Scientific Analyst (Trace Analysis) perform forensic
investigations of exhibits in criminal cases. This includes:
doing scientific analysis, interpreting the results of
scientific analyses, issuing reports, performing methods
validation, giving experts testimony in a court of law, doing
research and attendance of crime scenes.
What are the minimum requirements to
become a Scientific Analyst (Trace Analysis)?
The prospective incumbent must be in possession of a relevant
degree or diploma in one or more of the following fields:
Forensic/Science/ Criminalistics, Analytical chemistry, electron
microscopy, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic
chemistry, physics, botany, zoology, soil science or
The following training is provided: The Orientation Programme
of the Forensic Science Laboratory and Professional training in
forensic investigation. Further training includes specialized
training in the relevant field of forensic science.
Where can you be stationed?
The Scientific Analyst (Trace Analyst) can be station at the
South African Police Service Forensic Science Laboratory.
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