Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist III

Massachusetts State Police, Sudbury, Massachusetts

Salary: $62,601.24 - $88,614.24 Yearly

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


In addition to the functions performed for the Forensic Scientist Level I and II, incumbents apply the knowledge skills and abilities acquired at entry level to perform the following:
  • Supervise Forensic Scientists of a lower level at on-site scenes as they identify, collect, preserve and evaluate physical evidence.
  • Supervise Forensic Scientists of a lower level in work units to manage caseloads and assignment of cases to Forensic Scientists of a lower level, and in cross-disciplinary projects, processes, and functions where advanced subject matter knowledge is required to lead activities, provide training and direction, and oversee production of results and outcomes.
  • Provide specialized training to Assistant District Attorneys, police and fire personnel on the collection and preservation of evidence and on laboratory operations.
  • Perform validation studies for work groups or units.
  • Perform related duties as required, specifically those involving demonstration or application of knowledge, skills and abilities required at hire or acquired on the job.
  • Must use the methods that incorporate the principles of quality assurance embodied in the Crime Laboratory’s policies and procedures and in compliance with the requirements of the ASCLD/LAB accreditation manual. Qualifications which meet the requirements of the Scientific Working Groups for Fire and Explosives (SWGFEX) and the Scientific Working Group for Materials Analysis (SWGMAT).


Applicants must have a Bachelors degree in the natural sciences, including Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Forensic Science, Pharmacology or Physics and (A) at least three years
  • of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience as a bench chemist or forensic scientist in a crime laboratory or comparable setting and (B) 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 (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
  • A Masters or higher 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: December 15, 2016

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