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Forensic Scientist

North Carolina Dept of Justice
Full Time
Edneyville, NC
$47,959 - $83,928 a year
Posted 8 days ago
Job description

State Crime Laboratory - Helping Solve Crimes

The State Crime Laboratory of the Department of Justice maintains a full service forensic science laboratory to assist all law enforcement agencies in North Carolina in the investigation of criminal matters. The Laboratory’s mission is to provide state-of-the-art forensic services in the areas of drug analysis, blood alcohol/drug content, firearms, latent prints, footwear and tire tracks, forensic biology, computer forensics, and trace evidence. The services are provided from a central laboratory in Raleigh, N.C. and regional laboratories located in Edneyville, N.C. and Greensboro, N.C. This position is located in Edneyville, Henderson county.

Learn more about the lab here:

The primary purpose of the Latent Evidence Section of the North Carolina State Crime laboratory is to accept, find, preserve and provide scientific forensic analysis of evidence for the criminal justice community. The forensic services provided include in-lab analyses, technical field assistance, and expert witness testimony in the following areas of latent print analysis to include fingerprints, palm prints and bare foot prints; footwear analysis; tire track analysis; unknown deceased analysis, and other questioned impressions analysis.

A day in the life of a Latent Forensic Scientist

The primary purpose of the Forensic Scientist I is to perform entry level Latent Evidence casework. The work performed by the Section includes preparing written reports of the results and providing expert testimony in court on the results of analyses.


The primary purpose of a Forensic Scientist I is to perform casework with a limited degree of technical independence.

The evidence analyzed in the Latent Evidence Section originates from a number of sources, including evidence collected from crime scenes, evidence previously analyzed in other areas of the crime laboratory, and evidence collected and preserved by the analyst himself/herself. It is the scientist responsibility to maintain accurate records and receive, mark, and catalog items of evidence being examined.

The Forensic Scientist shall be required to obtain individual certification consistent with the international and ISO standards within 18 months of the date the analyst becomes eligible to seek certification according to the standards of the certifying entity. Overtime is required in this position. This position is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The Forensic Scientist participates in competency and proficiency testing.

  • Selected candidate will undergo and must successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation which may take several months to complete. The background investigation includes: credit and arrest checks; interviews with associates, personal and business references, past employers and neighbors; verification of education achievement, and urinalysis drug screening and polygraph.
  • Out of state applicants: This may require the applicant to return to the State of North Carolina multiple times at his or her own expense after the initial interview, in order to undergo the background investigation process.
  • In accordance with N.C. Gen. Stat. Sec. 126-1.1( c), effective July 11, 2016, employees who are hired by a State agency, department or university in a sworn law enforcement position or forensic scientist position and who are required to complete a formal training program prior to assuming law enforcement or forensic scientist duties with the hiring agency, department or university shall become career State employees only after being employed by the agency, department or university for 24 continuous months .
  • Employees who transfer into forensic scientist positions from other positions within N.C. State government and are currently Career State employees will be required to complete a probationary period of 24 additional months.
  • In accordance with Section 17.5 of Senate Bill 402, The Department of Justice shall not hire sworn personnel to fill vacant positions in the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory. Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the termination of sworn personnel, but as vacant positions in the State Laboratory are filled, they shall be filled only with non sworn personnel. Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect North Carolina State Crime Laboratory personnel who are sworn and employed by the Laboratory as of the effective date of this section and who continue to meet the sworn status retention standards mandated by the NC Criminal Justice Education and Standards Commission.
  • ** Transcripts are required at the time of application. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted
A NEW HIRE TO THIS POSITION IS LIMITED TO THE RECRUITMENT RANGE OF $47,959 to $65,994. Salary determination is based upon the candidate's education and experience related to the position, as well as departmental budget and equity considerations.

The North Carolina Department of Justice, led by the Attorney General of North Carolina, represents the State of North Carolina in court and provides legal advice and representation to most state government departments, agencies, officers, and commissions. The Department also represents the State in criminal appeals from state trial courts, and brings legal actions on behalf of the state and its citizens when the public interest is at stake.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

1. Employees must have an advanced knowledge of the principles, concepts theories, reference sources and laboratory practices involved with the forensic examination of evidence.

2. Employees must have an advanced knowledge of criminal law and of the rules and regulations regarding evidence gathering and handling.

3. Employees must have an advanced knowledge of scientific methodology and of laboratory safety practices.

4. Ability to perform and record complex standardized and non-standardized laboratory tests and procedures.

5. Ability to analyze results, and interpret methodology and to understand and solve theoretical problems.

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

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

8. Ability to perceive colors normally and make olfactory distinctions.

9. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor's degree with a major in forensic science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physical science, criminal justice or closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Necessary Special Requirement Must obtain individual certification consistent with international and ISO standards within eighteen months of the date the analyst becomes eligible to seek certification according to the standards of the certifying entity.

Management preference: Management prefers 2 years of related experience.

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