Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist I (Chemistry/Trace Evidence)

Denver Police Department, Denver, Colorado

Salary: $51,873.00 - $82,997.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: November 10, 2017

The Denver Crime Laboratory currently has a position vacancy for a Forensic Scientist I (Forensic Chemist). This position performs entry level professional forensic work while receiving on-the-job training in the methods, practices, procedures, and equipment of forensic science by applying physical sciences to the investigation of crimes and conducting scientific laboratory analyses on physical evidence.

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  • Receives comprehensive instruction in the scientific analysis of physical evidence, develops competencies in forensic science including the laboratory techniques, methods, practices, and equipment, and is assigned less complex casework.
  • Conducts supervised chemical and biochemical analysis of evidence to identify and confirm compositions and interpret results for use in felony investigations.
  • Maintains chain-of-custody for evidence by recording description of evidence, laboratory identification numbers, dates, times, tests performed, techniques used, and other pertinent information.
  • Prepares technical reports, maintains written and computer records of all tests, and consults with supervisors, investigators, and/or attorneys about findings and interpretation of results.
  • Assists in the preparation of court testimony that links findings with conclusions and the establishment of the scientific soundness of analytical methods.
  • Operates and performs preventive maintenance/minor repairs on state-of-the-art laboratory and analytical instrumentation and equipment.
  • By position, visits crime scenes to assist with the identification, collection, and preservation of physical evidence.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will have:
  • Experience in the area of comparative analysis of controlled or drug substances
  • Knowledge in regard to ISO standards and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of performing unknown chemical identification
  • Ability to lift 25lbs
We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:
  • Baccalaureate Degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Physics, or a directly related natural science.
Education/Experience Equivalency:
  • A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements.
Condition of Employment:
  • It is a condition of employment that the Denver Police Forensics & Evidence Division form for consent for collection of a DNA sample be completed at the time of hire.

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Posted: November 1, 2017

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