Employment Opportunity


Forensic Scientist I/II/III (Toxicology)

Mesa Police Department, Mesa, Arizona

Salary: $50,090.44 - $102,523.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: February 14, 2019

This recruitment will be used to fill a current Forensic Scientist I, II, or III vacancy in the Toxicology Unit, which has been designated as a non-classified, non-merit system, at-will position. This is a contract-funded position established by an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA). The initial IGA period will expire on July 1, 2022, but may be extended. The agreement may also be terminated prior to July 1, 2022 with 12 months notice.

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Duties:

  • A Forensic Scientist I at Pay Grade 48 ($50,090.44 - $72,862.40 annually) is responsible for applying the physical sciences to the investigation of crimes by learning to perform laboratory examinations of physical evidence submitted to the Police Department Forensic Services. This is a professional entry-level class in the Forensic Scientist series. Incumbents in this class receive training in higher skill level duties and perform examinations under close supervision. An employee in this class reads relevant materials and attends training sessions in all aspects of forensic laboratory practices. Routine work is performed independently, but assignments that are more complex may be performed under direct supervision depending on the level of difficulty. As training progresses, incumbents are expected to exercise independence and good judgment. A Forensic Scientist I may progress by noncompetitive promotion to the classification of Forensic Scientist II after successful completion of all requirements stipulated in the criteria-based promotion plan, which include four years of forensic laboratory experience.
  • A Forensic Scientist II at Pay Grade 51 ($57,983.24 - $84,344.00 annually) performs specialized forensic evaluations and/or complex forensic examinations of physical evidence submitted to the Police Department Forensic Services. A Forensic Scientist II is recognized as an expert in at least one area of forensic science, which may include blood alcohol analysis, controlled substance identification, latent print comparison, toxicology, serology/DNA, arson, firearms/toolmark examination, or trace evidence analyses. This class is considered a journey-level position in the Police Department Forensic Services Forensic Scientist series. A Forensic Scientist II may conduct field investigations at crime scenes to search for, collect, and preserve evidence for laboratory analysis; and reconstruct situations and physical evidence of a crime in the demonstration of proof of the connection of persons, instruments, or materials with the crime. Employees in this class may receive further training in order to progress by non-competitive promotion to the classification of Forensic Scientist III upon successful completion of requirements stipulated in the criteria-based promotion plan and the requirements of the class.
  • A Forensic Scientist III at Pay Grade 55 ($70,496.22 - $102,523.20 annually) performs highly specialized forensic evaluations and/or examinations in connection with the identification and comparison of physical evidence submitted to the Police Department Forensic Services. Forensic Scientist III is a professional class in the Forensic Scientist series which involves work in specialized areas of forensic science such as arson, drug identification, toxicology, blood alcohol, breath alcohol, serology, DNA testing, trace evidence analyses, and/or firearm, tool mark, and impression examination. This position is the highest level in the Forensic Scientist series and may be responsible for the technical work direction and training of subordinate Forensic Scientists in all operations and in evidence processing. An employee in this class provides guidance, training, and technical assistance to less experienced personnel. An employee in this class may conduct field investigations at crime scenes to search for, collect, and preserve evidence for laboratory analysis; and reconstruct situations and physical evidence of a crime in the demonstration of proof of the connection of persons, instruments, or materials with the crime.
  • Toxicology Unit Assignment: Forensic Scientists in the Toxicology unit performs forensic examinations of blood and urine related to police investigations. Duties include: blood volatile analysis using headspace gas chromatography; enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) screening of blood and urine for drugs of abuse; confirmations of drugs of abuse from blood and urine utilizing Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), Gas Chromatography - Tandem Mass Spectrometry (GC/MSMSMS), Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MSMSMS), sample preparation using solid-phase extraction (SPE) and associated equipment (positive pressure manifolds and sample concentrators), Liquid/Liquid extractions, pipetting and centrifuges; documentation of quality assurance and controls, maintenance logs, results entered into a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

Requirements:

  • Minimum Qualifications Required. Forensic Scientist I: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's or advanced degree in Biology/Biochemistry, Chemistry, Forensic Science, or a closely related natural science. Job related experience may substitute for the degree requirements on a year-for-year basis. In addition, the following disciplines have specific minimum educational requirements: Toxicology: 24 credit hours of college coursework in chemistry and/or toxicology completed successfully.
  • Minimum Qualifications Required. Forensic Scientist II: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's or advanced degree in Biology/Biochemistry, Chemistry, Forensic Science, or closely related natural science. Job related experience may substitute for the degree requirements on a year-for-year basis. At least four years' experience in a crime laboratory as a Forensic Scientist or equivalent; and acceptance as an expert witness in court in at least one forensic discipline OR successful completion of all requirements stipulated in the criteria-based promotion plan for this classification. In addition, the following disciplines have specific minimum educational requirements. Toxicology: 24 credit hours of college coursework in chemistry and/or toxicology completed successfully.
  • Minimum Qualifications Required. Forensic Scientist III: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's or advanced degree in Biology/Biochemistry, Chemistry, Forensic Science, or closely related natural science. Job related experience may substitute for the degree requirements on a year-for-year basis. At least seven years' experience as a Forensic Scientist or equivalent in a recognized laboratory actively engaged in the forensic sciences; experience testifying in court as an expert witness; and state-of-the-art expertise in a specialized area of forensic science as described in the Distinguishing Features section, OR successful completion of all requirements stipulated in the criteria-based promotion plan for this classification: Toxicology: 24 credit hours of college coursework in chemistry completed successfully.
Special Requirements. Forensic Scientist I, II and III:
  • Because of the confidential, sensitive nature of information handled, successful completion of a background investigation and polygraph is required.
  • Must possess a valid Arizona Driver's License by hire date.
Substance Abuse Testing. Forensic Scientist I, II and III:
  • Due to the safety and/or security sensitive nature of this classification, individuals shall be subject to pre-employment or pre-placement alcohol, drug and/or controlled substance testing as outlined in City policy and procedures.
Preferred/Desirable Qualifications. Forensic Scientist I, II and III:
  • Experience as a Criminalist/Forensic Scientist in an internationally accredited laboratory actively engaged in the forensic sciences.

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Posted: February 1, 2019


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