STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION
Salary Group B23
Class No. 6056
FORENSIC SCIENTIST V
Performs highly complex (senior-level) forensic science work. Work involves overseeing crime laboratory work, tests, analysis, and identification of physical evidence; interpreting analytical results; developing and instructing staff on new techniques and procedures; preparing technical reports; and testifying as an expert witness. May supervise the work of others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED
Oversees forensic and crime laboratory work, tests, analysis, and identification of physical evidence.
Oversees and ensures that laboratory facilities and equipment are maintained and acquires and maintains safety equipment and supplies.
Oversees the security, retention, and proper destruction of evidence according to agency and statutory guidelines.
Coordinates the examination and analysis of criminal cases and of macroscopic, microscopic, and physical examinations of evidence and crime scene investigations.
Prepares and reviews technical reports of scientific examination results.
Develops and/or evaluates new techniques and procedures and instructs staff in their use.
Provides instruction on forensics to law enforcement groups, schools, and other entities and instructs law enforcement staff on laboratory functions and procedures.
Requisitions laboratory equipment, apparatus, and chemicals.
Serves as an expert witness in court regarding the results of the analyses and examinations of physical evidence.
Plans casework and coordinates work assignments.
Identifies complex chemical and biochemical compounds using analytical laboratory equipment.
Reviews laboratory reports and work records for accuracy and compliance with laws and regulations.
Researches new advances and techniques in forensic examinations.
May supervise the work of others.
Performs related work as assigned.
GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES
Experience and Education
Experience in forensic science work. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in physical science, criminal justice, or a related field is generally preferred. Experience and education may be substituted for one another.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of fingerprint identification techniques; of proper evidence and hazardous chemical handling procedures; of forensic principles, techniques, and procedures; of criminal court proceedings and rules of evidence; of weapons and ammunition; of trace evidence, serology, toxicology, drug analysis, and alcohol testing methods and techniques; of training methods; and of public communication techniques.
Skill in the use of laboratory equipment and materials and in the use of a computer and applicable software.
Ability to prepare reports; to recommend improvements in methodology and equipment; to conduct crime scene investigations; to obtain, interpret, and present results of examinations and analyses; to plan, coordinate, organize, develop, and conduct research in the development of new and improved criminalistics, toxicological, serological, drug analysis, and alcohol testing techniques and procedures; to communicate effectively; and to supervise the work of others.
Registration, Certification, or Licensure
May require a Texas Breath Alcohol Testing Regulations certification.
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