VCU Department of Forensic Science

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Complete comprehensive training in current methods and techniques used to conduct chemical and biological laboratory or on-site tests including, but not limited to, analyzing biological specimens and organic and inorganic substances; preparing solutions to be used in testing; and operating laboratory equipment. Develop proficiency in applying established protocols and procedures to determine the presence of alcohol, drugs, poisons, heavy metals, biological fluids (i.e. blood, semen, saliva, urine, and feces) as well as chemical and trace materials such as gunshot residues, hairs, fibers, paint and glass by examining clothes, weapons, sexual assault kits, and analyzing explosives/ignitable liquids to prepare reports on laboratory tests and to inform law enforcement and other authorized personnel of results. Engage in practical application of learned methods and procedures for performing on-site scene processing to properly document, collect and transport evidence to the laboratory for further analysis and to analyze chemical and biological samples for the purpose of yielding probative results.

This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences, including Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Forensic Science, Pharmacology or Physics and (A) must successfully complete on-the-job training to attain full competence as a forensic analyst in a designated forensic science specialization within one year of the date of hire.

For more information, see Forensic Scientist I

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