Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist V-Toxicology

Massachusetts State Police, Maynard

Salary: $75,166.00 - $106,449.98 Yearly

Final Filing Date: Open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Methods incorporate the principles of quality assurance embodied in the Forensic Services Group’s policies and procedures and in compliance with the requirements of the ASCLD/LAB accreditation manual. Additional quality assurance guidance for this Unit comes from the Scientific Working Group on Toxicology (SWGTOX).

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In addition to the functions performed by the Forensic Scientist Level I, II, III, IV incumbents apply the knowledge skills and abilities acquired at the entry level to perform the following:

  • Devise protocols, processes and procedures relative to forensic science innovations that are under consideration for implementation by management.
  • Function as the technical leader and/or supervisor of laboratory units and sections and collaborate with laboratory management on quality assurance and accreditation oversight.
  • Determine through validation studies if a new instrument or technique is valid for use in casework.
  • Determine the best procedures for new instruments and equipment.
  • Decide the best methods for performing analysis on emergent criminal activity using available instruments and equipment.
  • Determine how to implement recommendations or findings that result from an experimental or pilot project within the laboratory.
  • Determine if a laboratory work group, unit or section is performing effectively and in keeping with the goals and objectives of the laboratory, as mandated through the quality assurance program.


  • Bachelors degree in the natural sciences, including Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Forensic Science, Pharmacology or Physics and (A) at least six years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience as a bench chemist or forensic scientist in a crime laboratory or comparable setting, of which (B) at least four years must have been in a supervisory or managerial capacity and (C) full competence as a forensic analyst within an accredited laboratory in a relevant forensic science specialization, and documented experience in providing testimony as both an expert and material witness in legal proceedings or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
  • Substitutions: A Masters degree in the natural sciences, including Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Forensic Science, Pharmacology or Physics, may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.
  • Incumbents are required to have a current and valid motor vehicle drivers license at a class level specific to assignment.

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How to apply: Apply online.

Posted: April 21, 2016

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