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Forensic Scientist I-III, Toxicology

Texas Department of Public Safety, Weslaco, Texas

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

Final Filing Date: June 2, 2020

  • Forensic Scientist I - Toxicology: Performs (entry-level) training on 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. Training involves interpreting analytical and instrumental results, and preparing written opinion reports. Trains on testimony 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 - Toxicology: Performs routine (journey-level) forensic science work. Work involves conducting laboratory tests, conducting analyses, and identifying 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; establishing and maintaining records; 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 - Toxicology: Performs moderately complex (journey-level) forensic science work. Work involves conducting laboratory analyses on database samples or 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; establishing and maintaining records; 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:

  • 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.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Forensic Scientist I - Toxicology (A/V)
  • 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/volatiles and/or drug content (Austin only).
  • Evaluates analytical data and prepare case reports.
  • Stays current with scientific literature specifically related to toxicology.
Forensic Scientist II - Toxicology (A/V)
  • Uses complex analytical instrumentation to perform the analysis of blood/urine for alcohol/volatiles and/or analyze body fluids for the presence or absence of pharmaceutical or illicit drugs (Austin only).
  • Evaluates analytical data and prepare case reports.
  • Completes technical review and proficiency tests as required.
  • Stays current with scientific literature specifically related to toxicology.
  • Performs instrument maintenance, troubleshooting, and/or repair, as necessary.
Forensic Scientist III - Toxicology (A/V)
  • Uses complex analytical instrumentation to perform the analysis of blood/urine for alcohol/volatiles and/or analyze body fluids for the presence or absence of pharmaceutical or illicit drugs (Austin only).
  • Evaluates analytical data and prepare case reports.
  • Completes technical review and proficiency tests as required.
  • Stays current with scientific literature specifically related to toxicology.
  • Performs instrument maintenance, troubleshooting, and/or repair, as necessary.
  • Participates in method validations and assists in the technical aspects of quality assurance duties.
  • Demonstrates knowledge, understanding, and adherence to applicable laws/statutes, regulations, and policies.
  • 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.

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 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). A semester should be a minimum of 3 credit hours (or equivalent).
  • *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
  • Substitution Note: A Forensic Analyst license may be substituted for the education requirements
Experience –
  • Forensic Scientist I – Toxicology: None
  • Forensic Scientist II – Toxicology: A minimum of one (1) 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.
  • Forensic Scientist III – Toxicology: A minimum of three (3) years of work experience as a Forensic Scientist II or the equivalent work experience in the same forensic discipline.
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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