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.
Contacts various law enforcement officials, crime victims, and others to obtain and/or provide information related to offense to which provided evidence items are relevant.
Prepares preliminary and final reports concerning results of each analysis performed.
May assist in crime scene investigations, as assigned.
Performs analysis of blood for alcohol content.
Assists in training technical personnel in laboratory procedures, as assigned.
Serves as an expert witness in court, giving testimony regarding results of analyses and examinations of physical evidence.
Participates in on-the-scene investigations and crime scene reconstructions when required.
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.
Initiates and/or conducts experiments or research with new procedures and techniques as assigned.
Represents the Department at conferences and meetings.
Maintains professional contact with nationwide forensic examiners.
Maintains section administrative paperwork and/or coordinates laboratory examinations and court appearances in the absence of the supervisor, as requested.
Performs more exacting and intricate examinations in most difficult cases and assists and teaches other examiners in the more difficult examinations.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Forensic Scientist I
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in chemistry or other natural science with a minimum of twenty-eight (28) hours of chemistry.
Forensic Scientist II
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in chemistry or another natural science with a minimum of twenty-eight (28) hours of chemistry PLUS a minimum of one (1) year work experience as a Forensic Scientist I or the equivalent experience in the same respective forensic discipline.
Forensic Scientist III
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in chemistry or another natural science with a minimum of twenty-eight (28) hours of chemistry PLUS a minimum of three (3) years as a Forensic Scientist II, or the equivalent work experience in the same respective forensic discipline.
*College coursework for Toxicology positions must include two (2) semesters of General Chemistry with Laboratory, two (2) semesters of Organic Chemistry with Laboratory, and two (2) semesters of Analytical Chemistry with Laboratory (must include one (1) semester of Instrumental Analysis)
Applicants must apply electronically at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/txdps/default.cfm.