STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION


Salary Group B24

Class No. 6057

FORENSIC SCIENTIST VI

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Performs highly advanced and/or supervisory (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 plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive 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 examinations and analyses of criminal cases and of macroscopic, microscopic, and physical examinations of evidence and crime scene investigations.

Oversees and/or prepares technical reports of scientific examination results.

Oversees casework and coordinates work assignments.

Oversees the maintenance of laboratory facilities and equipment.

Coordinates and provides instruction on forensics to law enforcement groups, schools, and other entities and instructs law enforcement staff on laboratory functions and procedures.

Develops and/or evaluates new techniques and procedures, and instructs staff in their use.

Reviews laboratory reports and work records for accuracy and compliance with laws and regulations.

Reviews and approves laboratory equipment, apparatus, and chemical requisitions.

Serves as an expert witness in court regarding the results of the analyses and examinations of physical evidence.

Identifies, measures, and modifies program goals and objectives.

Researches new advances and techniques in forensic examinations.

Monitors and ensures the maintenance of security, retention, and proper destruction of evidence according to agency and statutory guidelines.

May plan, assign, and/or 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 develop improvements in methodology and equipment; to oversee crime scene investigations; to interpret and present results of examinations and analyses;  to 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 plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others.

Registration, Certification, or Licensure

May require a Texas Breath Alcohol Testing Regulations certification.


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