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Forensic Scientist IV

Phoenix Police Department, Phoenix, Arizona

Salary: $66,518 - $99,195 annually

Final Filing Date: Recruitment may close when we have received a sufficient number of qualified applications.

Provides technical assistance and training, evaluates and analyzes evidence, interprets results and provides expert testimony related to the full spectrum of physical evidence recovered from crime scenes. Some of the scientific procedures utilized by the laboratory have the potential for linking a suspect to a crime, victim, or a scene. The Forensic Scientist IV classification applies the physical sciences to the investigation of crimes by performing laboratory analyses on physical evidence in the areas of Evidence Processing, Latent Prints, Crime Scene Response, Forensic Biology, Controlled Substances, Trace/ Arson, Toxicology, and Firearms. This position may be required to provide expert witness testimony in court regarding various facets of the classification. Incumbents may supervise other Forensic Scientists.

This recruitment may be used by any department for any current or future vacancies over the life of the eligible list.

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Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a natural science (i.e., Biology, Chemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biological Physics, Forensic Science), criminalistics, or a closely related field. Unrelated fields will not be considered.
  • Six years of experience performing laboratory analyses in a forensic discipline: Controlled Substances, Evidence Processing, Forensic Biology, Latent Print Comparison, Toxicology, Trace Evidence, and Firearms Examination.
  • Professional certification may be required dependent upon the forensic discipline.
  • Working irregular hours, shifts, weekends, holidays, and evenings may be required
  • Positions in the Police Department must meet the polygraph and background standards that are appropriate to non-sworn positions. The general factors for disqualification are listed at https://www.phoenix.gov/hrsite/Documents/disqualifierscivilian.pdf
  • Only the highest qualified will be posted to the eligible to hire list.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Includes the job requirements listed above, plus:
  • A well-qualified candidate will possess the job requirements listed above plus experience in one or more of the following disciplines:
  • Controlled Substances: Includes the analysis of drug evidence such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, diverted prescription drugs, and steroids. Having documented competency in the above examinations is highly desirable.
  • Evidence Processing: Involves the chemical processing and photographing of latent prints and / or the examination of forensic evidence for the presence of biological materials including blood, semen, saliva, cells, urine, and fecal material. Knowledge and experience of principles, methods, materials, equipment, and current techniques used in chemical processing for latent prints and / or forensic biology screening is highly desirable. This position may also involve supervisory duties over members of the Evidence Processing Section and may be responsible for assisting the Forensic Science Section Supervisor in planning the day-to-day operation of the section.
  • Forensic Biology: Involves the examination of forensic evidence for the presence of biological materials including blood, semen, saliva, cells, urine, and fecal material. DNA analysis involves the extraction, quantitation, analysis, and interpretation of forensic DNA samples isolated from materials listed above. Knowledge and experience of principles, methods, materials, equipment, and current techniques used in forensic biology screening and / or DNA is highly desirable. This position may also involve supervisory duties over members of the Forensic Biology Section and may be responsible for assisting the Forensic Science Section Supervisor in planning the day-to-day operation of the section.
  • Latent Print Comparison: Performs all work related to the analysis and comparison of latent prints recovered from crime scenes and evidence submitted to the Laboratory Services Bureau. Knowledge and experience of principles, methods, and current techniques utilized in the forensic analysis of latent print evidence is required. Certification as a Certified Latent Print Examiner by the International Association for Identification is required for this position. This position may also involve supervisory duties over members of the Latent Print Comparative Section and may be responsible for assisting the Forensic Science Section Supervisor in planning the day-to-day operation of the section.
  • Toxicology: Performs analysis on blood and urine samples for alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, and other substances. In addition, this position may provide support for the breath testing program by maintaining and performing calibration checks on the instruments, and provides expert testimony in these areas. Having documented competency in at least two or more of the above areas in highly desirable. This position may also involve supervisory duties over members of the Toxicology Section and may be responsible for assigning the Forensic Science Section Supervisor in planning the day-to-day operation of the section.
  • Trace Evidence: Involves the examination and comparison of evidence to include, but not limited to, fibers, paint, glass, hair, tape, explosives, soil, and gunshot residue (GSR). Having documented competency in at least one or more of the above examinations is highly desirable. Functional knowledge of the principles, methods, equipment, and current techniques utilized in the trace evidence examination of evidentiary items is required. This position may also involve supervisory duties over members of the Trace Evidence Section and may be responsible for assisting the Forensic Science Section Supervisor in planning the day-to-day operation of the section.
  • Firearms Examination: Includes the examination and testing of firearms, the comparison of fired cartridge components, and scene reconstruction such as muzzle to target estimations. Having documented competency in at least one or more of the above examinations is highly desirable. This position may also involve supervisory duties over members of the Toxicology Section and may be responsible for assigning the Forensic Science Section Supervisor in planning the day-to-day operation of the section.

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Posted: November 1, 2017



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