Employment Opportunity

Forensic Technician - Toxicology

Michigan State Police, Lansing, Michigan

Salary: $1,288.00 - $2,106.40 Biweekly

Final Filing Date: February 14, 2018

Participates in a variety of analytical laboratory support activities. Logging in of samples, preparation of standards and reagents, inventory supplies, and analysis data/reports maintenance, and computerized data entry. Will perform analytical tasks at direction of professional staff.

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Provides clerical and logistical assistance.
  • Receives, opens, describes, and logs cases and related pertinent information into computer network system under the supervision of analysts/examiners; prints worksheet and checks for accuracy of computer input and prepares individual laboratory case files; enters results into computer system, generates a final report, and, if necessary, a supplemental worksheet; maintains supply of expendable material for the chromatographic testing procedure; returns specimens upon notification and under the supervision of analysts/examiners; updates submitting agency addresses and telephone numbers in computer system and prepares mailing labels as needed; prepares and maintains computer reports, daily, monthly, juris, and individual, for laboratory files; prepares and runs fax program and maintains fax files; handles FOI requests in conjunction with analysts/examiners and Central Records Division; assists toxicology laboratory personnel as needed; responds to phone inquiries regarding case results and status of pending cases; and computerized data entry.
Provides assistance to the analysts/examiners in their court appointments and communicates casework results to user agencies.
  • Maintains the laboratory court book on a daily basis. After updating the courtbook, disseminates subpoenas to the individual analysts/examiners. Contacts state and federal courts and county prosecuting attorneys throughout Michigan to determine the need for the appearance of analysts/examiners. Handles requests from law enforcement agencies and prosecuting attorneys on the status of pending cases. Gathers information for processing F.O.I. requests.
Provides assistance to the laboratory through maintenance and logistics.
  • Maintains certain scientific and analytical equipment; prepares chemical reagents and standards as necessary, assuming responsibility for accuracy; keeps inventories of supplies and stocks on hand and orders expendables when necessary; orders scientific supplies and chemicals under direction of the laboratory supervisor or program coordinator; responsible for the shipment of blood alcohol collection kits, maintaining a record of those sent and preparing a monthly report for the laboratory supervisor; cleans glassware; performs computerized data entry into laboratory information systems including automated bullet and cartridge case systems.
Provides analytical assistance in casework under the supervision of the analysts/examiners.
  • Prepares samples for preliminary testing; performs analytical examinations on specimens using laboratory instrumentation and techniques; evaluates results and updates case worksheets; operates, adjusts, and standardizes such scientific instruments and equipment as analytical balances, ph meters, FPIA (TDx), solid phase extraction equipment, CO-oximeter, microprocessors, and chromatographic apparatuses; assists analysts/examiners in other procedures as needed.


  • Possession of an associate's degree in forensic science, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, or a related pure or applied science.
  • Forensic Technician 8 - No specific type or amount is required.
  • Forensic Technician 9 - One year of experience equivalent to a Forensic Technician 8.
  • Forensic Technician E10 - Two years of experience equivalent to a Forensic Technician, including one year equivalent to a Forensic Technician 9.
Alternate Education and Experience
  • Possession of a bachelor's degree or higher with 16 semester (24 term) credits in job specific or related course work may be substituted for the education and experience requirements.
Additional Requirements and Information
  • Some positions within this class series are assigned job duties that may require possession of a current, valid driver's license to operate a designated state vehicle.
  • This position requires passing a pre-employment screening, including passing a drug screen, criminal history background check and a fingerprint check by the Michigan State Police.
  • As a condition of employment, the selected candidate is required to submit a DNA sample for inclusion into the DNA Staff Index.
In addition, applicants will be screened on the following criteria:
  • Previous laboratory experience
  • Previous experience with laboratory instrumentation
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products
  • Prior work experience with evidentiary analysis
  • Prior work experience with the evidence chain of custody process
  • Experience working with information or asset database systems

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Posted: February 8, 2018

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