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Forensic Scientist I-III, Trace Evidence

Texas Department of Public Safety, Austin, Texas

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

Final Filing Date: Ongoing

Forensic Scientist I - Trace Evidence
  • 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 - Trace Evidence
  • 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 - Trace Evidence
  • 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:

Forensic Scientist I - Trace Evidence
  • 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.
  • Reads required training materials and performs competency tests on samples provided.
  • Receives instruction on the operating of complex analytical instrumentation used in the chemical analysis and characterization.
  • Learns and performs basic collections, examinations and comparisons of one or more categories including Gun Shot Residue, unknown substances, fire debris, physical comparison, glass, filaments, impressions, hair, paint, and fiber, to retrieve and identify trace evidence.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Forensic Scientist II - Trace Evidence
  • 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.
  • Uses complex microscopic and analytical instrumentation to conduct examinations and comparisons of one or more categories including Gunshot Primer Residue, fire debris, unknown substances, physical comparison, glass, filaments, impressions, hair, fibers, pressure sensitive tape, paint and polymers.
  • Completes verification, technical review, and proficiency tests as required.
  • Maintains awareness of current research within the discipline.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Forensic Scientist III - Trace Evidence
  • 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.
  • Uses complex microscopic and analytical instrumentation to conduct examinations and comparisons of one or more categories including Gunshot Primer Residue, fire debris, unknown substances, physical comparison, glass, filaments, impressions, hair, fibers, pressure sensitive tape, paint and polymers.
  • Completes verification, technical review, and proficiency tests as required.
  • Maintains awareness of current research within the discipline.
  • 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 other duties as assigned.

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 including the successful completion of sixteen (16) semester hours of chemistry.
  • 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 – Trace Evidence: None
  • Forensic Scientist II – Trace Evidence: A minimum of one (1) year of full-time work experience as a Forensic Scientist I or the equivalent experience in an accredited crime laboratory in the same respective forensic discipline. Documented completion of the training program.
  • Forensic Scientist III – Trace Evidence: A minimum of three (3) years’ of work experience as a Forensic Scientist II or the equivalent work experience in an accredited crime laboratory in the same forensic discipline. Documented completion of the training program.
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: April 5, 2021


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