Job Title: Forensic Scientist III
Job ID: 5428
Location: Professional & Supervisory
Forensic Scientists apply the physical sciences to the investigation of crimes by performing advanced laboratory analyses on physical evidence in the areas of Evidence Processing, Latent Prints, Crime Scene Response, Forensic Biology, Controlled Substances, Questioned Documents, Trace/ Arson, Toxicology, and Firearms. Incumbents could work in various specialties of this classification andmay be required to provide expert witness testimony in court regarding various facets of the classification.
Recruitment may close when we have received a sufficient number of qualified applications.
$25.89 (minimum) - $38.67 (maximum) hourly / $53,851 - $80,434 annually
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.
Four years of experience performing analyses in a forensic laboratory (or two years as a Forensic Scientist II).
Professional certification may be required dependent upon the forensic discipline.
An equivalent combination of relevant experience and education may be considered.
Working irregular hours, shifts, weekends, holidays, and evenings may be required; and
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: phoenix.gov/police/pdjob_civildisq.html
A well-qualified candidate will possess the job requirements listed above plus experience in one of the following disciplines:
Latent Print Comparative Section: Performs all work related to the 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 used in friction ridge analysis is highly desirable.
Toxicology: Performs analysis on blood and urine samples for alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, and other substances. In addition, this position provides 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 of analyses is highly desirable.
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.
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 the 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.
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.
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.
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.
Questioned Documents: Includes the analysis of paper and other material with regards to handwriting, typewriting, ink comparison, erasures, alterations, obliterations, check washing, and forged documents. Having documented competency is highly desirable.
HOW TO APPLY
You may also want to consider applying for the similar titles Forensic Scientist II and Forensic Scientist IV at the same time. To do so, return to the job listing by clicking on Return to Previous Page. Then check the boxes next to the job titles, and click on "Apply Now."
Apply on-line by completing the required information and attaching your cover letter and resume. In your cover letter or resume, please describe your experience in:
Latent print comparison
Toxicology – providing sufficient detail regarding your laboratory experience and competencies
Forensic biology – providing sufficient detail regarding your laboratory experience and competencies
YOUR COVER LETTER AND RESUME, PLUS ANY OTHER REQUESTED MATERIAL, MUST BE IN ONE ATTACHMENT. Only online applications are accepted for this position. The results of the resume screening process will be sent to your primary email address.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
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Forensic Scientist III, Job Code 62930, ID #5428, 09-26-11, LN, Benefits Code: supv
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