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Employment Opportunity


Forensic Scientist (DNA Casework)

Washington State Patrol, Seattle or Vancouver, Washington

Salary: See below

Final Filing Date: May 29, 2017

This position has been designated as "in-training"; as such, WSP will consider filling this position at the Forensic Scientist 3, Forensic Scientist 2, or Forensic Scientist 1 level. The salary range will depend upon which level the position is filled at and the qualifications of the successful candidate:

  • Forensic Scientist 3 - Range 62: $4,762 - $6,247 per month
  • Forensic Scientist 2 - Range 52: $3,721 - $4,879 per month
  • Forensic Scientist 1 - Range 46: $3,212 - $4,208 per month

These positions perform independent analysis of complex DNA casework for criminal justice agencies, interpreting analytical results, preparing written opinion reports and testifying as an expert witness in courts of law.

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Duties:

  • Perform laboratory analysis of physical evidence in complex DNA casework using accepted scientific methods.
  • Document and protect evidence according to current laboratory procedures.
  • Examine and analyze evidence for the presence of biological material in criminal cases.
  • Write reports based on the interpretation of observations and analytical test results.
  • Participate in quality assurance processes.
  • Testify as an expert witness in a court of law.

Requirements:

Required Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor's degree in forensic science, natural science, or closely related field. Examples of related fields, include but not limited to: genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, medical technology, analytical chemistry, clinical chemistry, nuclear chemistry, or toxicology.
  • Chemistry coursework (20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours).
  • Coursework in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology (9 semester hours or 14 quarters hours combined).
Desired Qualifications:
  • Physics coursework (5 semester hours or 8 quarter hours)
  • Statistics or population genetics coursework or training.
Additional qualifications are desirable for the levels listed below:
  • Forensic Scientist 1: One year of technical experience in a forensic laboratory performing analysis of physical evidence.
  • Forensic Scientist 2: Two years of technical experience in a forensic laboratory performing analysis of physical evidence.
  • Forensic Scientist 3: Three years of technical experience in a forensic laboratory performing analysis of physical evidence, which includes testifying as an expert witness in courts of law.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: May 8, 2017



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