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TBI Special Agent Forensic Scientist

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry, mathematics, natural or physical science, medical technology, or forensic science from a four-year accredited college or university, with a minimum of 24 semester hours of chemistry
  • Willing and able to qualify, carry, and use assigned weapons
  • Must be 21 years of age on date of application
  • US citizen
  • Good moral character
  • Complete criminal history disclosure
  • Fingerprint-based criminal history records check
  • Have no felony convictions or have been discharged from any branch of the armed forces under anything other than honorable
  • Pass a physical and psychological examination
  • Possess a valid driver’s license at time of appointment for some positions

Education and Experience: 100%

Depending on the discipline assigned, Special Agent-Forensic Scientists must be able to analyze physical evidence such as tablets, powders, and plant material, and identify chemicals in these materials. Forensic Scientists examine biologic evidence like blood, urine, or tissue samples for drugs, gases, or other toxic substances. Some must determine the manufacturer, caliber, or gauge of weapons or ammunition and compare bullets and cartridges with suspected weapons. Physical evidence such as glass, fibers, hair, paint, gunshot residue, shoe prints, or tire impressions are tested and documented. The nature, type, and origin of biologic or physical evidence to characterize blood and other bodily fluids is determined by Forensic Scientists in Serology/DNA. The Latent Print Unit performs chemical tests on evidence to produce visible latent prints to compare with suspect’s or victim’s prints. All must compose technical laboratory reports describing evidence examined, results, and interpretation of results. Forensic Scientists testify in court as expert witnesses and provide expert opinion testimony. After a successful completion of a two-year training period, all Special Agent-Forensic Scientists will be promoted to the next higher class. Inadequate or marginal performance during the training period will result in demotion or termination.