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Employment Opportunities (Forensic Science Communications, April 2002)

Employment Opportunities (Forensic Science Communications, April 2002)
 

 

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  Forensic Science Communications April 2002 — Volume 4 — Number 2

 

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Toxicologist IV
Director Of Laboratory Testing
Director Of Laboratory Services
Assistant Chief Field Agent
Positive Certifying Scientist
Assistant Toxicologist I
DNA Technical Leader
Forensic Scientist 1
Forensic Scientist 3
Forensic Laboratory Manager
Crime Scene Technician
Crime Scene Search Manager
 

Federal Bureau of Investigation

The FBI Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer. Current position vacancies are listed elsewhere on the FBI website, and you may apply for positions online. Other employment information, including pay scales, benefits, and conditions of employment, is also available online. U.S. citizenship is required.

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Toxicologist IV (Assistant Chief Toxicologist)
Salary: $72,032

The Office of the Cook County Medical Examiner
Chicago, Illinois

Minimum qualifications include the following:

  • PhD in chemistry, toxicology, pharmacology, biology, or related field

Desired qualifications include the following:

  • Analytical and toxicological laboratory experience
  • Supervisory experience

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Supervising laboratory staff
  • Reviewing toxicological analysis
  • Performing bench work to analyze post-mortem specimens for alcohol, drugs, and poisons
  • Operating gas chromatograph and gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer and other analytical instruments
  • Performing other duties as required

Contact:

Nancy B. Wu Chen, PhD
Chief Toxicologist
Cook County Office of the Medical Examiner
2121 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612
312-997-4490 (Voice)
312-997-4546 (Fax)

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Director of Laboratory Testing
Salary: Commensurate with experience

National Medical Services. Inc.

Qualifications include the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science OR
  • Chemical, physical, or biological science with five years laboratory related experience OR
  • Master’s degree with three years laboratory related experience OR
  • PhD with two years laboratory related experience
  • At least two years of laboratory management experience
  • Computer literacy to include Microsoft Office and laboratory information systems

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Serving as an organizational leader
  • Coordinating laboratory services with other managers
  • Hiring, firing, training, career development, continuing education, performance reviews, recommending rewards, and disciplinary actions of department staff
  • Scheduling all resources required for preparation of samples for testing to meet or exceed laboratory and industry requirements
  • Preparing justification for additional resource acquisition to ensure uninterrupted service and continuous improvement of services
  • Maintaining the laboratory in a state of acceptable inspection readiness
  • Reviewing SOPs and methods
  • Being responsible for all technical and logistical activities and improvements to systems and technology in the area of responsibility

Contact:

Marisa Buccini
Director of Human Resources
E-mail: marisa.buccini@nmslab.com

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Director of Laboratory Services
Salary: $60,489 - $92,442

The City of Oklahoma City

Qualifications include the following:

  • Master’s degree in a natural science, criminalistics, or closely related field
  • Five years experience in performing casework in one of the ASCLD/LAB disciplines
  • Knowledge of and skill in applying management principles and techniques involved while managing the forensic laboratory
  • Minimum of two years management experience is preferred

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Overseeing and administering all activities required to implement and maintain scientific quality in all procedures and operations of a forensic science laboratory and maintaining accreditation standards

Application deadline: April 26, 2002

Contact:

The City of Oklahoma City
Personnel Department
420 West Main, Suite 110
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102

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Assistant Chief Field Agent
Salary: $37,128 - $44,556

The Office of the Medical Examiner of the Dallas County Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences
Dallas, Texas

Qualifications include the following:

  • Education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in health sciences, physical sciences, or behavioral sciences or in a job-related field of study
  • One year of additional experience in investigation or related experience as a field agent or medicolegal investigator

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Supervising and training death investigation staff who are responsible for providing investigative support for medical examiners conducting inquests
  • Coordinating indigent burial activities for Dallas County

Contact:

Jeffrey J. Barnard, MD
5230 Medical Center Drive
Dallas, Texas 75235
E-mail: jbarnard@dallascounty.org
214-920-5913 (Voice)
214-920-5811 (Fax)

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Positive Certifying Scientist
Salary: $34,000 - $42,000

Diagnostic Services Inc.
Fort Myers, Florida

Qualifications include the following:

  • Current medical technologist license in clinical chemistry
  • Current laboratory supervisor’s license for the State of Florida
  • Two to four years experience in forensic toxicology

