Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist Team Lead, Trace Evidence

Texas Department of Public Safety, Austin, Texas

Salary: $6,219.76 - $8,297.97 per month

Final Filing Date: Ongoing

Perform advanced (senior-level) forensic science management work. Lead a team with five (5) personnel but less than ten (10) in specialized analyses of evidentiary material. Plan, assign, and supervise the work of others. Work under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

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  • Manage other Forensic Scientists in the Section in determining work assignments and priorities and may serve as the Technical Leader for the discipline.
  • Conduct advanced analyses and examinations of evidentiary exhibits; keeps case records, prepares technical reports; testifies in court on laboratory findings.
  • Develop and teach new and improved techniques and procedures to other crime laboratory personnel.
  • Provide training to new Forensic Scientists in conducting forensic analysis and examinations of physical evidence.
  • Perform proficiency tests and may review proficiency test work performed by the section staff or monitor testimony of section staff when needed.
  • May conduct crime scene investigations to gather physical evidence or coordinate the sending of other Forensic Scientists to a crime scene as needed.
  • Research and study current forensic science material in scientific journals regarding new advances and techniques in order to improve, adapt, and implement new procedures and techniques.
  • May conduct lecturing and teaching assignments to law enforcement groups, schools, etc. and represent the Department at conferences and meetings.
  • May assist Section Supervisor/Lab Manager in evaluating the performance of other Forensic Scientists.
  • Communicate with officers and prosecuting attorneys to determine whether needs for forensic services are being met.
  • Attend work regularly and observe approved work hours in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education –
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with Major in a chemical, physical, biological science, chemical engineering or forensic science*, 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.
Experience –
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in a Crime Laboratory performing Gun Shot Residue and/or Ignitable Liquid Residue (Fire Debris) analysis. A Master’s degree or PhD may substitute for one (1) year applicable experience.
Licensure and/or Certification -
  • 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.
  • If driving is required, must possess a valid driver license from state of residence.

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Posted: May 24, 2021

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