FORENSIC SCIENTIST (Biology)
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for collecting evidence, processing or reconstructing crime scenes, performing scientific testing and analyses of unknown substances and evidentiary material required in scientific criminal and civil investigations and in autopsies. Supervision is received from a more senior technical member of the Center for Forensic Science Staff, with administrative direction from the DNA Laboratory Director, Onondaga County Department of Health. All work is performed in accordance with Federal and State accreditation requirements and departmental procedure manuals and guidelines. Does related work as required.
Performs qualitative and physical analyses involving chemical, microscopic comparison, macro and microphotography, chromatography, spectrography, electrophoresis, computer and statistical analysis, and similar and related techniques.
Examines crime scenes and conducts on-scene and off-scene collection and preservation of evidence, handles materials and samples before and after analysis in order to maintain them for the chain of custody and evidence control procedures.
Performs and ensures routine prevention maintenance and calibration of laboratory equipment and analytical instruments; makes recommendations essential to maintaining laboratory standards and quality control procedures; participates in the quality control program within the laboratory; ensures maintenance of proper supplies, equipment, solutions and reagents.
Performs quality control and quality audit related tasks including internal and external and/or blind proficiency tests; assists in the review and preparation of proficiency tests; engages in technical and peer review of casework.
Implements and monitors laboratory health and safety policies and procedures.
Assists in developing and implementing new laboratory methods and procedures for improving forensic analyses/comparisons.
Evaluates and recommends modifications of existing testing procedures in order to meet specified requirements of a particular scientific laboratory investigation.
Researches technical journals, textbooks, chemical manuals and other source materials to determine the best methods of performing analytical testing and to remain abreast of scientific trends.
May appear in Court litigation as an expert witness regarding forensic analysis.
May be involved in training of less experienced personnel
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of the theory, procedures, and techniques necessary to produce reliable results and conclusions relative to scientific research and specific to the areas of forensic science;
Thorough knowledge of modern laboratory techniques, procedures, instrumentation, and safety precautions used in the field of forensic science e.g. (serology, chemistry, and criminalistics).
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practice of performing scientific testing and analyses of unknown substances and evidentiary material required in scientific criminal and civil investigations and in autopsies;
Ability to record, organize, analyze and present data with scientific accuracy and thoroughness.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Medical Technology or a closely related field which must include or be supplemented by coursework covering the following subject areas: biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology, or other subjects which provide a basic understanding of the foundation of forensic DNA analysis.
10/99 Date of Original Composition