE TRANSFER FROM OTHER AGENCIES: Unused sick leave earned from another North Carolina Governmental Agency and/or entity, will be accepted and transferred to the County as follows: twelve (12) sick leave days will be transferred and added to the employees active sick leave balance after completion of six (6) months probationary period. The remaining balance of sick leave documented for transfer at the time of employment will be recorded in the employees permanent personnel file. On the fifth anniversary of employment with the County, the remaining balance of transferred sick leave will be added to the employees active sick leave balance.

HOLIDAYS: There are 11 County recognized holidays per year.

MILITARY LEAVE: Annual Training - Ten (10) paid workdays granted per fiscal year. Active Duty - Twenty (20) paid workdays granted per fiscal year.

CIVIL LEAVE: Paid leave is provided to full time or regular part time County employees called for jury duty or as a witness of the court for the federal or state government, or a subdivision thereof. County employees participating in legal proceedings within the official scope and capacity of their Union County employment is considered work time as well.

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