3H48

            PAY RANGE: EP13

 

FORENSIC SCIENTIST 1

(Biology)

(Chemistry)

(Digital Evidence)

(Pattern Evidence)

 

GENERAL DEFINITION

 

This is training level forensic science work learning the methods and techniques involved in the preservation, examination, handling, and comparative analysis of items of evidence collected in criminal investigations.  Positions in this class are allocated to one of four specialties: Biology, Chemistry, Digital Evidence, or Pattern Evidence. Positions allocated to the Pattern Evidence specialty may be assigned to one of the following disciplines: Documents, Firearms/Toolmarks, or Latent Prints.  Positions in all specialties participate in an extensive training and evaluation program to be qualified as a forensic expert.

            Work in each specialty includes examining evidence associated with crimes for presentation of laboratory findings in written reports and through expert testimony in criminal trials. Assignments increase in scope and complexity as experience is gained and the qualification level is neared. Employees in this class assist other technical personnel conducting laboratory and field tests. All work is performed in accordance with national and international quality assurance standards in the accredited Forensic Science Bureau of the Philadelphia Police Department.  Work is performed under the supervision of a higher-level forensic scientist or technical superior.

 

ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)

 

·         Positions must be located in the Forensic Science Bureau of the Philadelphia Police Department.

 

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)

 

ALL SPECIALTIES

 

 

BIOLOGY SPECIALTY

 

 

CHEMISTRY SPECIALTY

 

 

DIGITAL EVIDENCE SPECIALTY

 

 

PATTERN EVIDENCE SPECIALTY

 

 

Document Assignment

 

 

Firearms/Toolmarks Identification Assignment

 

 

Latent Print Assignment

 

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

KNOWLEDGE OF:

 

ALL SPECIALTIES

 

 

BIOLOGY SPECIALTY

 

 

CHEMISTRY SPECIALTY

 

 

DIGITAL EVIDENCE SPECIALTY

 

 

PATTERN EVIDENCE SPECIALTY

 

 

SKILL IN:

 

ALL SPECIALTIES:

 

 

ABILITY TO:

 

ALL SPECIALTIES:

 

 

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.  Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 11/17.)

 

EDUCATION:

 

            Completion of a bachelor's degree program, at an accredited college or university, with major course work in:

 

SPECIALTY:            DEGREES               

 

BIOLOGY:                 Any of the following degrees, which include at least 3 credits in                                             EACH of the following courses: molecular biology, genetics,                                                  biochemistry, and population genetics or statistics:

 

1.    Chemistry

2.    Biological Science

3.    Forensic Science

4.    Biomedical Engineering

5.    RELATED SCIENCE DEGREE

 

CHEMISTRY:          

1.    Chemistry

 

OR

 

      Any of the following degrees with 24 semester hours in chemistry or       biochemistry:

 

1.    Biological Science

2.    Forensic Science

3.    Physical or Natural Science

4.    Applied Science

5.    Chemical Engineering

                              

DIGITAL EVIDENCE:

 

                                    1.         COMPUTER FORENSICS

2.         COMPUTER SCIENCE/INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

3.         DIGITAL FILMMAKING AND VIDEO PRODUCTION

4.         VISUAL EFFECTS AND MOTION GRAPHICS

5.         MEDIA STUDIES

6.         PHOTOGRAPHY

 

PATTERN

EVIDENCE:

 

1.    Chemistry

2.    Biological Science

3.    Forensic Science

4.    Physical or Natural Science

5.    Applied Science

6.    Engineering

 

OR

 

1.    SCIENCE OR NON-SCIENCE DEGREE with coursework in statistics or applied research methods

 

NOTE: Employees in the Fingerprint Identification Specialist series of classes (6C12-6C14) with permanent Civil Service Status prior to September 17, 2014, and who had completed specific training courses listed below prior to September 17, 2014, will be waived from the degree requirement for the Pattern Evidence Specialty, Latent Print Assignment only.  Candidates must provide a certificate of completion issued by the certifying agency which includes their name, the course and the date of successful completion for any course listed below.

 

Candidates covered by this note who are appointed to this class are required to successfully complete the formal training program within the Office of Forensic Science to become qualified in Latent Prints within two years of appointment to the class.  Employees who do not successfully complete the Office of Forensic Science, Latent Print Unit Forensic Scientist Examiner Qualification Training Program within two years of appointment to the class will be demoted to their previous Civil Service position without any right to grieve or arbitrate the demotion.

 

NOTE: Selective Factor Certification may be utilized, as needed, to fill specific positions. In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 11.032 - Selective Factor Certification - the appointing authority may request certification of eligible candidates with one or more of the required degrees to fill specific positions in this class. Certification to fill such position will be made from the two highest-ranking eligible candidates on the eligible list who possess the specified degree.

 

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:

 

            Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.

            Ability to visually distinguish test results, which may include color changes, pattern recognition, and interpretation of electronic data (tables, graphs and charts).

 

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES

 

            Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Forensic Scientist 1 if required by work assignment.

 

                                                                                                                           Class Established 11/85

                                                                                                                                          Spec. Revisions:

                                                                                                                                                     CSC - 4/13

                                                                                                                                           Ad. Board - 5/13

                                                                                                                               Latest Spec Revisions:

                                                                                                                                                  CSC - 10/17

                                                                                                                                         Ad. Board - 11/17                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

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