• State of North Carolina
  • $87,330.00 -142,390.00/year*
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Scientific Research
  • Full-Time
  • 2500 Glenwood Ave

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Description of Work

The Division of Public Health, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is accepting applications for a Forensic Chemist I.

The Forensic Chemist I is a highly technical position conducting validation, and performance of routine and non-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 Chemist I self-assigns work from the pending list of analyses for the isolation of drugs from biological specimens and pertinent evidence using highly sophisticated analytical instrumentation. The testing performed is highly complex and involves all manner of biological specimens. Results of the work are combined with preliminary autopsy findings to render final conclusions as to the cause and manner of death. Decisions may directly affect the safety and health of the public where dangerous and/or toxic substances are identified as a cause of death. In addition, the Forensic Chemist I is responsible for review and certification of analytical data such as volatiles analysis and other LC/MS/MS quantitative batches.

Salary Grade: GN12

Recruitment Range: $46,203.00 - $51,000.00

Position: 60041568

Exam Plan: 19-02308

About the Division of Public Health and the Office of Chief Medical Examiner:

The NC Division of Public Health (DPH) works to promote and contribute to the highest possible level of health for the people of North Carolina ? Everywhere, Everyday, Everybody.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is a branch in the Epidemiology Section of the Division of Public Health within DHHS.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

To receive credit for all of your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information listed under the text resume section or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit. Qualified candidates must document on the application that they possess all of the following:

* Knowledge of the principles, practices, and current developments in the field of analytical toxicology.

* Knowledge of laboratory protocol, procedure, and techniques associated with medico-legal investigative work.

* Experience operating highly sophisticated analytical instrumentation, including mass spectrometry techniques (GC-MS, LC-MS and/or GC-NPD).

* Ability in successful sample preparation techniques, including LLE, SPE and SLE.

* Experience in independently performing and recording complex standardized laboratory tests and procedures.

* Ability to express technical information clearly, both orally and in writing, when reporting results or explaining procedures to others.

* Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.

Management Preferences

* Experience with Gas Chromatography (GC) and GC/MS instrumentation, with preference given to those candidates who have worked with a wide variety of analytical instrumentation, Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS) techniques in particular.

* Experience working in an accredited forensic laboratory

Physical Requirements

* The Forensic Chemist I 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 specimen maintenance.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor's degree in chemistry from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of progressive chemistry laboratory experience;


An equivalent combination of education and directly related experience.

Supplemental and Contact Information

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) selects applicants for employment based on job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, political affiliation or political influence. Pre-Employment criminal background checks are required for some positions.

Division of Public Health (DPH) main locations, including their grounds, are tobacco-free as outlined in the Tobacco-free Campus Policy. All tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, \"vape products\" and all smokeless tobacco products, may not be used in the indicated areas. For more information, please see the policy and FAQ posted here:

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account. You will either receive a call to schedule an interview or an email notifying you when the job has been filled.

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* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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