Criminalists work in the District Attorney’s Forensic Laboratory conducting physical evidence analysis. Incumbents also investigate crime scenes, and serve as expert witnesses in court on the subjects of forensic analysis and crime scene investigation. Currently the Forensic Laboratory is seeking applicants with experience in forensic human-performance toxicology; including identification and quantitative methods for drugs in blood as well as instrumental skills in GC/MS, LC/MSMS and other related toxicological instrumentation. In addition, skills in research and validation of toxicology methods are also desirable.
Distinguishing characteristics between the Journey and Senior level are based on assignment and years of experience. The independence of work, complexity and scope of responsibilities is defined as stated below:
• At the journey level, incumbents independently perform technically complex and difficult forensic scientific casework in one or more forensic disciplines; assist in training laboratory staff and law enforcement officers; and may conduct crime scene investigations.
• At the senior level, incumbents perform the most technically complex, difficult, or highly sensitive scientific casework in one or more forensic disciplines; conducts crime scene investigations; researches and develops new methods and/or lead oversight and training of laboratory staff on a regular and recurring basis.
Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in chemistry, forensic chemistry/science, biochemistry, toxicology, criminalistics, or a closely related physical or natural science field that included 20 semester/30 quarter units of general chemistry, organic chemistry (two courses), quantitative techniques, and laboratory sections;
Journey-Level Experience: Two years of full-time directly related experience in a class comparable to Solano County's Criminalist; or
Senior-Level Experience: Four years of full-time directly related journey-level experience in a class comparable to Solano County's Criminalist in one of the following areas: firearms and tool mark comparisons; forensic biology/DNA, trace and impression evidence examinations, drug analysis, and/or forensic alcohol or toxicology.
Note A: Master's degree or higher in one of the scientific fields noted above is desirable and may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
Note B: Assignment as a DNA Technical Leader requires three years of forensic DNA analysis experience.
• Employees conducting forensic alcohol analyses must be eligible to conduct such work as specified by the State of California at the time of appointment
• California Driver's License, Class C
• Some positions may require a Forensic Alcohol Supervisor certification issued by the California Department of Health Services.