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Research Forensic Scientist

Company: RTI International
Location: Durham
Posted on: July 14, 2019

Job Description:

The Center for Forensic Sciences (CFS) leads

programs that improve the reliability of forensic sciences and advance the use

of science and technology in safety and security. CFS is seeking a Research Forensic Scientist to

perform research, development, test and evaluation tasks across multiple

forensic disciplines and technical areas. The successful candidate will have a

proven track record in researching, developing, executing and interpreting

standards for analytical testing (e.g., drug testing in urine, oral fluid,

hair, and other matrices). The individual will also have demonstrated ability to

adapt new technologies and other research innovations into practice in forensic

laboratories. The successful candidate will be able to collaborate in

cross-disciplinary teams and communicate effectively inside and outside the

organization.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Employ

    established theories, concepts, and techniques on projects that improve the

    scientific understanding or practice of forensic science and perform forensic

    science research tasks, applying standard and established theories, concepts,

    and techniques, while occasionally employing innovative approaches.
  • Collaborate

    within a dynamic team of experts crossing all forensic disciplines and related

    technical work and contribute to laboratory work, publications, presentations,

    and professional meetings.
  • Exhibit

    personal leadership by communicating effectively inside and outside your team,

    developing yourself and those around you, thinking and acting strategically, innovating

    on projects and daily work, and collaborating effectively with internal and

    external colleagues.
  • Perform

    research in the forensic sciences or related technical areas for federal,

    commercial and internal RTI clients.
  • Research,

    develop, execute and interpret standards for analytical testing (e.g., drug

    testing in urine, oral fluid, hair, other body fluids).
  • Investigate

    problems, perform root cause

    analysis and develop and implement corrective actions.
  • Conduct

    technology and market assessments and analyses of forensic science research

    topics across a range of forensic science disciplines, including areas related

    to policy, management, and practical application.
  • Assist

    or lead research projects for internal and external clients, including

    independent work under the guidance of a research project leader.
  • Select

    from among a wide array of methods to address differing and variable

    situations, demonstrating interpretative/evaluative thinking.
  • Prepare

    reports concerning forensic science innovations for practitioners, researchers,

    policymakers and other stakeholders across a range of forensic science disciplines,

    including areas related to policy, management, and practical application. Prepare

    reports that demonstrate organization, clarity, completeness and proper format.
  • Communicate

    clearly and effectively with external stakeholders, including practitioners,

    researchers, policymakers or other stakeholders.
  • Communicate

    clearly and effectively with RTI task leaders and colleagues in various roles

    (e.g., project team member, project leader, client manager, support, etc.) that

    change with each project.
  • Work

    collaboratively with internal and external colleagues to plan, conduct, report,

    and complete tasks that may address scientific, technical, policy, or practice

    challenges in forensic science.
  • Perform

    analysis and research with supervision,

    applying standard and established methods and techniques.
  • Assist

    in or perform quality control and quality assurance processes relating to

    funded projects or laboratory methods as needed.
  • Search

    literature, conduct experimental tests, collect, analyze and summarize data.
  • Develop

    preliminary findings for review by more experienced researchers and managers.
  • Develop

    personal knowledge, skills and abilities with the guidance of a supervisor to

    build capacity for professional growth.
  • Gather

    background information and other documentation to support marketing and

    business development activities.
  • Assist

    project leaders in identifying ways to enhance or expand existing projects and

    to develop new project opportunities.
  • Maintain

    a strong customer focus and explore opportunities for innovation (i.e.

    exploring/evaluating existing and new technologies) in day-to-day research

    activities.
  • Participate

    in presentations by contributing to the development of the

    application/methodology/ technology and assisting with the preparation of the

    presentation,
  • Gather background information and other documentation

    to support proposals. Write proposal sections as assigned.


    Minimum Qualifications:


    • PhD and 0 year's related experience; or a Master's degree and 4 years' related experience; or a Bachelor's degree and 8 years' related experience.
    • Knowledgeable in the operation of laboratory equipment (GCMS, LCMS, LCMSMS, pH meters, analytical balances, pipettes, etc)
    • Working knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel.
    • Ability to multi-task.
    • Ability to work well with others and independently
    • Ability to listen and communicate well both verbally and in writing.
    • Attention to detail and accuracy.
    • Ability to obtain proper security clearances as noted by contracts.
    • To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and should not require sponsorship for employment visa status, now or in the future.


      Preferred Qualifications:




      • Work experience in a laboratory that conducts forensic analyses or research relevant to the forensic sciences.
      • Work experience related to the transition of new technologies into practice.






Keywords: RTI International, Durham , Research Forensic Scientist, Other , Durham, North Carolina

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