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Forensic Scientist I-III, Firearms & Toolmarks

Texas Department of Public Safety, Austin, Texas

Salary: $4,338.83 - $5,919.76 Monthly

Final Filing Date: Ongoing

  • Forensic Scientist I: 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.
  • Forensic Scientist II: Performs routine (journey-level) forensic science work. Work involves conducting laboratory tests, conducting analyses, and identifying physical evidence from crime scenes; interpreting analytical results; establishing and maintaining records pertaining to casework and court testimony; preparing technical reports; and testifying as an expert witness in court. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
  • Forensic Scientist III: Performs moderately complex (journey-level) forensic science work. Work involves conducting laboratory tests, conducting analyses, and identifying physical evidence from crime scenes; interpreting analytical results; establishing and maintaining records pertaining to casework and court testimony; preparing technical reports; and testifying as an expert witness in court. Works under general supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

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Duties:

Forensic Scientist I Firearms & Toolmarks:
  • Trains on receiving and returning evidence items and completing proper forms according to strict transfer procedures to guarantee and maintain the integrity of accepted chain of evidence for each item.
  • May contact various law enforcement officials and others to obtain and/or provide information related to offense to which provided evidence items are relevant.
  • Trains on preparation of preliminary and final reports concerning results of each analysis performed.
  • May serve as an expert witness in court.
  • Attends work regularly and observes approved work hours in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Trains in Firearm & Toolmarks identifications including the study of texts on firearms, gunshot residue, ammunition, and the theory of firearms identification.
  • Works on various firearms related assignments as assigned by the supervisor and takes written and oral tests over assigned materials.
  • Receives instruction on operation of comparison microscope and other scientific equipment.
  • Completes proficiency tests utilizing developed skills and participates in mock trials.
  • Learns to identify firearms by make, caliber type and class characteristics and to compare microscopic striations on primers, firing pin impressions and cartridge case bodies.
  • Learns preparation of metals and other materials for visual and microscopic examinations.
  • Learns to conduct microscopic examinations and comparisons of tools and toolmarks.
  • Researches forensic science field and scientific journals for new advances in Firearms & Toolmarks examinations.
Forensic Scientist II Firearms & Toolmarks:
  • 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 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.
  • Serves as an expert witness in court.
  • Attends work regularly and observes approved work hours in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Performs Firearms & Toolmarks examinations including bullet defect identification.
  • Conducts macroscopic, microscopic and physical examinations to compare striations on primers, firing pin impressions, cartridge case bodies, tools and toolmarks.
  • Conducts shotgun spread pattern tests and visible powder burn determinations for distance determination.
  • Completes verification, technical review and proficiency tests as required.
  • Researches forensic science field and scientific journals for new advances in Firearms & Toolmarks examinations.
Forensic Scientist III Firearms & Toolmarks:
  • 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 or handles individual characteristic database samples following relevant procedures.
  • Contacts various law enforcement officials, and others to obtain and/or provide information related to offense to which provided evidence items are relevant.
  • Prepares preliminary and/or final reports concerning results of each analysis performed.
  • Serves as an expert witness in court.
  • Researches forensic science field and studies current material in scientific journals regarding new advances and techniques in forensic examinations.
  • Lectures to or instructs law enforcement groups, schools, and others at the discretion of, or, in absence of supervisor.
  • Represents the Department at conferences and meetings.
  • Maintains professional contact with nationwide forensic examiners.
  • Performs more exacting and intricate examinations in most difficult cases and assists and teaches other examiners in the more difficult examinations.
  • Attends work regularly and observes approved work hours in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Performs Firearms & Toolmarks examinations including bullet defect identification.
  • Conducts macroscopic, microscopic and physical examinations to compare striations on primers, firing pin impressions, cartridge case bodies, tools and toolmarks.
  • Conducts shotgun spread pattern tests and visible powder burn determinations for distance determination.
  • Completes verification, technical review and proficiency tests as required.
  • Researches forensic science field and scientific journals for new advances in Firearms & Toolmarks examinations.

Requirements:

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.
  • *Forensic science programs must be either FEPAC-accredited OR meet the minimum curriculum requirements pertaining to natural science core courses and specialized science courses set forth in the FEPAC Accreditation Standards. Must have a three-semester credit hour (or equivalent) college-level statistics course from an accredited university or a program approved by the Commission.
  • Substitution Note: A Forensic Analyst license may be substituted for the education requirements.
Experience-
  • Forensic Scientist I Firearms & Toolmarks: None required.
  • Forensic Scientist II Firearms & Toolmarks: A minimum of two (2) years of full-time work experience as a Forensic Scientist I or the equivalent experience in a recognized crime laboratory in the same respective forensic discipline-Firearms/Toolmarks.
  • Forensic Scientist III Firearms & Toolmarks: A minimum of three (3) years of full-time work experience as a Forensic Scientist II or the equivalent experience in a recognized crime laboratory in the same respective forensic discipline-Firearms/Toolmarks.
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.

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Posted: May 21, 2020

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