Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist Supervisor (Forensic Chemistry/Trace Evidence)

Denver Police Department, Denver, Colorado

Salary: $76,853.00 - $122,965.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: January 31, 2017

The Denver Crime Laboratory with Denver Police Department is seeking to fill a Forensic Scientist Supervisor position for the Forensic Chemistry/Trace Evidence Unit in early 2017.

This position will supervise Forensic Scientists, which includes: planning, directing performance criteria for laboratory operations, conducting testing on casework, reviewing analytical casework, and proctoring the ISO 17025 based quality assurance/control program for the Unit.

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  • Directs the operations of individual units/sections within the forensic laboratory and the work of forensic scientists involved in applying the physical sciences to the investigation of crimes and conducting scientific laboratory analyses on physical evidence according to established standard operating procedures, ISO 17025 standards, and applicable State laws.
  • Coordinates and reviews the quality assurance/control criteria and related activities of their respective units/sections to ensure that all standards and guidelines of the forensic laboratory are met and prepares technical and management reports.
  • Serves as a consultant to forensic scientists when making difficult decisions related to choice and application of chemical and physical analysis and when developing quality findings and conclusions regarding analysis of more complex cases.
  • Presents court testimony as an expert witness, monitors and evaluates court testimony of forensic scientists, and oversees the preparation of exhibits for courtroom use.
  • Participates in the budget process in order to ensure staff members are provided the training and tools necessary to perform quality forensic analysis.
  • Oversees and ensures staff members receive professional development and uniform technical training including instruction in laboratory safety and in the operation of laboratory equipment and instrumentation.
  • Develops or modifies work plans, methods, and procedures and determines work priorities.
  • Assigns and distributes work, reviews work for accuracy and completeness, and returns assignments with recommendations for proper completion.
  • Resolves problems encountered during daily operations and determines standards for problem resolution.
  • Develops the performance enhancement plan, documents performance, provides performance feedback, and formally evaluates the work of employees.
  • Responds to formal and informal employee grievances and prepares written response.
  • Documents causes for disciplinary action and initiates letters of reprimand and formal recommendations for disciplinary action.
  • Provides work instruction and assists employees with difficult and/or unusual assignments.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by their supervisor.


Education Requirement:
  • Baccalaureate Degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Physics, or a directly related natural science.
Experience Requirement:
  • Three (3) years of full performance professional criminalist and forensic analysis experience in toxicology, serology, drug chemistry, trace evidence, or other forensic disciplines.
  • Experience should include: a demonstrated competence in qualitative analysis and responsibility for quality assurance and will actively participate in and prepare documentation for the Denver Crime Laboratory's ISO QA/QC program.
Education/Experience Equivalency:
  • A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements.
Condition of Employment:
  • It is a condition of employment that the Denver Police Forensics & Evidence Division form for consent for collection of a DNA sample be completed at the time of hire.

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Posted: December 20, 2016

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