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Forensic Scientist Trainee

Mississippi Department of Pubic Safety, Forensics Laboratory, Rankin County, Mississippi

Salary: $32,151.19 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 26, 2017

This is an entry level position devoted to training in the assigned section. Employee carries out the requirements called for in the section's training program. Direct supervision is provided by the appropriate section chief. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. Training in the sections typically requires nine (9) to eighteen (18) months.

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  • Participates in training of chemical, instrumental, and microscopic techniques necessary to perform the required examinations.
  • Participates in training of the principles that form the foundation of the science.
  • Performs controlled practical exercises.
  • Performs required reading assignments.
  • Participates in training of laboratory safety to include proper handling of potentially bio hazardous materials and hazardous chemicals.
  • Participates in training of effective communication skills.
  • Participates in training of the function of the crime laboratory and the overall criminal justice system.
  • Participates in training of the correct and efficient use of analytical instrumentation.
  • Assists in the preparations for classroom instructions.
  • Participates in training on what constitutes physical evidence and its proper uses in criminal investigations.
  • Participates in training of comparison techniques and the proper evaluation of observations necessary to form valid, supportable opinions.
  • Assists in examining unknown materials for the presence of foreign substances.
  • Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
  • These minimum qualifications have been agreed upon by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in this job class and are based upon a job analysis and the essential functions. However, if a candidate believes he/she is qualified for the job although he/she does not have the minimum qualifications set forth below, he/she may request special consideration through substitution of related education and experience, demonstrating the ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Any request to substitute related education or experience for minimum qualifications must be addressed to the Mississippi State Personnel Board in writing, identifying the related education and experience which demonstrates the candidate's ability to perform all essential functions of the position.
For DPS-Forensic Scientist Trainee positions in the disciplines of Toxicology, Controlled Substance Identification, Fire Debris Analysis, Trace Evidence, and Implied Consent, applicants must possess the following education:
  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Chemistry or any other Natural Science, Physical, or Forensic Science with a minimum of 24 semester hours of chemistry which must include Analytical Chemistry;
For the position of DPS-Forensic Scientist Trainee in the disciplines of Questioned Documents, Latent Prints, Firearms and the Technical Assistance Unit must possess the following education:
  • A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four year college or university.
Required Document:
  • Applicant must attach a valid copy of his/her official transcript or other evidence to verify completion of required coursework.
Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring agency. The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Carries out the requirements called for in the section's training program.

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Posted: May 16, 2017

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