Employment Opportunity


Forensic Scientist III

Massachusetts State Police, Office of Alcohol Testing, Maynard, Massachusetts

Salary: $63,535.42 - $92,375.40 Yearly

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Duties:

  • Be proficient in current methods and techniques used to conduct chemical and biological laboratory or on-site tests including, but not limited to, analyzing biological specimens and organic and inorganic substances; preparing solutions to be used in testing; and operating laboratory equipment. Proficiency in applying established protocols and procedures to determine the presence of alcohol, drugs, poisons, heavy metals, biological fluids (i.e. blood, semen, saliva, urine, and feces) as well as chemical and trace materials such as gunshot residues, hairs, fibers, paint and glass by examining clothes, weapons, sexual assault kits, and analyzing explosives/ignitable liquids to prepare reports on laboratory tests and to inform law enforcement and other authorized personnel of results. Engage in practical application of learned methods and procedures for performing on-site scene processing to properly document, collect and transport evidence to the laboratory for further analysis and to analyze chemical and biological samples for the purpose of yielding probitive results.
  • Provide testimony as an expert and/or material witness in court and/or at formal judicial hearings in order to defend the findings of a test examination or analysis, provide opinions on test results/examinations, demonstrate scientific procedures, and to explain test procedures and other job-related functions. Provide technical advice and/or assistance by telephone, at on-site scenes or in laboratory settings to police and/or fire or legal personnel on immediate measures to be taken in obtaining and handling physical evidence. Confer with investigators regarding facts and suspicions pertaining to cases to determine the types of tests to be performed. Reinforce practices for maintaining the chain of custody for all evidence handled by adhering to laboratory protocols for requesting, receiving, packaging, returning and documenting contact with case-related items and materials. Calibrate laboratory equipment by following documented procedures and laboratory protocols for ensuring that equipment is functioning within the operating parameters set for achieving valid test results and analytical outcomes. Adhere to quality assurance measures and accreditation standards as mandated by all applicable rules, policies, protocols and procedures. Undergo periodic reviews to affirm that training benchmarks are being met and to satisfactorily complete all proficiency and competency tests required to successfully complete the training program.
  • Incumbents at this level have the decision-making authority to: Determine that reagents and solutions are suitable for use in testing and analytical processes per laboratory protocols and quality control standards.
  • Determine that laboratory conditions are suitable for conducting tests and analytical processes per the laboratory quality assurance guidelines. Decide that appropriate scientific outcomes have been reached in order to submit test results and findings for review. Determine the operating condition of laboratory equipment to conclude if it meets or falls below applicable standards for use. Determine if chain of custody protocols for handling evidence have been followed or violated in order to report violations to supervisory personnel. Conduct administrative review of casework.
  • Incumbents apply the knowledge, skills and abilities acquired at entry-level to perform the following: Conduct chemical and biological laboratory or on-site tests by analyzing biological specimens and organic and inorganic substances, by preparing solutions to be used in testing, and by operating laboratory equipment. Determine the presence of alcohol, drugs, poisons, heavy metals, biological fluids such as blood, semen, saliva, urine, and feces as well as chemical and trace materials such as gunshot residues, hairs, fibers, paint and glass by examining clothes, weapons, and sexual assault kits to prepare reports on laboratory tests, and to inform law enforcement and other authorized personnel of results. Contribute to validation of procedures, processes, materials and instruments used for evidence analysis and casework by participating in validation studies as directed;
  • Perform on-site scene processing and/or collection of biological, chemical and material evidence to properly document, collect and transport evidence to the laboratory for further analysis, to analyze chemical and biological samples for the purpose of yielding probative results, and to provide testimony as an expert and/or material witness in court and/or at formal judicial hearings in order to defend the findings of a test examination or analysis, provide opinions on test results/examinations, demonstrate scientific procedures, and to explain test procedures and other job-related functions;
  • Provide technical advice and/or assistance on-site or in laboratory settings to law enforcement, fire, medical and/or legal personnel on immediate measures to be taken in obtaining and handling physical evidence. Confer with investigators regarding facts and suspicions pertaining to cases to determine the types of tests to be performed; Maintain the chain of custody for all evidence handled by adhering to laboratory protocols for requesting, receiving, packaging, returning and documenting contact with case-related items and materials; Conduct administrative and technical review of casework;
  • Conduct seminars, lectures and demonstrations before civic and professional groups, medical, legal and law enforcement personnel and judicial institutions.
  • Supervise Forensic Scientists of a lower level at on-site scenes as they identify, collect, preserve and evaluate physical evidence; Supervise Forensic Scientists of a lower level in work units to manage caseloads and assignment of cases to Forensic Scientists of a lower level, and in cross-disciplinary projects, processes, and functions where advanced subject matter knowledge is required to lead activities, provide training and direction, and oversee production of results and outcomes; provide specialized training to Assistant District Attorneys, police and fire personnel on the collection and preservation of evidence and on laboratory operations; perform validation studies for work groups or units.
  • Carefully review the minimum entrance requirements for this position. If you do not have full competence as a forensic analyst within an accredited laboratory in a relevant forensic science specialization, and documented experience in providing testimony as both an expert and material witness in legal proceedings, you will not be considered for this position.

Requirements:

  • Applicants must have a Bachelors degree in the natural sciences, including Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Forensic Science, Pharmacology or Physics
  • AND
  • At least three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience as a bench chemist or forensic scientist in a crime laboratory or comparable setting
  • AND
  • Full competence as a forensic analyst within an accredited laboratory in a relevant forensic science specialization, and documented experience in providing testimony as both an expert and material witness in legal proceedings
  • OR
  • Any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
  • Substitutions: A Masters or higher degree in the natural sciences, including Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Forensic Science, Pharmacology or Physics may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.
  • Incumbents are required to have a current and valid motor vehicle drivers license at a class level specific to assignment.

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Posted: May 31, 2018



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