Senior Research Forensic Scientist

Laboratory Name: 
RTI International
Research Triangle Park
North Carolina
Job Description: 

Essential duties:
• 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 related 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.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply at: Job number 170V7.

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