Forensic Scientist I and II

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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Las Vegas
Job Description: 

All Assigned Forensic Scientists

1.Exemplify the Department values, both on and off duty.
2.Perform laboratory analyses of physical evidence in one or more of the disciplines of the forensic laboratory; regularly demonstrate proficiency in assigned forensic discipline; multi-task to meet caseload requirements.
3.Collect, receive, preserve and handle physical evidence; implement evidence control; document and maintain chain of custody; and preserve the integrity of evidence examined.
4.Ensure accuracy of information received; prepare detailed notes to properly document analytical results and support conclusions; interpret and analyze test results; maintain appropriate case file documentation.
5.Prepare comprehensive scientific reports, declarations, and affidavits regarding examinations and conclusions; collect statistical data.
6.Operate specialized software on equipment and multiple computer platforms.
7.Prepare a variety of reagents, solutions, standards and controls using established forensic laboratory practices.
8.Conduct research and evaluate new procedures and methods; recommend new procedures and update existing ones.
9.Participate in the development and validation of new methods and/or instrumentation.
10.Operate, calibrate, troubleshoot and perform minor repairs and preventive maintenance on laboratory equipment and analytical instruments.
11.Coordinate work activities with other sections of the Department; provide consultation regarding analytical results, investigative leads and execution of search warrants.
12.Train and provide technical instructions and guidance to lower level staff; train law enforcement personnel.
13.Prepare evidence for presentation in court; meet with attorneys, investigators or other law enforcement personnel regarding the interpretation of examinations conducted; testify as an expert in court in relation to scientific principles and examination results.
14.Follow standard forensic laboratory operating procedures.
15.Independently examine evidence and draw scientific conclusions.
16.Stay current in new trends and innovations in the field of forensic science; attend seminars, lectures, and other training and development activities.
17.Review other analysts’ data and reports using technical, and/or administrative review protocols.
18.Collect and maintain specimens/materials for reference collections.
19.Ensure adherence to accreditation standards in performance of job duties.
20.Provide scientific assistance to attorneys, state law makers, and regulatory agencies.

Position-Specific Conditions

Training, Education and Experience

Three years of full-time, forensic scientist professional work experience in toxicology analysis.

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a physical or natural science or a forensic science related field and successful completion of 24 college level credits in chemistry. Applicants MUST attach a copy of their LEGIBLE transcript(s), which demonstrates proof of educational requirements, to their application at the time of submission. Failure to attach a legible transcript will result in automatic disqualification.

*License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Nevada driver license.

Best Candidates Will Have

•At least four years of recent experience performing forensic toxicology analysis, including three or more of the following areas: ◦Immunoassay screening of drugs of abuse in biological specimens;
◦Quantitative confirmation testing of drugs of abuse in biological specimens;
◦Calibration/maintenance of evidentiary breath test instruments; and/or
◦Determination of ethanol concentration in biological specimens.

•Knowledge of current analytical instrumentation used in forensic toxicology, including GC/MS, LC/MS/MS, GC/HS, and ELISA;
•Experience in GC/MS, LC/MS/MS, GC/HS and/or ELISA method validation;
•Certification in Forensic Toxicology from the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) or other recognized and accepted certifying organization;
•Familiarity with the ASCLD/LAB accreditation program;
•Experience in providing technical training to analysts in a laboratory setting and general forensic toxicology training to law enforcement personnel and attorneys; and
•Successful participation in formal external proficiency test programs.

Contact Info
•Jaime Burns, Human Resources Technician, (702) 828-5519