Forensic Scientist

Forensic scientists are primarily concerned with examining contact trace material associated with crimes. This follows the principle that 'every contact leaves a trace' that will offer potential evidence to link a suspect with the scene of the crime, the victim or the weapon.

Typical work activities include:

  • Chemistry duties - the examination of paint, chemicals etc., including fire investigation and accident reconstruction.
  • Biology duties - DNA testing and the examination of minute contact traces, such as blood, hair, clothing fibres etc.
  • Drugs and toxicology testing for restricted drugs, examining tissue specimens for poison detection and the analysis of blood and urine samples.
  • Attend and examine crime scenes.
  • Justify findings under cross-examination in courts of law.
  • Liaise with police to establish forensic strategies.

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