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POST DATE 9/20/2017
END DATE 4/11/2018

RTI International Durham, NC

Durham, NC
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


Since 1986, RTI has supported the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) by leading the National Laboratory Certification Program (NLCP). NLCP inspects drug testing laboratories, challenges the labs with proficiency testing samples, identifies problem areas, and monitors corrective actions. These activities are designed to identify issues before they impact drug test results.

The Center for Forensic Sciences is currently seeking a Senior Research Forensic Scientist to provide scientific and program leadership to research, develop, execute and interpret analytical methods and standards for toxicological testing (e.g., drug testing in urine, oral fluid, hair, other body fluids).

Essential Duties:

* Provide scientific and program leadership to research, develop, execute and interpret analytical methods and standards for toxicological testing (e.g., drug testing in urine, oral fluid, hair, other body fluids).

* Develop and maintain client relationships to coordinate program deliverables, communicate research, and build support for current and future funding programs.

* Provide leadership within RTI and the toxicology community to advance the understanding and practice of drug testing methods, quality assurance, laboratory management, and rigorous standards.

* Contribute to public confidence in drug testing and other forensic science work through the application of science and evidence-based best practices in the work of RTI and its partners.

* Develop, direct, and execute collaborative research and development projects to produce innovative technical solutions to forensic science research problems, especially in the improvement of proficiency testing and quality assurance/quality control methods, and transition results into practice in programs of national scope and importance.

* Plan, direct, or support the preparation of proposals of significant technical complexity, contract value, or strategic importance.

* Analyze and consider complex alternatives and select approaches that address specific research needs.

* Mentor and guide RTI staff in their professional development, including in the areas of program management, scientific/technical capability, business development, and external/internal communication and leadership.

* Analyze results, synthesize findings in context of existing knowledge, and write reports and manuscripts.

* Identify other disciplines to involve in proposals and projects; coordinate or lead cross-functional teams.

* Assist project leaders in identifying ways to enhance or expand existing projects and to develop new project opportunities.

* Participate in project and other internal reviews, including programs and management initiatives that extend beyond programs in which the individual participates directly.

* Participate in internal and external audits, as needed.

* Maintain a strong customer focus and explore opportunities for innovation (i.e. exploring/evaluating existing and new technologies) in day-to-day program and research activities.


* Bachelor s degree and 16 years of directly related work experience; Master s degree and 12 years of directly related work experience; or a PhD and 8 years of directly related work experience;

* Demonstrated experience in the conduct of relevant research and development or operations relating to toxicological testing;

* Demonstrated experience in the conduct of business development for new or established programs of significant complexity;

* Demonstrated experience in the management of programs of significant complexity

* Working knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel.

* Ability to listen and communicate well both verbally and in writing.

* Ability to manage and develop a diverse staff

* Attention to detail and accuracy.

* Ability to obtain proper security clearances as noted by contracts.


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