Forensic Engineer/ Forensic Collison Investigator (Court Reporting Officer) – Carrickfergus.

  • Carrickfergus
  • Please see job description

Forensic Engineer/ Forensic Collison Investigator (Court Reporting Officer) – Carrickfergus

  • Carrickfergus
  • Please see job description
  • Posted January 25, 2023

Our client, a large public sector organisation, based in Carrickfergus is looking to recruit a Higher Scientific Officer to join their team.

Hourly Pay: £16.80

Location: Carrickfergus

Length of Assignment: 51 weeks

Hours: Immediately upon confirmation of security clearance and pre-engagement requirements

The casework in FSNI is distributed between anumber of Reporting teams and one, the Road Traffic Collision (RTC) Unit, is responsible for the scientific investigation of fatal and serious road traffic collisions in Northern Ireland. The Unit provides a full out-of-hours on-call service to deal with serious road traffic collisions and urgent work.  Therefore, the post-holder will be expected to
drive to live collision scenes throughout Northern Ireland, often during unsociable hours and at weekends, on bank holidays etc.  Collision scenes can be distressing and very often the person/s fatally injured will be present during the examination.  Therefore, resilience is required when dealing with such scenes.  The scene examination and follow-up vehicle/component examination may also be physically demanding. Following the examinations, the post-holder will provide a collision reconstruction report in the form of a witness statement and will regularly provide expert
opinion evidence at coroners, criminal and civil courts, generally under cross-examination. As a court reporting officer (RO) the post holder will be involved in identifying, gathering and assessing relevant scientific information during the course of their investigations with the purpose of providing expert opinion ultimately to a court. They will be expected to keep an open mind and have an impartial but informative approach when dealing with casework. Sound scientific knowledge and skills will be supported by good oral and written communication skills which will allow the post-holder to communicate scientific findings to non-scientists, both orally and in writing, and a high level competence in these skills is expected.

The main duties of the posts will include:
– Examining live collision scenes, often during unsociable hours, to include the road topography, vehicle rest positions, signage and road surface condition coupled with the detection and recording of all relevant collision marks and debris and conducting scene tests using specialist equipment which you will be required to transport to collision scenes and other locations. Often the person/s fatally injured, will be present at the scene and resilience is required when dealing with such scenes. The scene examination may also be physically demanding.  You will work as part of a team at the scene to include a Senior Investigating Officer, police photographer, crime scene surveyor and Road Policing Officer.
– Liaison with the Senior Investigation Officer to establish lines of inquiry and advising them on the scientific/engineering aspects of the investigation.
– Attend post-mortems as and when required.
– The examination of collision vehicles and the examination in the laboratory of recovered components to ascertain if these are relevant to the collision reconstruction. Vehicle and component examination may be physically demanding.
– The calculation of vehicle speeds using a variety of methods.
– The application of computer software to assist in the process of accident reconstruction and modelling.
– The downloading and interpretation of digital data from collision vehicles.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               – The reporting of collision investigations in the form of a witness statement and the provision of expert opinion evidence to the courts, generally under cross-examination.


Essential Criteria: 

(a) An honours level degree qualification in Mechanical Engineering or Physics;

(b)    An honours level degree qualification in a related engineering or science discipline*, where the degree course of study included a substantial element of Mechanical Engineering or mechanics.  Substantial element is defined as at least 60% study of Mechanical Engineering or mechanics in any year;

(c)        An honours level degree in Forensic Road Collision Investigation

The successful candidate must have access to a form of transport which will enable them to fulfil the duties of the post in full. The successful candidate would be expected to have permanent access to a vehicle for travel to road traffic collision scenes. Travel expenses will be reimbursed. This can be a physically demanding job and the successful candidate will be required to undertake a compulsory medical examination for Colour Blindness as part of the pre-appointment enquiries. The sensitivity of current DNA testing is such that it is essential to guard against the consequences of inadvertent contamination of casework material by staff. The successful candidate will therefore be required to provide a DNA sample for elimination purposes. The sample and resulting profile will be retained securely and will only be used for this purpose.


Desirable Criteria:

– At least 1 years’ experience in a technical role demonstrating the ability to apply mathematical/engineering equations/concepts to solve technical problems

***Successful applicants must be required to pass a CTC clearance before starting the role***

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