Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist - Toxicology

Washington State Patrol, Seattle,Washington

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

Final Filing Date: June 24, 2018

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.

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These positions conduct 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 forensic science, natural science, or closely related field. Examples of related fields include but are not limited to: pharmacology, medical technology, genetics, cellular or molecular biology, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, clinical chemistry, nuclear chemistry or toxicology.
  • Chemistry coursework required: 20 semester or 30 quarter hours.
Preferred/Desired Qualifications:
  • Physiology, Pharmacology, or Toxicology course work.
  • Physics coursework equivalent to at least 5 semester or 8 quarter hours.
  • To be hired at a Forensic Scientist 2 or Forensic Scientist 3 level, at least one year of technical experience in a forensic laboratory performing analyses on biological evidence.

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Posted: June 12, 2018

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