Forensic Scientist I-VI BAL (Requisition 00029031)

Texas Department of Public Safety, Bryan, TX, US

Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES

Forensic Scientist I - II:

  • 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.

  • Performs technical supervision of certified breath test programs as stated in the Texas Breath Alcohol Testing Regulations.

  • Learns use of specialized chemical analyses and preparation of chemical solutions.

  • Prepares technical reports.

  • Repairs and maintains electronic breath testing equipment.

  • Supervises Breath Test Operators regarding operation, care, and knowledge of breath testing instruments.

Forensic Scientist III - VI:

  • 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.

  • Performs technical supervision of certified breath test programs as stated in the Texas Breath Alcohol Testing Regulations.

  • May use specialized chemical analyses and preparation of chemical solutions.

  • Prepares technical reports.

  • Repairs and maintains electronic breath testing equipment.

  • Supervises Breath Test Operators regarding operation, care, and knowledge of breath testing instruments.

  • Assists in training technical personnel in breath testing procedures, as assigned.

  • Attends work regularly and observes approved work hours in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

***  Only current Breath Alcohol Lab Forensic Scientists employed in the TxDPS Crime Lab will qualify for a Forensic Scientist IV - VI.  ***

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS and REQUIREMENTS

Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree  with a major in Chemistry, or with a major in another scientific field including a minimum of eighteen (18) hours in Chemistry, no more than eight (8) hours of which may be freshman level.

Experience:

  • Forensic Scientist I: None.

  • Forensic Scientist II: A minimum of one (1) year of work experience as a Breath Test Forensic Scientist I or the equivalent experience as a Technical Supervisor in another certified Texas Breath Alcohol Testing Program, or as per current Texas Breath Alcohol Testing Regulations requirements.

  • Forensic Scientist III: A minimum of three (3) years’ of work experience as a Breath Test Forensic Scientist II (four [4] years’ total) or the     equivalent experience as a Technical Supervisor in another certified Texas Breath Alcohol Testing Program or as per current Texas Breath Alcohol Testing Regulations requirements.

  • Forensic Scientist IV: A minimum of eight (8) years’ of work experience as a Forensic Scientist in an accredited crime laboratory in the same respective forensic discipline and successful completion of a promotional exam with oral board. Documented completion of the training program.

  • Forensic Scientist V: A minimum of sixteen (16) years’ of work experience as a Forensic Scientist in an accredited crime laboratory in the same respective forensic discipline and successful completion of the Forensic Scientist IV promotional exam with oral board. Documented completion of the training program.

  • Forensic Scientist VI: A minimum of twenty (20) years’ work experience as a Forensic Scientist in an accredited crime laboratory in in the same respective forensic discipline and successful completion of the Forensic Scientist IV promotional exam with oral board. 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.

Compensation

$4,338.83 - $7,932.51 (Monthly)

How to apply

Job Description - DPS - CLD - Forensic Scientist I - VI, Breath Alcohol Lab - 6052 - 6057 (00028944) (taleo.net)

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