I am a very meticulous, committed and dynamic Forensic Scientist with a keen eye for detail as well as an unquenchable thirst for research and investigations. I have excellent communication skills which I used to good effect in several courtroom appearances as an expert witness. I can confidently undertake joint examinations with other evidence types, and I have a sound understanding of evidence recovery and preservation. This position would maintain my interest in science industry as well as provide me with the opportunity to develop further experiences in the field.
My findings have resulted in the capture and prosecution of individuals who have committed serious criminal offences
First class honours degree in Forensic Science
Five journals published in the Journal of Forensic Science
2010 – 2013
BSc (Hons) Forensic Science
University of Derby
Grade achieved: First Class Degree
Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Crime Scene to Court
Serious & Organised Crime
2006 – 2008 Results: English: A Maths: B Biology: A
Jan 2015 – Present
Forensic Scientist Metropolitan Police Service
Main duties performed:
• Attending and investigating scenes of crimes of varying complexity from burglaries and drugs offences to rapes and murders
Liaising with team members and the police to establish forensic strategies
Recording findings, taking photographs and collecting trace evidence from scenes of crimes and accidents
Determining the best order of examination for the exhibits to obtain biological material for DNA analysis without compromising other evidence types
Screening of blood, semen, saliva, and other biological material for DNA analysis
Performing microscopy and chemical analysis on bodily fluid stains
Presenting complex scientific evidence at court in layman’s terms to aid comprehension
Producing accurate and concise notes and reports, suitable for use in court
Providing evidence and testifying in court
Justifying findings under cross-examination in courts of law
Using digital photography, computer systems and scientific equipment on a daily basis
Tracking evidence via the LIMS system
Correctly inputting and extracting data and information from medical databases
Performing fingerprint analysis
Adhering to the health and safety standards and laboratory procedures, including ISO/IEC 17025
Coordinating with outside agencies on a case-by-case basis
Researching and developing new techniques
Performing general quality control duties
Sept 2013 – Dec 2014
Lab Technician National Health Service
Main duties performed:
Setting up all equipment required for forensic investigations
Collecting and analysing samples, including blood and saliva
Ensuring equipment is sterile for use and in a serviceable condition
Monitoring equipment levels and ordered more stock when needed
Presenting findings and reports to supervisors
Writing laboratory reports so that experiments could be replicated by other medical professionals when required
Liaising with NHS staff and private sector companies on a regular basis
Performing general admin duties, including printing and filing documents
Professional Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences – 2016
Accredited in LabCollector (laboratory management software) – 2014
Emergency First Aid at Work qualification
Forensic Techniques: I have knowledge and experience of various forensic methods including examination of evidence for hairs, fibres, cellular material and body fluids, including blood, semen and saliva, performing fingerprint analysis, conducting footwear & tire track examination and tracing evidence by performing pattern and fibre analysis.
Problem-solving: I have achieved a high level of proficiency in dealing with a wide range of marks and traces evidence types; glass, paint, fibres, footwear impression evidence and fire scene investigation.
Attention to detail: Adept at seeking out the tiniest of clues during investigations, including in outdoor crime scenes which are the most difficult to investigate.
Organisational skills: Ability to work under pressure, deliver urgent casework on time and prioritise own workload.
Hobbies and interests
In my free time, I enjoy going out and spending time with my family and friends. I also like watching crime investigation TV shows, which have positively contributed to my understanding of investigating crime scenes.
Mr Nathan White Consultant, National Health Service Address: 2 Roundabout Rd, Kent, KP10 3FJ Tel: 0733 5679 9022 Email:[email protected]
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