Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 4 - DNA High-Throughput Sexual Assault Unit

Washington State Patrol, Vancouver, Washington

Salary: $5,632.00 - $7,388.00 Monthl

Final Filing Date: June 14, 2018

A Forensic Scientist 4 directly impacts the mission of the CLD by performing independent, timely and accurate analyses of routine and complex casework, writing opinion reports, testifying to conclusions in courts of law, and providing training to criminal justice agencies. This position also ensures that all applicable quality assurance measures are employed in all aspects of the discipline on an individual, section and laboratory level.

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  • Perform laboratory analysis of physical evidence in complex casework using accepted scientific methods.
  • Document and protect evidence in accordance with current laboratory procedures, ensuring that the chain of custody is maintained.
  • Record and organize observations and data to create a record that explains their analytical work and the conclusions reached in the laboratory report in a legible manner that allows for technical and administrative review.
  • Assure that all assigned instruments have undergone the appropriate performance checks and maintenance.
  • Conduct regular site visits to laboratories in the division to provide one-on-one mentoring of functional area scientists.
  • Focus on maintaining the crime laboratory's quality processes and ensuring operational compliance with all certification, accreditation, and legal standards and requirements.


  • A Bachelor's degree in natural science, forensic science, natural science, or closely related field. Examples of related fields, including but not limited to, are: genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, medical technology, analytical chemistry, clinical chemistry, nuclear chemistry, or toxicology.
  • Chemistry coursework (a minimum of 20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours).
  • Completion of at least one undergraduate or graduate level course in each of the following subjects: biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology.
  • Two years of experience as a Forensic Scientist 3 - OR - five years of full-time paid technical experience in a forensic science laboratory which includes two years performing analyses of physical evidence and testifying as an expert witness in courts of law.
  • Ability to maintain competency in casework analyses.
  • Physics coursework (5 semester hours or 8 quarter hours).
  • Statistics or population genetics coursework or training.
  • Understanding of the theory and operation of analytical instruments, to include but not limited to maintenance and QC procedures: Capillary Electrophoresis, Thermal Cyclers, Stereomicroscopy.
  • Knowledge of the science of DNA, to include extraction, quantification, replication and amplification, population genetics and statistics, and legal applications

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Posted: June 4, 2018

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