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Reviewing, certifying, and reporting confirmed-positive employment-related drug screens
  • Demonstrating expertise in all areas of forensic drug testing
  • Assisting all toxicology sections as needed

Contact:

Karen Quick
Human Resources
Diagnostic Services Inc. Laboratories
12700 Westlinks Drive
Fort Myers, Florida 33913
E-mail: karen.quick@ncbmd.org
941-561-8205 or 941-561-8219 (Voice)
941-561-8236 (Fax)

 


Assistant Toxicologist I  - Position No Longer Vacant
Salary: $2,500.00 - $3,650.00 per month - based on 26 pay periods

Medical Examiner’s Office
Harris County, Texas

When applying, use the Announcement Number: 8219-P

Minimum qualifications include the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science
  • Experience working with GC - MS is required OR practicum or internship in a laboratory

Desired qualifications include the following:

  • Practical knowledge of operation and maintenance of GC and GC/MS and/or HPLC
  • Professional knowledge of forensic science and of principles and practices of quantitative and qualitative organic chemistry
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety rules, regulations, and procedures
  • Skills in developing, adapting, and evaluating analytical methods to identify and quantitate a wide variety of unknown drugs and poisons

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Carrying out laboratory examinations and analyses of exhibits submitted by medical examiners and law enforcement agencies
  • Serving as an expert witness representing technical report findings
  • Following all protocols, Harris County Personnel Regulations
  • Medical Examiner’s policies, method manuals, safety, and QA/QC procedures
  • Maintaining safe and orderly work areas
  • Responding to proficiency testing as required
  • Performing any other related duties as directed by the toxicologist and/or laboratory director

Work involves regular and recurring exposure to toxic solvents, strong acids and alkalis, as well as noxious odors from decomposed tissues. Employment is contingent upon passing a criminal background check. Upon receiving a conditional offer of employment, applicant is screened for the presence of alcohol and illegal drugs.

Contact:

Elena Siuma
Quality Assurance Officer
Harris County Medical Examiner Office
1885 Old Spanish Trail
Houston, Texas 77054
713-796-6812 (Voice)
713-796-6838 (Fax)

 


DNA Technical Leader
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Crime Laboratory, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Charlotte, North Carolina

Qualifications include the following:

  • MS degree in biology, chemistry, or forensic science with a minimum of 12 semester hours in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics and statistics, and/or population genetics
  • At least three years experience in a forensic DNA laboratory
  • Experience with CODIS

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Overseeing the technical aspects of the DNA laboratory
  • Maintaining, calibrating, and troubleshooting problems with instrumentation
  • Reviewing the work of others for technical correctness and completeness
  • Maintaining safety and quality control in the laboratory in accordance with ASCLD and DAB requirements
  • Examining evidence to locate and identify body fluids
  • Performing STR analysis using the ABI 310 Genetic Analyzer
  • Reporting results of analyses and testifying in court as an expert witness
  • Training others in various aspects of DNA analysis

Contact:

Jane Burton
Chief Criminalist
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Crime Laboratory
601 East Trade Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
E-mail: jburton@cmpd.org
704-353-1101 (Voice)
704-353-0088 (Fax)

 


Forensic Scientist 1
Salary: $31,740 - $40,512

The Washington State Patrol Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau
Seattle laboratory (Microanalysis and Chemistry sections)
Kennewick laboratory (Chemistry)
Marysville laboratory (Chemistry)

Qualifications include the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in forensic science or a related natural science, including 30 quarter or 20 semester hours of chemistry coursework and 8 quarter or 5 semester hours of physics coursework

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Analyzing evidence from routine criminal casework
  • Preparing written reports
  • Testifying in court as an expert witness

Contact:

George Johnston
621 Woodland Square Loop
PO Box 42632
Olympia, Washington 98504-2632
E-mail: gjohnst@wsp.wa.gov
360-438-5852 (Voice)
360-407-0175 (Fax)

 


Forensic Scientist 3
Salary: $46,992 - $60,180

The Washington State Patrol Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau
Spokane laboratory (DNA/Biochemistry)
Marysville laboratory (Chemistry)

Qualifications include the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in forensic science or a related natural science in an appropriate field, which may include microanalysis, chemistry, firearms, DNA/Biochemistry, toxicology, or questioned documents
  • Two years experience as a Forensic Scientist 2 or three years of technical experience in a forensic science laboratory performing analyses of physical evidence
  • Experience testifying as an expert witness in courts of law
  • Genetics, molecular biology, and biochemistry coursework are required for the Spokane laboratory Biology/DNA Section

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Analyzing evidence from routine criminal casework
  • Preparing written reports
  • Testifying in court as an expert witness

Contact:

George Johnston
621 Woodland Square Loop
PO Box 42632
Olympia, Washington 98504-2632
E-mail: gjohnst@wsp.wa.gov
360-438-5852 (Voice)
360-407-0175 (Fax)

 


Forensic Laboratory Manager
Salary: $57,708 - $70,332

Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory Division
Spokane, Washington

This is a Washington Management Service, Band III position. There is one position available in the Spokane Crime Laboratory.

