Forensic practitioners are scientists who are subject area specialists in their given discipline. This can include a wide range of scientists from forensic anthropologists, forensic archaeologists, forensic entomologists, forensic botany etc.
To become a forensic practitioner, you will have a degree in a scientific subject and usually and MSc and PhD in your specialist area. You will be highly experienced and usually you will be scene attending as well as court attending as an expert witness.
On this page you will find job openings for forensic practitioners, forensic science lecturers and digital forensic science.
Closing Date: 6th December 2023
You’ll join the School of Life Sciences working with a team of experienced technicians supporting the teaching and research activities of the School of Life Sciences. We’re a forward-looking and enthusiastic School with a vision that combines commitment to a strong and active research culture with excellence in learning and teaching. We offer a wide portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Biomedical Sciences, Forensic Science, Crime and Investigative Studies, Zoology, Animal Behaviour and Marine Biology.
We are seeking a highly motivated laboratory technician with experience in Forensic and Investigative Science to support the academic staff in the delivery of laboratory practicals. You will assist with laboratory set up and set down in a very busy academic teaching school in the forensic science and crime and investigative studies disciplines within the School. Experience and familiarity with handling chemicals and/or biological material would be advantageous. You’ll also have the opportunity to contribute to our research culture, working with colleagues in one or more of our research groups, subject to your workload.
With a degree in life science or aligned subject or part qualified in a relevant professional qualification at degree level or demonstrable appropriate level of experience and evidence of CPD relevant to the role, you will be familiar with laboratory practices and have knowledge of relevant health and safety issues. You will be well organised, accurate and reliable, with good IT skills.
Informal enquiries can be made to Kevin Bright, Senior Technical Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: 15th December 2023
We are seeking to recruit hourly paid lecturers who are available to work during the academic year and will be paid on an hourly basis with expertise in:
Forensic science - may include
Chemistry -may include
The successful candidates will join the thriving and innovative Department of Chemistry & Forensic Science which is responsible for teaching and research in chemistry and forensic science at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Closing Date: 30th November
UK Students only
This PhD project aims to advance the understanding and application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods in the analysis of complex samples. Our primary focus will be the use of pure shift NMR methods to analyse samples containing bio-toxins or related materials important in forensics and the Defence industry. This will lay the groundwork for rapid identification and/or quantification of targeted components of mixtures.
While NMR is renowned for its applications in structure elucidation, it often falls short when we used for analysis of complex biological and chemical mixtures. Crucial signals are often obscured in conventional 1H NMR spectra, partly as a result of the loss of information arising because of signal overlap caused by spin-spin couplings. As a result, information on mixture components is often hidden.
This in an Industrial studentship funded by DSTL. The student will be based in the NMR Methodology Group at the University of Manchester with placements at DSTL Porton Down. The project will provide access for an outstanding PhD student to a first-rate, challenging research training experience, within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between academia, government and industry. The student will use world-class research facilities in the Department of Chemistry and at DSTL, including cutting-edge chemical characterisation instrumentation. This PhD project will provide extensive training in a range of industrially-focused research methods, allowing the student to acquire a broad set of skills in practical NMR spectroscopy, spin physics, statistical data analysis, software production and scientific programming, and can be tailored to suit individual preferences.
Liverpool John Moores University
Closing Date: 15th December
The project aims to develop a framework for the parallel use of forensic ecology and remote sensing approaches to determine the translocation of human remains from primary clandestine graves to secondary locales. This is important to resolve contemporary crime more accurately and contribute to giving closure to bereaved families in cold cases. Through collaborations with AFTER, this strand will also evaluate the transferability of data between experimental clandestine burials using animal proxies and human remains. The diverse and interdisciplinary supervisory and advisory team provides extensive forensic, microbiological and robotics expertise and the lead supervisor combines research in sustainable environmental biotechnology with championship of equity, diversity and inclusion to facilitate and ensure equitable participation of women in science.
Closing Date: Ongoing - Start Date: 1st October and 1st March are the standard cohort start dates each year.
Self-funded students only
The use of forensic DNA and national DNA databases (NDNAD) has gained popularity in criminal investigations globally . While the technology has been embraced in Europe and other high-income countries, its use and regulation are still at an infant stage in Africa . The lack of forensic DNA legal frameworks, policies, and guidelines poses a challenge to the fight against cross-border crime, protection of public security and human rights in Africa. DNA data can assist the police in identifying criminals, missing persons, or deceased individuals. However, it can reveal sensitive information about an individual, including their ancestry, susceptibility to diseases, and family ties. Considering this, several countries/ regions worldwide have adopted legislation and policies to govern the use of DNA and databases for investigative purposes.
The research methodology will involve a review of existing literature, legal frameworks, and policies governing the use of forensic DNA and databases in South Africa and Europe, and stakeholder interviews. The literature review and legal/policy analysis will provide key insight into the degree of consensus across different countries and identify best practices. Finally, stakeholder interviews will be conducted with legal experts, law enforcement agencies, forensic scientists, civil society organizations, and policymakers in African countries to gather insights into the challenges and opportunities of implementing a forensic DNA legislative framework and policy.
Closing Date: Ongoing: Applicants accepted all year round
Self-funded students only
This project involves the study of mites (Acari) in their role as useful markers in forensic investigations.
The utility/contribution of mites in criminal investigations goes beyond crime scene investigations with dead bodies, and addresses, for example, illegal trade, and human and animal neglect, among other topics. We are particularly interested in investigating the role of mites in the process of decomposition of corpses and carcasses exposed to different environmental conditions; aiming to understand translocation of cadavers, burials at different depths and wrapping or concealment.
*Candidates must have i) knowledge of arthropods, (i.e., biology and taxonomy of at least one group), ii) basic concepts of genetics, and iii) experience in numerical analyses. These topics will be further developed during the scholarship, with research carried out in the lab, curating forensic related collection/s, in forensic research settings or facilities, in house or abroad (e.g., taphonomy centres).
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