DPS - LES - Forensic Scientist I-III (Toxicology)

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY - Austin, TX (30+ days ago)3.8


DPS - LES - Forensic Scientist I-III (Toxicology) (00002006)

Organization: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Primary Location: Texas-Austin

Work Locations: AUSTIN (5800 GUADALUPE ST) 5800 GUADALUPE ST Austin 78752

Job: Life, Physical, and Social Science

Employee Status: Regular

Schedule: Full-time

Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00

State Job Code: 6052 6053, 6054

Salary Admin Plan: B

Grade: 19 B20, B21

Salary (Pay Basis): 3,615.69 - 4,933.11

Number of Openings: 1

Overtime Status: Non-exempt

Job Posting: May 14, 2018, 1:42:45 PM

Closing Date: Jun 4, 2018, 11:59:00 PM

Description

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*****Copies of Official Transcripts are Required (Applications without copies of official transcripts will not be accepted)*****

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
Forensic Scientist I - Toxicology

Performs (entry-level) independent laboratory tests, analyses, classifications, comparisons and identifications of all types of physical evidence from crime scenes with emphasis and specific recognized expertise in an option or specialty area identified above. Work involves interpreting analytical and instrumental results, and preparing written opinion reports. Performs crime scene investigations. Testifies as an expert witness in court as to results of analyses. Works under close supervision, with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Forensic Scientist II - Toxicology

Performs routine (journey-level) forensic science work. Work involves conducting laboratory tests, conducting analyses, and identifying physical evidence from crime scenes; interpreting analytical results; establishing and maintaining records pertaining to casework and court testimony; preparing technical reports; and testifying as an expert witness in court. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Forensic Scientist III - Toxicology

Performs moderately complex (journey-level) forensic science work. Work involves conducting laboratory tests, conducting analyses, and identifying physical evidence from crime scenes; interpreting analytical results; establishing and maintaining records pertaining to casework and court testimony; preparing technical reports; and testifying as an expert witness in court. Works under general supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

The following Military Occupational Specialty codes are generally applicable to this position. Applicants must fully complete the summary of experience to determine if minimum qualifications are met.

31B, 31D, 311A, 31A, 649X, 749X, 401, 023, OAP12, 5805, 5803, 7S0X1, 3P0X1, 31PX, 71SX

ESSENTIAL DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Receives and returns evidence items and complete proper forms according to strict transfer procedures to guarantee and maintain the integrity of accepted chain of evidence for each item.

2. 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.

3. Prepares preliminary and final reports concerning results of each analysis performed.

4. May assist in crime scene investigations including on-the-scene investigations and crime scene reconstructions, as assigned.

5. Serves as an expert witness in court.

6. May research the forensic science and studies current material in scientific journals regarding new advances and techniques in forensic examinations.

7. May lecture to or instruct law enforcement groups, schools, and others at the discretion of, or, in absence of supervisor.

8. May represent the Department at conferences and meetings.

9. Performs other duties as assigned.

Forensic Scientist I - Toxicology

10. Reads required training materials and performs proficiency tests on samples provided.

11. Receives instruction on the operating of complex analytical instrumentation used in the chemical analysis and characterization.

12. Learns and performs basic examinations and comparisons of hair, paint, cloth and fiber, clothing to retrieve and identify trace evidence, or *analysis of blood or other body fluids for alcohol content and drug content; learns to collect evidence at crime scenes.

Forensic Scientist II - Toxicology

10. Uses complex analytical instrumentation to perform the analysis of blood/urine for alcohol content or analyzes body fluids for the presence or absence of pharmaceutical or illicit drugs.

11. Uses complex analytical instrumentation to conduct examinations and comparisons of hair, paint, cloth and fiber, and examines clothing or other objects to retrieve and identify trace evidence.

12. Assists in training technical personnel in laboratory procedures, as assigned.

Forensic Scientist III - Toxicology

10. Performs more exacting and intricate examinations in most difficult cases and assists and teaches other examiners in the more difficult examinations.

