Forensic Officer

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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Science
Classification: FrO4
Work Location: Melbourne - Northern Metro
Reference: VG/20009531C
Closing Date: 16-Oct-2018
Salary Range: $91,128 - $100,611
Job Duration: Ongoing - full time
Attachments: PD C1112.docx (Word, 447KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Glenn Bowkett
(03) 9380 7315 or

Position Details

As part of the Technical Unit of the Road Policing Drug & Alcohol Section, the Technical Services Laboratory provides technical and legal support at an instrumental and scientific level in relation to breath alcohol testing and technology. The Laboratory maintains all the alcohol breath testing equipment used by Victoria Police, and also runs a national facility for Initial Verification of all evidential instruments used in Australia.  The role sits under the laboratory manager, assisting with staff management, administration and hands-on instrument service and management.

Your duties will include:

  • Assisting with the co-ordination, development, implementation and evaluation of scientific and technical aspects of Victoria Police's ongoing breath alcohol testing program.
  • Assisting with the management and testing within nationally funded facilities for the Pattern Approval and Initial Verification of Evidential Breath Analysers.
  • Calibrating and servicing evidential and screening breath-analysis instruments used by the Victoria Police.
  • Diagnosing faults and repairing evidential and screening breath-analysis instruments.
  • Providing evidence to Courts of a complex technical nature on matters relating to breath alcohol measurement.
  • Maintaining a quality management program for the calibration and maintenance of breath alcohol analysis instruments and associated test equipment, within a NATA accredited facility.
  • Liaising with equipment and instrument suppliers.

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Knowledge of theoretical and practical scientific instrument design and experience in the calibration and maintenance of analogue and digital instrumentation.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to effectively present evidence in Court.
  • Ability to undertake analytical laboratory work of a complex nature with minimal supervision.
  • Working knowledge of laboratory quality-assurance practice.
  • Familiarity with measurement traceability and uncertainty.
  • Ability to work effectively within a group and to supervise staff
  • An approved degree in science or related discipline, or equivalent qualification.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • The incumbent will be required to complete the OHS requirements of the organisation, which may include local level training relating to equipment usage and Hazardous Chemicals.
  • Successful candidates will be required to possess a current Victorian Driver Licence and hold or qualify for an appropriate Victoria Police driving authority within three (3) months.

Your application must include:

  • Resume,
  • A Response to the Selection Criteria – found in the position description attached to the job advertisement. Responses to the Selection Criteria must not exceed 5 pages.

Applications close midnight, Tuesday 16 October 2018 - No applications will be accepted via email.

For further information on this role please contact Glenn Bowkett on (03) 9380 7315 or via email

If you have a disability / medical condition and require a copy of this advertisement and attached documentation in an accessible format or would like to discuss an access requirements / reasonable adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact  VPS Recruitment via email

About Us:

Victoria Police is a large organisation employing police, public servants and protective services officers. Victoria Police provides support to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. 

At Victoria Police our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We continually seek to attract and retain a diverse workforce which includes people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. 

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