Forensic Lab Technician I
Performs analytical laboratory support activities for specific forensic disciplines using standard laboratory methods, practices, procedures, policies, regulations, protocols, and laboratory materials and equipment utilized in the processing of evidence for criminal, law enforcement or investigative work.
Examples of Work
Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description. These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.
- Performs biological, hematological, chemical, or physical analysis and determinations at the direction of professional staff.
- Performs physical, bacteriological, chemical, or serological tests on a variety of samples including blood, sputum, urine, milk, water, food products, contaminants, industrial and municipal wastes, soils, and construction materials at the direction of professional staff.
- Operates, adjusts, and maintains scientific instruments, including, but not limited to pH meters, infrared spectrophotometers, chromatography apparatuses, analytical balances, gas chromatograph/mass spectrometers, and genetic analyzers.
- Prepares chemical reagents and biological media according to formulae; assumes responsibility for accuracy in the preparation and standardization of solutions; monitors expiration of reagents.
- Follows required aseptic techniques in dispensing base media.
- Logs samples and related pertinent information, and has responsibility for containers and specimens that may be involved in court action.
- Receives handles and returns evidence to the appropriate agency relating to criminal matters.
- Prepares exhibits and makes microscopic observations.
- Prepares and analyzes blood specimens for foreign substances.
- Prepares and packages biohazard wastes and materials generated in the laboratory for external disposal.
- Performs biochemical tests and analyses using electrophoresis or chromatography.
- Analyzes biochemical and other data under the direction of professional staff and prepares reports.
- Monitors and maintains inventory of supplies and stocks on hand for laboratory use.
- Maintains technical records and prepares reports.
- Participates in appropriate training programs, conferences and seminars to enhance proficiency and knowledge.
- Completes proficiency tests independently as assigned.
- Enters appropriate data and information into, reviews results or information as necessary from any specialized or automated forensic databases.
- May be required to testify in a court of law.
Education and Experience
A bachelors’ degree with course credits in the physical or natural sciences; or any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience.
Licensure and Certification
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