Qualifications include the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in forensic science or a related natural science
  • Two years experience as a Forensic Scientist 4 or eight years of full-time experience in a forensic science laboratory performing analyses of physical evidence
  • Experience testifying as an expert in courts of law
  • Three years of supervisory experience

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Managing and supervising the operation of the Spokane crime laboratory and a limited service laboratory in Kennewick
  • Ensuring the security of facilities, personnel, and evidence
  • Representing the Spokane laboratory at management, user group, and legislative staff meetings
  • Developing and implementing local laboratory policy
  • Developing laboratory budget and assisting with system-wide budget development
  • Participating in strategic planning for the division and bureau

Contact:

George Johnston
621 Woodland Square Loop
PO Box 42632
Olympia, Washington 98504-2632
E-mail: gjohnst@wsp.wa.gov
360-438-5852 (Voice)
360-407-0175 (Fax)

 


Crime Scene Technician
Salary: $28,386 - $43,289

Grand Prairie Police Department
Grand Prairie, Texas

Qualifications include the following:

  • Associate’s degree from an accredited college or equivalent to two years of college with major course work in forensic science, biological science, chemistry, physics, or a related field
  • Two years of related experience, preferably in the municipal police operations area
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience, with additional work experience substituting for the required education on a year-to-year basis

Applicants must be able to pass drug screen, polygraph, psychological, and background investigation. Applicants must possess a valid Texas Driver’s license.

Contact:

Human Resources Department
318 West Main
Grand Prairie, Texas 75050
Web site: www.gptx.org
972-237-8190 (Jobline)
972-237-8192 (Voice)
972-237-8286 (Fax)

 


Crime Scene Search Manager
Salary: Commensurate with Experience

Crime Laboratory, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
iCharlotte, North Carolina

This is a full-time managerial and supervisory position for a 24-hour crime scene search field operation and 8-hour forensic photography unit in a city/county crime laboratory.

Qualifications include the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in law enforcement, criminal justice, a physical science (chemistry, biology, physics, etc.) or equivalent combination of experience in course work
  • At least two years experience in crime scene search work
  • Knowledge of general laws, policies, rules, and regulations involved in law enforcement
  • Strong personnel supervisory and management experience pertaining to law enforcement missions
  • Thorough knowledge of detection, collection, and preservation of scientific evidence as well as the forensic requirements for the proper collection of analytical evidence, and knowledge of photographic preservation of the scene
  • Ability to supervise and train crime scene search technicians to efficiently process and collect appropriate evidential materials
  • Ability to supervise and direct 23 crime-scene search technicians, including five shift supervisors, to maintain a high quality work product
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, and the use of Access for statistical entries and monthly reporting

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Overseeing the recruiting, interviewing, and selecting of qualified personnel
  • Occasionally responding to the scene of major incidents to coordinate the activities of the Crime Scene Search Section while monitoring for quality assurance
  • Compiling, preparing, and coordinating preparation of the section’s budget requests; monitoring the implementation of the budget; verifying charges; reviewing and approving the requisition of section equipment and supplies
  • Coordinating and acting as a liaison between the Crime Scene Search Section and other sections of the Crime Laboratory department or other criminal justice agencies
  • Developing, maintaining, and updating work product specifications for the section, including work quality standards, standard operating procedures, and other relevant methods, procedures and documents
  • Analyzing Crime Scene Search Section methods, operations, and activities, and developing new methods and/or procedures as needed
  • Identifying operational or policy problems and procedures; collecting, analyzing, and preparing staff recommendations including solutions and methods of implementation
  • Preparing and maintaining accurate reports and documentation of the “Crime Scene Search Section” activities

Contact:

Roger C. Thompson
Crime Laboratory Director
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Crime Laboratory
601 East Trade Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202-2940
E-mail: rthompson@cmpd.org
704-353-1100 (Voice)
704-353-0088 (Fax)

 


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