Employment Opportunity


Criminalist II - Forensic Alcohol

San Diego County Sheriff's Department, San Diego, California

Salary: $91,728.00 - $112,673.60 Annually

Final Filing Date: February 7, 2019

The Sheriff's Department is seeking candidates for a Criminalist II in the Forensic Alcohol unit of the Crime Lab.

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Duties:

  • This position is responsible for the collection, preservation, analysis and interpretation of physical evidence relevant to law enforcement investigations.
  • This position also testifies in court as an expert witness.

Requirements:

A bachelor's degree from an US accredited college or university or certificate of foreign equivalency in chemistry, biology, or a closely related field, with completed course work consisting of at least eight (8) semester/twelve (12) quarter units of general chemistry AND, experience listed in option one or two below:
  • Three (3) years of experience as a Criminalist I with the San Diego Sheriff's Crime Laboratory including the explanation and presentation of laboratory tests in a court of law as an expert witness; OR,
  • Three (3) years of comparable, full-time experience conducting a variety of forensic examinations including the explanation and presentation of laboratory tests in a court of law as an expert witness; and must be proficient in one (1) of the following areas:
    • Analysis of solid dose narcotics and dangerous drugs:
      • Experience with three (3) or more of the operational techniques in analyzing solid dose narcotics; AND
      • Analyzing and presenting court testimony for at least three (3) different solid dose narcotics and dangerous drugs
    • Analysis of alcohol content of blood & urine in forensic samples:
      • Independently performed analytical procedures; AND,
      • Used Direct Injection GC, Head-Space GC, Passive Diffusion or Steam Distillation; AND,
      • Experience in blood sample analysis; AND,
      • Appeared in court at least five (5) times as an interpretive expert.
    • Analysis of blood or body fluids for genetic characterization:
      • Experience with three (3) techniques used in analyzing blood and other body fluid stains or has independently performed forensic DNA analysis including interpretation of results; AND,
      • Appeared in court at least once as an expert witness.
    • Analysis of trace evidence:
      • Experience in identifying and analyzing trace evidence in at least three (3) of the items listed below; AND
      • Appeared in court as an expert witness, describing at least one of the following items: Paint, Fibers, Hairs, Arson, Explosives, Glass Fragments Impressions, physical match or miscellaneous chemical analysis.
    • Analysis of blood, urine, or other materials for drugs and poisons:
      • Experience to include at least one court testimony in toxicology
    • Processing crime scenes for physical evidence:
      • Processed five (5) crime scenes, of which three (3) are homicide scenes; AND,
      • Appeared in court at least once as an expert witness, describing how a crime scene was processed.
    • Firearms and tool marks examinations.
      • Experience in firearms analysis to include at least one testimony as an expert witness describing firearms-related analysis, methods, results, and interpretation.
NOTE:
  • Some positions require a Master's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency, or higher in order to qualify as a Technical Leader under the Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories. The Master's degree shall be in a biology-, chemistry-, or forensic science-related area and include 12 semester hours or equivalent credit hours from a combination of graduate and undergraduate course work in biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and statistics and/or population genetics. The 12 semester hours or equivalent credit hours shall include at least one graduate level course registering 3 or more semester hours or the equivalent credit hours.
  • A Master's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency may substitute for one year of experience.

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Posted: January 10, 2018


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