Forensic Scientist I, II, III Biology Unit

Fort Worth Police Department Crime Laboratory, Fort Worth, TX, US

Responsibilities

Forensic Scientist II:

  • Examines evidence for the presence of biological material and, when necessary, collects trace material.
  • Performs serological and DNA testing.
  • Interprets single-source DNA typing results to include making comparisons to known profiles, making determinations about the inclusion or exclusion of contributors and making determinations about profiles to be entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
  • Utilizes statistical databases to make determinations about the frequency of occurrence of profiles developed in the laboratory.
  • Performs serology technical reviews.
  • Determines suitability for entry into CODIS and complies with the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories.

Forensic Scientist III:

  • Examines more complex evidence for the presence of biological material and, when necessary, collects trace material.
  • Performs serological and DNA testing.
  • Interprets DNA mixtures.
  • Performs technical reviews on non-mixture DNA cases.
  • Performs additional Unit responsibilities such as maintaining inventory, ordering supplies, calibrations, outsourcing, etc.
  • Determines suitability for entry into CODIS and complies with the FBI Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in chemical, physical, biological science, chemical engineering, or forensic science from an accredited university.
  • Ability to obtain a valid Texas driver's license within six (6) months from hire date.
  • Provide a buccal DNA sample after hire date.
  • Must obtain a Texas Forensic Analyst License within one (1) year of hire date.
  • Ability to comply with all Texas Forensic Science Commission requirements

Forensic Scientist I –No experience required.

Forensic Scientist II - At least three (3) years of relevant independent discipline-specific casework experience as a qualified Forensic Scientist I (or equivalent) is required.

Forensic Scientist III - At least five (5) years of more complex independent discipline-specific casework experience as a qualified Forensic Scientist II (or equivalent) is required.

All Forensic Scientist (I-III) must adhere to the assigned work schedule as outlined in the Department and City attendance policies and procedures, ensure all behaviors comply with the City’s Personnel Rules and Regulations, perform other duties as assigned. Refer to http://fortworthtexas.gov/hr/job-descriptions/ for complete job descriptions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Higher levels of education, experience and certifications as related to the vacancy;
  • One or more years of practical experience working in a chemistry laboratory;
  • Documentation specifying completion of a formal training program as a forensic drug analyst;
  • Extensive experience with GC-MS, FT-IR and LC/MS in analyzing illegal substances;
  • Experience in performing blood alcohol level determinations utilizing headspace GC and GC/MS technology;
  • Experience as an expert witness in court and have experience preparing scientific reports for law enforcement agencies;
  • Good oral and written communication skills for lay, legal and technical audiences;
  • Familiarity of ANAB accreditation or previous ASCLD / LAB requirements and good knowledge of quality assurance and quality control principles and procedures;
  • Extensive customer service;
  • Extensive public contact customer service skills.

Final candidates selected for hire in the Police Department will be subject to a fingerprint/criminal history background check and polygraph examination. Applicants must not have used marijuana during the previous two (2) years, nor illegally used any controlled substances within the last ten (10) years.

Compensation

Pay Range: $51,232 - $79,566 annual compensation

How to apply

Apply at City of Fort Worth website.

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