Criminalist - Forensic Chemist
Overall Job Objective
- Summary of Job Duties
- *This posting is scheduled to close on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 12 noon, however is subject to close at any time without prior notice. Thank you*
Performs analysis of forensic evidence through a variety of methods including wet chemical analysis and/or instrumental analysis, processing suspected drug evidence for latent print impressions using a variety of methods.
At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our work by modeling the CORE 4 Values of: Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service. We welcome all who share these values to apply.To be employed by the Aurora Police Department you will need to successfully pass a background check, polygraph test, and fingerprint screening, along with other conditions of employment; drug test and verification of employment. Because of this, there is a longer recruitment process, we thank you in advance for your patience.Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace. A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification or termination once hired.
- PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Analyze suspected drug evidence for the presence of controlled substances as defined by the Colorado State Statutes and Federal Department of Justice
- Analyze blood for the presence of ethanol in DUI cases and other criminal cases as requested
- May analyze Fire Debris cases for the presence of accelerants to assist the Aurora Fire Department or Police Department in their investigations
- May process various items of evidence for latent prints.
- Issue reports regarding analysis of evidence
- Maintain secure custody of evidence while in their custody
- Assist and advise investigators and prosecuting attorneys regarding cases, results, and expected testimony
- Testify as an expert witness in municipal, state, and federal courts as necessary regarding analysis
- It may be necessary to assist processing crime scenes for evidence, photograph evidence, and prepare reports relating to duties performed as a Crime Scene Investigator
- Perform additional duties as assigned
- MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
- Education: Bachelor's Degree in chemistry or directly related scientific fieldExperience: At least 2 years of experience as a forensic chemist in a law enforcement laboratory or directly related environment. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.Knowledge: Knowledge of wet chemistry techniques and instrumental analysis. Knowledge of safe handling practices for chemicals in use by the laboratory. Knowledge of investigative methods and techniques and rules of evidence.Abilities: Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; organize and prioritize work; properly use and maintain scientific equipment; prepare reagents; prepare accurate reports; maintain secure custody of evidence while in their possession; work independent of direct supervision; testify effectively on scientific matters in judicial and quasi-judicial proceedings.LICENSES OR CERTIFICATES REQUIRED: Colorado Driver's License with a good driving record.
- WORKING CONDITIONS
- Physical Demands: Regular standing, hand/eye coordination to operate computer, laboratory instruments, and other testing instruments; foot/eye coordination to operate motor vehicle; visual acuity correctable to 20/40 with no color impairment to interpret data; speech communication, hearing, and listening to maintain communications with other employees and citizens. May be required to perform light to moderate physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 50 pounds with or without assistance.Equipment Used: Computer; laboratory instruments to include GC, GC/MS, FTIR, microscopes; and camera.Work Environment: Works primarily in a laboratory environment. Some work outdoors at crime scenes may be required. Exposure to chemical and bio-hazard contamination, odors, and noise.For Veterans points: Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer. We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants. It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at: 303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.