Forensic Scientist I-III Audio/Video/Image Enhancement (Requisition 00028317)

Texas Department of Public Safety, Austin, TX, US

Responsibilities

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  

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.

Qualifications

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS and REQUIREMENTS:

Education – Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree  with major coursework in Photography, Photo Journalism, Radio Television Film, Forensic Media, Digital Forensics, Forensic Science, or related technical field.  

Any of the following certifications may substitute for the major requirement:
•    Certified Forensic Video Examiner (CFVE)
•    Certified Forensic Video Technician (CFVT)

*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-

Forensic Scientist I Audio/Video/Image Enhancement: None required.

Forensic Scientist II Audio/Video/Image Enhancement:: 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 Audio/Video/Image Enhancement:s: 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.

Regulatory Knowledge – Working knowledge of, or the ability to rapidly assimilate information related to TXDPS, State and Federal regulations, legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures.

Forensic Science – Thorough knowledge of principles, techniques and procedures of related forensic science discipline; of understanding of identification principles.  Knowledge of safety procedures for handling hazardous chemicals; of proper evidence handling procedures.  Skill in use of laboratory equipment and materials.  Ability to:

  • Coordinate the handling of evidence between sections;
  • Recommend improvements in methodology and equipment to management;
  • Communicate findings, orally and in writing, in a clear, concise and effective manner;
  • Conduct microscopic examinations requiring accuracy and concentration when relevant;
  • Conduct testing used in examination of evidence
  • Testify in court as an expert witness.

Interpersonal Skills – Must demonstrate an ability to exercise poise, tact, diplomacy and an ability to establish and maintain positive, working/professional relationships with internal/external customers.  Ability to work effectively with laboratory, legal, and law enforcement personnel.

Organizational and Prioritization Skills – Must be organized, flexible, and able to effectively prioritize in a multi-demand and constantly changing environment; able to meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines without sacrificing accuracy, timeliness or professionalism.

Presentation/Communication Skills – Must be able to construct and deliver clear, concise, and professional presentations to a variety of audiences and/or individuals.

Research and Comprehension – Must demonstrate ability to quickly and efficiently access relevant information, and be able to utilize and/or present research and conclusions in a clear and concise manner.

Analytical Reasoning/Attention to Detail – Must demonstrate an ability to examine data/information, discern variations/similarities, and be able identify trends, relationships and causal factors, as well as grasp issues, draw accurate conclusions, and solve problems.

Technology (computers/hardware/software/operating systems) – Must possess appropriate levels of proficiency with utilized software and systems and be able to learn new software/systems.  Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

Confidentiality and Protected Information – Must demonstrate an ability to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information and situations, and adhere to applicable laws/statutes/policies related to access, maintenance and dissemination of information.

Safety – Must be able to work in safe manner at all times, avoiding shortcuts that have potential adverse results/risks, and must be able to comply with safety standards and best practices.

Travel and/or Schedule – Availability for after-hour and weekend work, on occasion, may be required

Compensation

$4,338.83 - $5,919.76 (Monthly)

How to apply

Job Description - DPS - CLD - Forensic Scientist I-III, Audio/Video/Image Enhancement - 6052 - 6054 (00028317) (taleo.net)

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