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Jake Irwin

Principal Associate
Forensic Investigator Dr Jake Irwin

After completing a PhD at the University of Sydney, Jake joined the National Measurement Institute of Australia producing certified analytical reference materials. He then took a Post Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Warwick, performing chemical synthesis and analysis for a wide variety of projects.

In 2006 Jake joined the Forensic Science Service as a Researcher and then R&D Science Manager in the physical sciences. He led progress in the analytical sciences (in particular the toxicology & illicit drug testing fields) and drove the development and implementation of quality assurance standards at a European level. Jake also worked on many collaborative projects with universities and other research organisations. Since joining Hawkins in 2012 as a fire investigator, Jake has investigated many fire scenes from small domestic losses to large commercial losses. More recently Jake has also investigated chemical, post-fire and post-flood contamination events.

Jake is currently a Principal Associate and Regional Manager of our Birmingham office.


BSc Chemistry – Massey University, New Zealand
MSc Chemistry – Massey University, New Zealand
PhD Chemistry – University of Sydney, Australia
MRSC Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
MACS Member of the American Chemical Society

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