Forensic Scientist I-III Bio/DNA (Requisition 00029392)

Texas Department of Public Safety, Waco, TX, US

Responsibilities

Forensic Scientist I - Bio/DNA
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 - Bio/DNA
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 - Bio/DNA
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.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES:  

  • Trains on receiving and returning evidence items and completing proper forms according to strict transfer procedures to guarantee and maintain the integrity of accepted chain of evidence for each item.
  • May contact various law enforcement officials and others to obtain and/or provide information related to offense to which provided evidence items are relevant.
  • Trains on preparation of preliminary and final reports concerning results of each analysis performed.
  • May serve 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 (Bio/DNA):

  • Reads required training materials and demonstrates understanding of procedures through analysis of competency test samples provided.
  • Learns the examination and collection of stains to determine the presence of blood and other human body tissues and secretions, procedures used to extract DNA from these tissues, and to conduct DNA testing to compare criminal evidence with samples of known origin.
  • Learns to evaluate, interpret, and document the DNA tests, and to review the work of other DNA analysts.

Forensic Scientist II (Bio/DNA):

  • Examines stains to determine the presence of blood and other human body tissues and secretions, perform procedures used to extract DNA from these tissues, and conduct DNA testing to compare evidence with samples of known origin.
  • Evaluates, interprets, and documents the DNA tests, and reviews the work of other DNA analysts.
  • Completes technical review and proficiency tests as required.
  • Stays current with scientific literature specifically related to forensic biology and DNA.

Forensic Scientist III (Bio/DNA):

  • Participates in method validations and assists in the technical aspects of quality assurance duties as required.
  • 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 or handles individual characteristic database samples following relevant procedures.
  • 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/or final reports concerning results of each analysis performed. 
  • Serves as an expert witness in court.
  • 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 more exacting and intricate examinations in most difficult cases and assists and teaches other examiners in the more difficult examinations.

 

Qualifications

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS and REQUIREMENTS:  

Education – Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree  with a major in biology, chemistry or forensic science*, including the successful completion of sixteen (16) semester hours of chemistry, and a minimum of one (1) 3-semester-hour course each in statistics, genetics, upper division molecular biology (molecular genetics), and biochemistry.  

*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 (Bio/DNA):
None.

Forensic Scientist II (Bio/DNA):
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 (Bio/DNA):
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 have a forensic analyst license from the Texas Forensic Science Commission 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)

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