Forensic Scientist IV

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City of Phoenix, Police Department, Laboratory Services Bureau
Job Description: 

The Toxicology Section of the Phoenix Police Department, Laboratory Services Bureau is accepting applications for a Forensic Scientist IV vacancy. This position will report directly to the Toxicology Forensic Science Section Supervisor. The incumbent must have excellent communication, organization, and interpersonal skills and be able to work independently with minimal supervision. The incumbent must also be qualified to appear in court as an expert witness and must have knowledge of the principles, methods, equipment, and current techniques utilized in the toxicological analysis of blood and urine samples for alcohol and other drugs.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to: performing analysis on blood and urine samples for alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, and other substances in relation to human performance cases as well as presenting these conclusions as both written reports and oral testimony as an expert witness; perform supervisory duties over a squad within the Toxicology Section; assisting the Forensic Science Section Supervisor in the planning and day to-day operations of the section; plan, schedule, supervise and evaluate work and activities of the squad; may assist with oversight of quality assurance/quality control activities of the section; prepare technical and management reports; provide technical advice and guidance to section personnel and to members of the criminal justice system; act as a liaison between other sections, bureaus, and agencies; perform work as requested. This is a full-time position with a predominantly day-shift work schedule. Schedule hours and regular days off will be determined by the section supervisor based on the needs of the section.

Applicants must have six years of experience at the skilled/journey level in a forensic discipline performing advanced laboratory analyses, and a bachelor’s degree in a natural science, criminalistics, or a closely related field. Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum qualifications may be substituted. In addition applicants must meet AZ R13-10-106 qualifications: “To qualify for an Analyst permit, a person shall hold a degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education and have earned 15 or more semester credits, or the equivalent, of chemistry, including three or more credits of organic chemistry.”

For more information and to apply for this position, please go to, Forensic Scientist IV, Job ID# 23871.

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