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Forensic Scientist I-III (Forensic Firearms/Toolmarks)

Texas Department of Public Safety, Laredo, Texas

Salary: $3,615.69 - $4,933.11 Monthly

Final Filing Date: May 22, 2017

Performs a variety of complex, 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. Interprets analytical and instrumental results and prepares written opinion reports. Performs crime scene investigations. Testifies as an expert witness in court as to results of analyses. Work is performed under supervision.

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Duties:

  • 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.
  • Trains in Firearm/Toolmarks identifications including the study of texts on firearms, gunshot residue, ammunition, and the theory of firearms identification.
  • Works on various firearms or document related assignments as assigned by the supervisor and takes written and oral tests over assigned materials.
  • Receives instruction on operation of comparison microscope and other scientific equipment.
  • Completes proficiency tests utilizing developed skills and participates in mock trials.
  • Learns to identify firearms by make, caliber type and class characteristics and to compare microscopic striations on primers, firing pin impressions and cartridge case bodies.
  • Learns preparation of metals and other materials for visual and microscopic examinations to restore obliterated data.
  • Learns to conduct microscopic examinations and comparisons of tools and toolmarks..
  • Researches forensic science field and scientific journals for new advances in firearms and toolmark examinations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

Forensic Scientist I
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in a physical or natural science, OR criminal justice, police science, industrial technology or related field with courses in physical science.
Forensic Scientist II
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university including courses in a physical science and a minimum of two (2) years 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
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in a physical or natural science, OR criminal justice, police science, industrial technology or related field with courses in physical science and a minimum of two (2) years of work experience as a Forensic Scientist II or the equivalent experience in the same respective forensic discipline.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES
  • Skill in the use of laboratory equipment and materials.
  • Ability to learn principles, techniques, and procedures related to these disciplines.
  • Ability to conduct microscopic examinations requiring accuracy and concentration.
  • Ability to acquire a working knowledge of Departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate findings, orally and in writing, in a clear, concise and effective manner.
  • Ability to present scientific data in an understandable manner to lay juries.
  • Ability to conduct complex analyses and prepare detailed technical reports.
  • Ability to work effectively with laboratory, legal, and police personnel.
PHYSICAL and/or OTHER SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Visual acuity sufficient to perceive minute differences and details and to withstand the strain of continued close work.
  • Stereoscopic vision sufficient to perform detailed work.
  • Frequent and often unanticipated travel is required.

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Posted: May 9, 2017



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