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Forensic Scientist I-III, Toxicology

Texas Department of Public Safety, Garland, Texas

Salary: $4,338.83 - $5,919.76 per month

Final Filing Date: November 20, 2019

Performs (entry-level) independent laboratory tests, analyses, classifications, comparisons and identifications of all types of physical evidence from crime scenes with emphasis and specific recognized expertise in an option or specialty area identified above. Work involves interpreting analytical and instrumental results, and preparing written opinion reports. May perform crime scene investigations. Testifies as an expert witness in court as to results of analyses. Works under close supervision, with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

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  • Receives and returns evidence items and completes proper forms according to strict transfer procedures to guarantee and maintain the integrity of accepted chain of evidence for each item.
  • Contacts various law enforcement officials, crime victims, and others to obtain and/or provide information related to offense to which provided evidence items are relevant.
  • Prepares preliminary and final reports concerning results of each analysis performed.
  • May assist in crime scene investigations, as assigned.
  • Serves as an expert witness in court.
  • Attends work regularly and observes approved work hours in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies.
  • Reads required training materials as they pertain to general laboratory functions and discipline specific manuals and procedures.
  • Receives instruction on the operation of complex analytical instrumentation.
  • Learns and performs basic analyses of biological specimens for alcohol and/or drug content.
  • Evaluates analytical data and prepare case reports.
  • Stays current with scientific literature specifically related to toxicology.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Education -
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in a chemical, physical, biological science, chemical engineering or forensic science* from an accredited university with a minimum of 28 semester hours of chemistry AND the following coursework: two (2) semesters of General Chemistry with Laboratory, two (2) semesters of Organic Chemistry with Laboratory, one (1) semester of analytical chemistry (examples – Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Informatics, Mass Spectrometry, Quantitative Analysis, Separation Science, or Spectroscopic Science), one (1) semester of Instrumental Analysis, and one (1) semester in interpretive science (examples - Biochemistry, Drug Metabolism, Forensic Toxicology, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology, or Toxicology). Must have one (1) semester of college-level statistics course from an accredited university or a program approved by the Texas Forensic Science Commission. A semester should be a minimum of 3 credit hours (or equivalent).
Experience -
  • None.
Licensure and/or Certification –
  • Must possess a valid driver license from state of residence.
  • Must obtain a forensic analyst license from the Texas Forensic Science Commission, following the completion of training, if required by the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Condition of Employment:
  • Must be able to obtain a forensic analyst license from the Texas Forensic Science Commission in accordance with the Code of Criminal Procedure Title 1 Chapter 38.01. This applies to the following forensic disciplines: Toxicology
  • If statistics is required, and the applicant has not passed a college-level statistics course, they must be able to take, pass and provide official transcripts of a college-level statistics course from an accredited university or a program approved by the Forensic Science Commission (FSC), at personal expense, within one hundred twenty (120) days of starting employment
Regulatory Knowledge –
  • Working knowledge of, or the ability to rapidly assimilate information related to TXDPS, State and Federal regulations, legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures.
Forensic Science –
  • Thorough knowledge of principles, techniques and procedures of related forensic science discipline; of understanding of identification principles. Knowledge of safety procedures for handling hazardous chemicals; of proper evidence handling procedures. Skill in use of laboratory equipment and materials. Ability to:
    • Coordinate the handling of evidence between sections;
    • Recommend improvements in methodology and equipment to management;
    • Communicate findings, orally and in writing, in a clear, concise and effective manner;
    • Conduct microscopic examinations requiring accuracy and concentration when relevant;
    • Conduct testing used in examination of evidence
    • Testify in court as an expert witness.
Interpersonal Skills –
  • Must demonstrate an ability to exercise poise, tact, diplomacy and an ability to establish and maintain positive, working/professional relationships with internal/external customers. Ability to work effectively with laboratory, legal, and law enforcement personnel.
Organizational and Prioritization Skills –
  • Must be organized, flexible, and able to effectively prioritize in a multi-demand and constantly changing environment; able to meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines without sacrificing accuracy, timeliness or professionalism.
Presentation/Communication Skills –
  • Must be able to construct and deliver clear, concise, and professional presentations to a variety of audiences and/or individuals.
Research and Comprehension –
  • Must demonstrate ability to quickly and efficiently access relevant information, and be able to utilize and/or present research and conclusions in a clear and concise manner.
Analytical Reasoning/Attention to Detail –
  • Must demonstrate an ability to examine data/information, discern variations/similarities, and be able identify trends, relationships and causal factors, as well as grasp issues, draw accurate conclusions, and solve problems.
Technology (computers/hardware/software/operating systems) –
  • Must possess appropriate levels of proficiency with utilized software and systems and be able to learn new software/systems.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
Confidentiality and Protected Information –
  • Must demonstrate an ability to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information and situations, and adhere to applicable laws/statutes/policies related to access, maintenance and dissemination of information.
Safety –
  • Must be able to work in safe manner at all times, avoiding shortcuts that have potential adverse results/risks, and must be able to comply with safety standards and best practices.
Travel and/or Schedule –
  • Availability for after-hour and weekend work, on occasion, may be required.
PHYSICAL and/or ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS: The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those encountered and/or necessary for the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Environment: Office, Laboratory ;
  • Ambulatory skills, e.g. stand, walk, sit;
  • Hand-eye coordination and arm/hand/finger dexterity;
  • Ability to speak; hear; and exercise visual acuity to perceive minute differences/details, and to withstand the strain of continued close work. Stereoscopic vision sufficient to perform detailed work;
  • Ability to transfer weights of 25 pounds anticipated for this position;
  • Driving requirements: Moderate frequency 10%.

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Posted: November 6, 2019

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