(Posted 7/1/10 from AAFS.org)
The County of Santa Clara is seeking applicants for the position of Criminalist III. Description: under general supervision, to perform physical and chemical analyses related to scientific crime detection . Typical Tasks: makes chemical and physical analyses and microscope examination in the identification and comparison of evidence such as hair, blood, poisons, narcotics, paint, glass, bullets, cartridge cases, firearms, and tool marks; examines evidence utilizing various analytical techniques such as gas chromatography, spectrophotometric analyses, comparative microscopy, filtered ultra violet light, x-ray, infrared photography, photomacrography and photomicrography, analyzes post mortem fluids and tissues to determine the presence and quantity of toxic agents, makes field investigations at the crime scene and other pertinent locations to search for, collect and preserve evidence; prepares evidence for presentation in court; testifies on results of laboratory analysis and interprets findings to the courts and other legal hearings; consults and advises law enforcement officers and prosecuting attorneys regarding nature of evidence of the results of laboratory analyses and their meaning; studies new techniques and procedures; conducts research in the development of new techniques, methods and equipment in connection with scientific criminal investigation; performs analysis, evaluates findings, and interprets results in court on the alcohol level of blood samples; participates in studies to interpret and correlate alcohol analysis with subjective observations of the demeanor and behavior of persons who have ingested known amounts of ethyl alcohol; prepares reports on laboratory analysis and results; may be assigned to make technical presentations to outside groups; may examine and compare handwriting and other documentary evidence. Employment Standards: graduation from an accredited college or equivalent education with a major in criminalistics, chemistry, biochemistry, or related field, and four years of experience in the practice of general criminalistics; a Masters degree in criminalistics, chemistry, biochemistry, or physics may be substituted for one year of the required general experience. Knowledge of: principles, methods, materials and techniques of criminalistics; principles of chemistry, physics, biochemistry, physiology, and photography as related to criminalistics; recent developments, current literature and sources of information in the field of criminalistics; common types of narcotics, poisons, firearms and explosives; laws of evidence, criminal procedures and crimes. Ability to: perform a variety; of chemical, instrumental, and other laboratory analyses; speak effectively as an expert in the presentation of laboratory findings before groups and in court; operate a variety of photographic equipment to produce professional and accurate results; develop and maintain good working relationships with other agencies and fellow employees; prepare clear, concise reports. Application Deadline: July 23, 2010. Online applications only, apply at http://www.sccjobs.org/. All applicants are required to complete the supplemental questionnaire listed on job posting, www.sccjobs.org. Applications received without the completion of the supplemental questionnaire will be rejected. Annual Salary: $77,991.72 – $94,434.12.