Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Forensic Science Examiner 2 (40 Hour)

Recruitment #210911-2588FP-001

Introduction

The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), has an exciting opportunity for a current DESPP employee.  We are recruiting for a Forensic Science Examiner 2 located in the Laboratory Support Services within the Division of Scientific Services in Meriden, CT. This is a full-time, 40 hours per week position, Monday-Friday schedule.


The Division of Scientific Services provides forensic support to local, state and federal agencies throughout Connecticut. This division is divided into three analytical Sections. They are the Chemical Analysis Section (including toxicology, controlled substances, and arson), the Forensic Biology/DNA Section, and the Identification Section (including computer crimes). The laboratory also has two non-analytical Sections. They are the Quality Section and Laboratory Support Services (including Administration, Evidence Receiving, and Case Management).

Selection Plan

Position specific questions can be sent to Cheryl.Carreiro@CT.Gov, all other questions can be sent to Emily.Kennedy@CT.Gov.

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, who has permanent state status*, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.

*For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period. For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent).

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board  (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.   

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders  13F (3a) and 13G (3a) .

Candidate selected for an interview must provide the following at the time of interview:

• Two (2) most recent performance evaluations
• Cover letter
• Completed CT-HR-13 

Click here to complete the Criminal Convictions addendum.  The CT-HR-13 can also be found on the DAS website http://portal.ct.gov/das  and searching keyword "CT-HR-13".  Also considered in this selection process:  Any pending or disciplinary history within the past 2 years and review of attendance records.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services, this class is accountable for acting as a working lead of a section consisting of specialized activities and conducting a variety of highly, advanced technical and complex tests in the analysis of physical evidence.

DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID (DNA) SECTION: Incumbents are responsible for acting as a working lead and performing the most complex analysis of forensic biology evidence such as nuclear and mitochondrial deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).

FORENSIC IDENTIFICATION SECTION: Incumbents are responsible for acting as a working lead and performing the most complex analysis of evidence such as latent fingerprints, electronic/digital imaging, firearms, ballistics, toolmarks, questioned documents, imprints and investigating electronic related criminal activity.

TOXICOLOGY SECTION: Incumbents are responsible for acting as a working lead and performing the most complex analysis of forensic biology evidence such as trace, physical, chemical samples, autopsy specimens, body fluids, hairs, fibers and identification of suspected poisonous substances.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Plans unit workflow and determines priorities; schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work; establishes and maintains unit procedures; provides staff training and assistance; conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations; acts as liaison with operating units, agencies outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; insures that evidence is being processed in correct sequence; oversees implementation of quality assurance/control programs in an area of expertise; formulates, designs and oversees research projects; acts as a technical resource expert for laboratory when highly complex and technical forensic analysis is required; reconstructs or assists in reconstruction of complex crime scenes; maintains instrumentation and equipment and safeguards laboratory physical evidence; prepares comprehensive complex reports; testifies in court as an expert witness; trains laboratory staff and law enforcement personnel on newly developed procedures and techniques; develops and implements new technical procedures utilizing new or current instrumentation or technology; oversees validation testing for all new procedures implemented; may make recommendations on policies or standards; may prepare reports and correspondence; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of current laboratory facilities, methods, equipment, instrumentation and material; considerable knowledge of modern methods of criminal investigations and identification; considerable knowledge of applicable techniques and procedures for analyzing evidentiary materials; considerable knowledge of physical laboratory instrumentation, documents, firearms, fingerprints and crime reconstruction techniques; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to independently conduct technical, analytical, consultative and research activities; ability to utilize computer software; ability to act as an expert witness in a court of law on complex and sensitive cases; ability to reconstruct crime scenes; some supervisory ability.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Seven (7) years of experience in forensic analysis of evidentiary material.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the full working level independently performing complex forensic analysis of evidentiary material. For state employees this is interpreted at the level of Forensic Science Examiner 1.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training in forensic science, applied genomics, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, molecular and cell biology or closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience required on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in forensic science, applied genomics, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, molecular and cell biology or closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. A Ph.D in forensic science, applied genomics, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, molecular and cell biology or closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience communicating with prosecutors, defense lawyers and law enforcement personnel
  • Experience with the methods of collection, packaging and preservation of evidence
  • Experience working  in a team atmosphere

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class may be required to work flexible hours.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

CHARACTER REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the checking of references and facts in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be conducted before persons are certified for permanent appointment.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents may be exposed to communicable diseases and hazardous substances.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.



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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.