Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist - Entry Chemistry

Oregon State Police, Bend, Oregon

Salary: $47,784.00 - $68,016.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: June 20, 2018

This announcement will be used to fill a Forensic Scientist in the Chemistry Section in the Bend Lab. The Oregon State Police Forensic Division operates as a state laboratory system comprised of laboratories in Bend, Central Point, Pendleton, Portland and Springfield. This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified individuals and may be used to fill Forensic Scientist 1 (FS1) and Forensic Scientist entry (FS entry) vacancies as they occur.

A Forensic Scientist performs complex laboratory analyzes on physical evidence, devises analytical approaches to casework that may include research and/or generating or modifying methods, interprets analytical results, prepares written reports and testifies as an expert witness in courts of law.

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  • Ensuring all work products conform to accreditation standards and policy and procedures;
  • Providing accurate and timely processing, comparison, and identification of evidence by qualitative, quantitative, microscopic, and any other scientific means available and necessary as outlined in forensic manuals;
  • Preparing and maintaining accurate records and laboratory notes;
  • Preparing formal laboratory reports communicating interpretation, conclusions, and opinions based on the observations and analytical test results;
  • Performing technical reviews of casework by other analysts to ensure objective and accurate analysis, opinions and conclusions;
  • Communicating in a professional manner;
  • Monitoring incoming calls from District Attorneys, investigators, and other law enforcement personnel regarding cases they have personally worked;
  • Testifying in court as an expert witness associated with laboratory analysis; Must be able to provide sworn credible testimony in criminal or civil proceedings arising from the performance of duties;
  • Assisting in the training of other forensic scientists and provide instruction to law enforcement agencies on the collection and preservation of evidence;
  • Remaining current on evolving developments and theories in forensic science by reading technical scientific literature and maintaining contact with other experts;
  • Testing new techniques and modify or incorporate them into validated, approved analytical procedures and courtroom testimony;
  • Participating in and successfully complete all training and professional development that is required to conduct forensic analysis of evidence;
  • Belonging to pertinent professional organizations;
  • Successfully completing at least one proficiency test per-discipline-practiced every year;
  • Understanding and adhering to the agency affirmative action goals and objectives.


  • A Bachelor's or advanced degree in a natural science such as chemistry, biology, microbiology, biochemistry, physics, forensic science, pharmacology, or a closely related area;
  • Skills in using instrument/equipment in laboratory techniques
  • Experience in writing scientific/technical reports
  • Subject to handling firearms, broken glass, syringes, odoriferous materials, blood, urine, and other body fluids that may come from diseased persons or clothing that may be infected with hazardous biological materials. May be required to work with caustic and flammable fluids or be exposed to toxic, carcinogenic, radioactive, or otherwise hazardous substances. Must follow proper safety precautions and practices.
  • Schedule variations including irregular hours, varying shifts assignments, varying days off and/or overtime may be imposed to meet operational needs. This position is subject to call-back to work during anytime of the day or week. Occasional overnight travel may be necessary to meet training and operational needs. Be subject to 24-hour callback, and must operate motor vehicles.
  • You must have a valid driver's license and a good driving record. If not, you must be able to provide an acceptable alternate method of transportation.

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Posted: May 31, 2018

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