Forensic Examiner (Biology)

Force Crime, Forensic Investigations
TVP Broad Band 3H
Band 3H (Advanced Level), circa £36,963 per annum, plus benefits
Full Time - All roles are available for flexible working including job sharing and part-time unless there are legitimate operational / business reasons why this cannot be accommodated

Thames Valley Police (TVP) is making a significant, multi-year investment in our Forensic Services and is transforming our wide array of forensic disciplines to create a forward-looking service, which delivers proportionate, timely outcomes that support effective crime investigation for TVP and other external organisations. Our investment includes developing our people, making best use of technology and creating a Centre of Excellence for the future: 

New state-of-the-art forensics centre planned for Thames Valley – TVP Careers

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Forensic Investigation Unit (FIU) as a Forensic Examiner within the Forensic Biology Laboratory. In this integral role, you will carry out examinations of casework items for body fluids and the recovery of DNA and hairs and fibres, to ensure timely and effective reporting outputs to the Criminal Justice System. 

The Forensic Biology Laboratory is seeking to recruit an experienced and qualified Reporting Level Forensic Examiner/Scientist with recent and relevant experience of the interpretation of body fluids, ideally including Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and providing expert evidence within the Criminal Justice System. Applications are also invited from those with proven experience and competence in the examination of casework items for the presence of body fluids and DNA recovery. If successful at interview you would progress to Advanced (Reporting) Level on completion of associated training courses and assessment of competence. 

Effective communication with FIU staff within other units is key to determining the most effective scientific approach for the examination of seized items to provide the most relevant and valuable evidential opportunities to a case. You will also conduct presumptive testing and DNA sampling, and at Intermediate and Advanced levels, manage caseloads and develop case strategies. At the Advanced (Reporting) level you will also be expected to manage complex Major Crime cases, provide evaluation and interpretation of evidence and be able to provide written and oral testimony within the Criminal Justice System.

Post holders will be expected to undertake the established psychological screening process. Along with all other posts in Crime and Criminal Justice Departments, this role will require an enhanced level of vetting.

Capability to travel across the Force is required in order to undertake assignments in a timely manner and work flexibly. Due to unsocial hours and personal safety for lone working public transport may not be suitable. For this reason a full driving licence is considered essential for this role. 

This role is a Linked Grade salary:

Successful candidates are expected to progress and develop through the grades, meeting training and competency requirements as outlined within the Laboratory’s Training and Competency Framework to attain and maintain Expert Witness status. 

Entry Level – Band 3F, circa £28,626 per annum, plus benefits.

Intermediate Level – Band 3G, circa £32,287 per annum, plus benefits.

Advanced (Reporting) Level – Band 3H, circa £36,963 per annum, plus benefits. 

As part of the Thames Valley Police family you will enjoy a fantastic range of benefits including 24 days annual leave per annum, pro-rata for part time (plus Bank Holidays), flexible working conditions, a wide range of lifestyle discounts, career development opportunities and have the option to join a local government pension scheme. To view a full list of our benefits, please click the below link. 

To apply for this post please attach a cover letter of no more than one page and a CV of no more than 2 pages.  NOTE: CV’s will not be accepted without a cover letter or if the CV is more than 2 pages long.  

If you have any queries please contact the Recruitment Team at quoting reference 21187. We will endeavour to respond to your query as quickly as possible. 

The closing date for enquiries and receipt of completed applications is Sunday 3rd March 2024. 

Find out more about TVP Forensics here. 


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Vetting.  All posts require a level of Police Vetting as per the National Vetting Code of Practice. The residency requirement is necessary to enable all applicants to be checked in an equitable manner. Thames Valley Police will allow applicants to apply who do not necessarily reach the criteria as long as they have proven UK residency and supporting evidence where necessary. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

This opportunity is closed to applications.