Forensic Science Practitioner (Non-reporting)

  • Toxicology/ Forensics and Security
  • Salary/Pay Band: 3
  • Location: Teddington
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Hours: 37.5
  • Closing date: 5 June 2017

LGC Forensics is the largest privately owned forensic science service provider in the UK. Serving the police and crime enforcement agencies, we also have an increasing number of private sector clients. We offer a comprehensive range of forensic science services, based on an extensive range of techniques. Our scientists use the latest innovations - often developed in-house - to establish the facts of cases under investigation.

The Toxicology team is responsible for the analysis of body fluids and other biological material for alcohol, drugs and poisons in a wide range of criminal cases. Offence types encountered include affray, sexual assault, causing death by dangerous driving, homicide and sudden death. The team also undertakes analyses for H M Coroner in the investigation into the cause of death. We are looking for a Forensic Science Practitioner (Non-Reporting) to join our dedicated team.

Job purpose to:
Contribute to the success of the department by ensuring that analyses of casework items are carried out in a timely manner to quality standards and to ensure that instruments are available and suitably checked and maintained.

Key accountabilities:

  • Analysis of casework samples using GC-FID, GC-MS, GC-QQQ, LC and LC-MS, and other casework support for reporting officers as required.
  • Process and peer review analytical data to quality standards.
  • Routine maintenance and troubleshooting of analytical instrumentation.
  • Carry out small method improvement and development projects, under the supervision of senior staff.
  • Carry out method validation studies, under the supervision of senior staff.
  • Assist with training as required.

Candidate specification:

  • Appropriate scientific qualification, usually to degree level or equivalent.
  • Previous experience in industry, minimum 2 years.

Required Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills:

  • Previous experience in sample preparation techniques e.g. L/L, SPE.
  • Previous experience in GC-MS, GC-QQQ or LC-MS using Chemstation, Masshunter or Analyst software.
  • IT literate including Word, Excel and Outlook.

Essential competencies and behaviours:

  • Full commitment to and demonstration of upholding LGC values, respect, brilliance, passion, curiosity, integrity.
  • Good attention to detail, well organised, innovative.
  • Ability to work independently whilst responsive to direction when necessary.
  • Ability to cope under pressure, multitask and work to deadlines.
  • Strong team player.
  • Effective communicator.

Due to the highly sensitive nature of the work, applicants should note that security clearance will be required for this role. To gain security clearance you must have three years continuous residency in the UK prior to the application. Criminal convictions may prevent you from gaining security clearance.

This role may in addition require random alcohol/drug screening and will involve working 1:4 weekends

To apply, please forward your CV to elizabeth.godfrey@lgcgroup.com

Key Forensic Services Ltd., Warrington, Cheshire.
Toxicology Department

Forensic Toxicologist

  • Contract: Full Time (37 hours/week)
  • Salary: £35-45K, Dependent upon experience (+ relocation allowance where appropriate)
  • Closing date for applications: 18th June 2017

Applications can be made online via the KFS careers portal (https://keyforensic.secure.force.com/Recruitment/KFS_Sites_Position_Detail?id=a1SD0000007h5QuMAI).

Alternatively you can call our HR team for a confidential discussion regarding the role on 02477 712 243.

Role Summary

Responsible for the case assessment, management and interpretation of forensic toxicology casework and the provision of expert witness testimony.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Effective management of resources, including a personal case load and case exhibits.
  • Sets an appropriate, cost-effective forensic strategy which addresses the case requirements and translates this strategy into clear, appropriate instructions for the analytical toxicology section to follow.
  • Reviews, collates and interprets toxicological findings in the context of the case and considers alternative explanations.
  • Formulates meaningful, succinct conclusions to analytical findings.
  • Prepares clear, well-structured and unbiased reports.
  • Consistently strives to meet ≥95% delivery date compliance for all contracted toxicology casework.
  • Attends Court and provides oral expert witness testimony in a clear, intelligible and even-handed way.
  • Liaises with other departments where appropriate to advise on appropriate forensic strategies.
  • Proactive in maintaining one’s own continued professional development.
  • Supports the analytical toxicology section where appropriate.
  • Assists with mentoring and development of junior staff.

Skills and Competencies

  • A thorough knowledge of the application of toxicology to a wide range of forensic investigations (e.g. homicide, sexual assaults, non-suspicious deaths, Coronial etc.).
  • An awareness of the principles of drug extraction techniques (e.g. LLE, SPE and PP).
  • An awareness of the principles of analytical techniques utilised in toxicology (e.g. LC-MS/MS, GC-MS, HPLC-DAD, HS-GC-FID and immunoassay).
  • Knowledge and experience of the use of alcohol technical calculations and the application to different toxicology case types.
  • Adept problem solving skills and the ability to deal with complexity coupled with managing a varying workload.
  • Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Previous experience of method development and validation desirable.

Personal Attributes

  • Understands the importance of the customer and contractual tender requirements.
  • Proactively demonstrates positive and open communication with both customers and other members within Key Forensic Services Ltd.
  • High level of honesty and integrity and takes responsibility for own actions at all times.
  • Strong work ethic and able to deal with confidential and sensitive information.
  • Team player with well-developed interpersonal skills, a positive attitude and a proactive willingness to support and share information with others.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and the ability to focus and prioritise varying tasks.
  • Demonstrates a flexible approach and able to work methodically and reliably under pressure and uses own initiative to achieve timely completion of work within contractual deadlines.
  • Acts as an exemplar to more junior members of the department in order to uphold best scientific practice based on toxicological principles and FSR guidelines.
  • Professional business disposition and of smart appearance.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A minimum of a scientific degree level qualification (or equivalent) is essential.
  • Considerable experience (>5 years) in forensic toxicology interpretation and provision of expert witness testimony in a wide range of evidence types (e.g. homicide, sexual assaults, non-suspicious deaths etc.) is essential.
  • Experience of peer reviewing forensic toxicology reports for other toxicologists.
  • Experience in analytical forensic toxicology is desirable.