11. Uses complex analytical instrumentation to perform the analysis of blood/urine for alcohol content or analyzes body fluids for the presence or absence of pharmaceutical or illicit drugs.

12. Uses complex analytical instrumentation to conduct examinations and comparisons of hair, paint, cloth and fiber, and examines clothing or other objects to retrieve and identify trace evidence.

13. Assists in training technical personnel in laboratory procedures, as assigned.

Qualifications

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS(Required unless otherwise stated)

Education – 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. College coursework 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).

Experience –

Forensic Scientist I - Toxicology

None

Forensic Scientist II - Toxicology
A minimum of one (1) years of full-time work experience as a Forensic Scientist I or the equivalent experience in a recognized crime laboratory in the same respective forensic discipline.

Forensic Scientist III - Toxicology
A minimum of three (3) years of work experience as a Forensic Scientist II or the equivalent work experience in the same forensic discipline.

Licensure and/or Certification – If driving is required must possess a valid driver license from state of residence.

Regulatory knowledge – Working knowledge of, or the ability to rapidly assimilate information related to TXDPS, State and Federal regulations, legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures.

Forensic Science – Thorough knowledge of principles, techniques and procedures of related forensic science discipline; of understanding of identification principles. Knowledge of safety procedures for handling hazardous chemicals; of proper evidence handling procedures. Skill in use of laboratory equipment and materials. Ability to:
Coordinate the handling of evidence between sections;
Recommend improvements in methodology and equipment to management;
Communicate findings, orally and in writing, in a clear, concise and effective manner;
Conduct microscopic examinations requiring accuracy and concentration when relevant;
Conduct testing used in examination of evidence
Testify in court as an expert witness.

Interpersonal Skills – Must demonstrate an ability to exercise poise, tact, diplomacy and an ability to establish and maintain positive, working/professional relationships with internal/external customers. Ability to work effectively with laboratory, legal, and law enforcement personnel.

Organizational and Prioritization Skills – Must be organized, flexible, and able to effectively prioritize in a multi-demand and constantly changing environment; able to meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines without sacrificing accuracy, timeliness or professionalism.

Presentation/Communication Skills – Must be able to construct and deliver clear, concise, and professional presentations to a variety of audiences and/or individuals.

Research and Comprehension – Must demonstrate ability to quickly and efficiently access relevant information, and be able to utilize and/or present research and conclusions in a clear and concise manner.

Analytical Reasoning/Attention to Detail – Must demonstrate an ability to examine data/information, discern variations/similarities, and be able identify trends, relationships and causal factors, as well as grasp issues, draw accurate conclusions, and solve problems.

Technology (computers/hardware/software/operating systems) – Must possess appropriate levels of proficiency with utilized software and systems and be able to learn new software/systems. Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

Confidentiality and Protected Information – Must demonstrate an ability to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information and situations, and adhere to applicable laws/statutes/policies related to access, maintenance and dissemination of information.

Safety – Must be able to work in safe manner at all times, avoiding shortcuts that have potential adverse results/risks, and must be able to comply with safety standards and best practices.

Travel and/or Schedule – Availability for after-hour and weekend work, on occasion, may be required

PHYSICAL and/or ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS:
The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those encountered and/or necessary for the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Environment: Office, Laboratory ;
  • Ambulatory skills, e.g. stand, walk, sit;
  • Hand-eye coordination and arm/hand/finger dexterity;
  • Ability to speak; hear; and exercise visual acuity to perceive minute differences/details, and to withstand the strain of continued close work.
Stereoscopic vision sufficient to perform detailed work;

  • Ability to transfer weights of 25 pounds anticipated for this position;
  • Driving requirements: Moderate frequency 10%.
DPS employee who is selected for a position in their current salary group and state title will be transferred with no salary change.

DPS employee who is selected for a position in their current salary group with a new state title may receive an increase up to 3.4%.

Salary is contingent upon qualifications and is subject to salary administration and budgetary restrictions.

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

State of Texas retirees may be rehired for full-time, non-commissioned positions only under very specific circumstances.