Purpose of Role
Responsible for the case assessment, management and interpretation of forensic toxicology casework and the provision of expert witness testimony.
Duties & 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.
Attends Court and provides oral expert witness testimony in a clear, intelligible and even-handed way.
Consistently strives to meet â‰¥95% delivery date compliance for all contracted toxicology casework.
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 & 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.
Understands the importance of the customer and contractual tender requirements).
Proactively demonstrates positive and open communication with both customers and other members within the business.
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.
A minimum of a scientific degree level qualification (or equivalent) is essential.
Considerable experience 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. (candidates who do not have this experience will not be considered)
Experience of peer reviewing forensic toxicology reports for other toxicologists.
Experience in analytical forensic toxicology is desirable.