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Employment Opportunity


Forensic Scientist I

Mississippi Department of Pubic Safety, Forensics Laboratory, Rankin County, Mississippi

Salary: $37,518.80 per year

Final Filing Date: May 26, 2017

This is professional work in the field of forensic sciences conducting independent analyses to identify and compare physical evidence, presenting expert testimony in courts of law and consulting with law enforcement officers, attorneys, pathologists and other members of the criminal justice community. Employee carries out the requirements called for in the section's standard operating procedures manual under the direction of the appropriate section chief. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.

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Duties:

  • Conducts comparisons of questioned material recovered from crime scenes, victims, and suspects.
  • May examine crime scenes for evidence and collect items and materials for laboratory examination.
  • Makes chemical and instrumental analyses for identification and comparison of items of physical evidence.
  • Identifies unknown substances using various microscopic and analytical procedures.
  • Operates such instruments as mass selective detectors; gas and liquid chromatographs; compound light and stereoscopic microscopes; and ultraviolet and infrared spectrophotometers.
  • Performs maintenance on analytical instruments and verifies calibration.
  • Prepares detailed reports for court presentations.
  • Serves as an expert witness in court.
  • Provides instruction to law enforcement officers.
  • Examines unknown materials for the presence of foreign substances.
  • Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.

Requirements:

For DPS-Forensic Scientist I positions in the disciplines of Toxicology, Controlled Substance Identification, Fire Debris Analysis, Trace Evidence, and Implied Consent, applicants must possess the following:
  • Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Chemistry or any other Natural Science, Physical, or Forensic Science with a minimum of 24 semester hours of chemistry which must include Analytical Chemistry;
  • AND
  • Experience: Two (2) years of experience in a laboratory environment performing related work.
For DPS-Forensic Scientist I positions in the disciplines of Questioned Documents, Latent Prints, Firearms, and Technical Assistance Unit, applicants must possess the following:
  • Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university;
  • AND
  • Experience: Two (2) years of experience in a laboratory environment performing related work.
Special Requirements:
  • Must be certified, or eligible for certification, to conduct independent professional case analyses by the Mississippi Crime Laboratory.

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Posted: May 15, 2017



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