Job of the Day: Forensic Scientist

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Texas Department of Public Safety
Job: FORENSIC SCIENTIST I, II, OR III

Description
Seeking a qualified individual to conduct specialized chemical, microscopic and instrumental analyses of evidentiary materials to determine the presence of controlled drugs, prepare technical reports and testify in court. Individuals will prepare case records, assist in disposal of evidence and may be required to travel to crime scenes to gather evidence. Individuals will have the ability to follow established standard operating procedures, have good communication skills, and be able to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers. A strong candidate is knowledgeable about instrumental analyses techniques (such as Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry). The preferred candidate also has full-time work experience in a laboratory utilizing the instrumental analyses techniques above, or has completed an internship in a forensic laboratory. The ideal candidate has full-time work experience in a forensic laboratory performing analyses of evidentiary materials to determine the presence of controlled drugs or a similar function in a laboratory setting.

Skills / Requirements
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Working knowledge of the principles and practices of analytical chemistry and instrumentation applicable to criminalistics. Ability to: prepare detailed technical reports; conduct exhaustive complex chemical analyses; and present scientific data in an understandable manner to lay juries.

JOB DUTIES: Conducts specialized chemical, microscopic, and instrumental analyses of evidentiary materials to determine the presence of controlled drugs. Interprets analyses of evidentiary materials to determine the presence of controlled drugs. Interprets analyses results. Keeps case records. Prepares technical reports and testifies in court. Keeps records of evidence and its disposal. May be required to travel to crime scenes to gather evidence. Performs related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in Chemistry (transcript[s] required).

Important Notes
OTHER: The Department of Public Safety completes background investigations, including criminal history record checks on prospective employees. Felony convictions and certain misdemeanor convictions will be cause for immediate rejection. ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES. A certified copy of the selected applicant’s birth certificate or naturalization certificate will be required prior to employment.

DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS WE DO NOT ACCEPT TELEPHONE CALLS. ONLY CANDIDATES SELECTED FOR INTERVIEW WILL BE CONTACTED.

Further screening based on objective, job-related factors will be conducted on all applicants meeting the minimum requirements for this posting so that only the top ten (10) candidates will be interviewed.

Pay
SALARY: $3,408.35-$4,650.22 per month


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