Forensic Scientist I - Trace/Arson and Explosive Unit
Forensic Scientist I - Trace/Arson and Explosive Unit - (2100049V)
a formal training program, incumbents:
Complete comprehensive training in current methods and techniques used to
conduct chemical and biological laboratory or on-site tests including, but not
limited to, analyzing biological specimens and organic and inorganic
substances; preparing solutions to be used in testing; and operating laboratory
equipment. Develop proficiency in applying established protocols and procedures
to determine the presence of alcohol, drugs, poisons, heavy metals, biological
fluids (i. e. blood, semen, saliva, urine, and feces) as well as chemical and
trace materials such as gunshot residues, hairs, fibers, paint and glass by
examining clothes, weapons, sexual assault kits, and analyzing
explosives/ignitable liquids to prepare reports on laboratory tests and to
inform law enforcement and other authorized personnel of results. Engage in
practical application of learned methods and procedures for performing on-site
scene processing to properly document, collect and transport evidence to the
laboratory for further analysis and to analyze chemical and biological samples
for the purpose of yielding probative results.
Provide testimony as an expert and/or material witness in court and/or at
formal judicial hearings in order to defend the findings of a test examination
or analysis, provide opinions on test results/examinations, demonstrate
scientific procedures, and to explain test procedures and other job-related
functions. Follow formal instruction to provide technical advice and/or
assistance by telephone, at on-site scenes or in laboratory settings to police
and/or fire or legal personnel on immediate measures to be taken in obtaining
and handling physical evidence. Confer with investigators regarding facts and
suspicions pertaining to cases to determine the types of tests to be performed.
Reinforce practices for maintaining the chain of custody for all evidence
handled by adhering to laboratory protocols for requesting, receiving,
packaging, returning and documenting contact with case-related items and
materials. Calibrate laboratory equipment by following documented procedures
and laboratory protocols for ensuring that equipment is functioning within the
operating parameters set for achieving valid test results and analytical outcomes.
Adhere to quality assurance measures and accreditation standards as mandated by
all applicable rules, policies, protocols and procedures. Undergo periodic
reviews to affirm that training benchmarks are being met and to satisfactorily
complete all proficiency and competency tests required to successfully complete
the training program. Conduct extraction of samples containing DNA and prepare reports including the
interpretation of these extractions in order to inform law enforcement and
other authorized personnel of results.
Through formal training incumbents at
this level develop the decision-making authority to: Determine that reagents
and solutions are suitable for use in testing and analytical processes per
laboratory protocols and quality control standards. Determine that laboratory conditions are
suitable for conducting tests and analytical processes per the laboratory
quality assurance guidelines. Decide that appropriate scientific outcomes have
been reached in order to submit test results and findings for review. Determine
the operating condition of laboratory equipment to conclude if it meets or
falls below applicable standards for use. Determine if chain of custody
protocols for handling evidence have been followed or violated in order to report
violations to supervisory personnel. Conduct administrative review of casework.
QualificationsThis requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
Applicants must have a Bachelors degree in the natural sciences, including Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Forensic Science, Pharmacology or Physics and (A) must successfully complete on-the-job training to attain full competence as a forensic analyst in a designated forensic science specialization within one year of the date of hire.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Official Title: Forensic Scientist IPrimary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Maynard - 124 Acton StreetJob: Laboratory ServicesAgency: Department of State PoliceSchedule: Full-timeShift: DayJob Posting: May 10, 2021, 4:53:36 PMNumber of Openings: 1Salary: 55,935.88 - 81,432.26 YearlyIf you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Stephen Gabriel - 508-820-2210Bargaining Unit: 09-MOSES - Engineers/ScientistsConfidential: No