Trainee Forensic Toxicologist

Key Forensic Services-Warrington

KFS are one of the leading forensic providers in the UK. We pride ourselves on delivering a quality service and building strong working relationships with our customer base. Our team of forensic scientists are experienced in the interpretation and reporting of a wide range of evidence types in support of criminal investigations.

Position:

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

Requirements:

Role Summary

This is an exceptional career development opportunity. You will be trained on the job by working alongside existing experienced Reporting and Analytical Forensic Toxicologists.

Day-to-day responsibilities will initially involve reporting a range of non-complex toxicology cases such as those associated with the Road Traffic Act 1988. Dependant on business requirements, it is possible that over time and following a period of supervision and competency assessments, that this role will lead to the involvement with more complex toxicology casework.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Effective management of resources, including a personal case load (meeting 95% of contractual delivery dates).
  • Sets an appropriate forensic strategy which addresses the case requirements and translates this strategy into clear, appropriate instructions for toxicology analysts 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 and prepares clear, well-structured and unbiased reports.
  • Attends Court and provides oral expert witness testimony in a clear, intelligible and even-handed way.
  • Adhere to quality control procedures and work within the Key Forensic Services’ ISO/IEC 17025:2017 quality system.
  • Liaises with other departments where appropriate.
  • Proactive in maintaining own continued professional development in order to develop forensic toxicology knowledge and interpretative skills.
  • Support the analytical toxicology section where appropriate, including the handling of biological specimens where required.

Skills & Competencies

  • Understands the importance of the customer and contractual tender requirements.
  • Knowledge of the application of toxicology to a wide range of forensic investigations is desirable.
  • Knowledge of the analytical techniques utilised in the toxicology laboratory is desirable.
  • Good IT skills and proficient using Microsoft Word/Excel.

Personal Attributes

  • High level of honesty and integrity and takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Strong work ethic, commitment and able to deal with confidential and sensitive information.
  • Team player with well developed interpersonal skills, a positive attitude and a willingness to support and share information with others.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Demonstrates a flexible approach and able to work methodically and reliably under pressure and uses own initiative to achieve timely completion of work.
  • Adept problem solving skills and the ability to deal with complexity coupled with managing a varying workload.
  • Professional business disposition and of smart appearance.

Qualifications

  • Educated to a minimum BSc. Second Class Honours degree level (preferably in toxicology, chemistry, pharmacology, biochemistry or forensic science).

Experience

  • Experience in analytical forensic toxicology is desirable.

Other information:

Terms & Conditions

  • Hours – 37 per week
  • Holidays – 25 days per annum plus statutory holidays
  • Pension – Contributory
  • Closing Date: 14th October 2020

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