Lead Forensic Chemist

Union County Sheriffs Office, Monroe, NC, US

Responsibilities

Description: The Lead Forensic Chemist 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. Employee will assist UCSO in obtaining and maintaining accreditation. Employee will be instrumental in creating operating procedures for the forensic chemistry section.

Essential Job Functions:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Participate and assist in internal review audits as required by accreditation.
  • Perform 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

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