Scientists - Glasgow

The Forensic Institute
North Lanarkshire
Competitive Salary
05 Aug 2017
31 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


The Institute is constantly developing new areas of interest, although currently our major focus is on DNA and digital evidence. Our philosophy is to encourage the greatest fit between the interests of our staff and the aims of The Institute. Jobs are therefore expected to develop by mutual agreement within the team. Scientists are expected to develop their roles within the team and the varied interests within The Institute.

  • Assess scientific, medical, and other expert forensic reports for scientific rigour of the methods and conclusions.
  • Present these to other team members, solicitors, and courts in written or verbal form.
  • If required, manage individual cases including the engagement and supervision of other experts.
  • Prepare letters and other correspondence and communication with the Institute's clients and suppliers.
  • Contribute positively to the Institute's quality processes.
  • Take part in discussion and presentation of others' cases.
  • Advise solicitors and others of the meaning of scientific terms and methods in a comprehensible way.
  • Take part in the professional development activities of The Forensic Institute including the Institute's conference and seminar series'.
  • Take an active part in the improvement and development of the Institute's sales and marketing activities.
  • Contribute to the development of the Institute's training programme.
  • If required, to provide teaching input to the Institute's training programme and events.
  • Maintain scientific knowledge by personal reading and other professional development activity.
  • Other duties as reasonably required.

Exceptional people are sought to join our team involved in casework consultancy and education. An intelligent, questioning attitude, supplemented with a deep and broad understanding of science and a friendly, flexible approach, are the key skills required. An ability to travel, sometimes at short notice, is expected.

The Institute is a highly specialised scientific environment providing an interesting, varied, and intellectually challenging professional setting. Salaries are negotiable, competitive, and include bonus and development opportunities. The Institute is an open and cooperative working environment where everyone is expected to contribute positively to our aims.

Hours of work

Full Time, flexible within limits. There are no set hours, but a minimum of 37.5 hours per week is expected. Normally, you will work Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 17:00, or as required.


28 days holiday per year, including public holidays.

You may be required to work public holidays.

Unused holiday entitlement may be carried forward to the next holiday year. The amount of holiday that can be carried forward into the next holiday year is limited to 5 days.

Expected Person Specification

Ideally, candidates will have some or all of the following characteristics:

  • Education
    • Mostly A's at H or A Level
    • 1st Class Honours degree in a solid science
    • Postgraduate degree to include a significant element of experimental design and science
  • Knowledge
    • Scientific Method
    • Statistics
    • Logic
    • Excellent range and depth in science
  • Skills
    • Communication
      • To explain complex science in lay terms
      • To write detailed and accurate reports
      • Presentable on the phone and in person
      • To summarise key points
    • MS Office programs
    • Organised, to deal simultaneously with a number of separate cases
  • Attitude
    • Motivated
    • Logical
    • Robust
    • Co-operative

The activities of The Forensic Institute are at . You are welcome to speak to any of our staff prior to submitting your application.

Send your CV by clicking on the 'Apply' button or to The Forensic Institute, 166 Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 2LW