Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist - Toxicology Laboratory Division

Washington State Patrol, Seattle, Washington

Salary: $3,612 - $7,032 per month

Final Filing Date: September 24, 2017

The Washington State Toxicology Laboratory performs drug and alcohol testing for coroners, medical examiners, law enforcement agencies, and prosecuting attorneys in all 39 Washington counties.

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 these positions are filled at and the qualifications of the successful candidate:

  • Forensic Scientist 3 - Range 66: $5,358 - $7,032 per month
  • Forensic Scientist 2 - Range 56: $4,191 - $5,493 per month
  • Forensic Scientist 1 - Range 50: $3,612 - $4,737 per month

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This position conducts case analysis on evidence submitted to the Toxicology Laboratory. You will perform analytical testing for volatiles, drugs and other toxins on biological samples using measuring devices such as dilutors and pipettes. The extracted samples are then analyzed by laboratory instrumentation.

You will report scientific findings supported by data using a laboratory information management system for creating the reports and evidence handling. You will also provide courtroom testimony; prepare and certify simulator solutions for the WSP Breath Test Program; and perform quality assurance testing and instrument maintenance.


Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in a natural science, forensic science or closely related field. (Examples of related fields include but are not limited to: pharmacology, medical technology, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, clinical chemistry or toxicology.)
  • One year of technical experience in a forensic laboratory, performing analysis of biological evidence, which includes testifying as an expert witness in courts of law.
  • Chemistry coursework required: 20 semester or 30 quarter hours.
  • Physics coursework required: 5 semester or 8 quarter hours.
Preferred/Desired Qualifications:
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology, or Toxicology course work.
  • Working knowledge of ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation standards and/or ABFT accreditation program requirements.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of forensic science as it relates to the chosen discipline and the ability to apply that knowledge toward completing complex casework and the other assigned duties of the position.

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Posted: August 23, 2017

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