Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist Specialist I

Kentucky State Police, Jefferson Laboratory, Louisville, Kentucky

Salary: $45,489.60 - $60,261.84 per year

Final Filing Date: November 10, 2017

Performs analytical work and acts an advisor in a specialty area of forensics such as chemistry, biology, genetic analysis, firearms identification; and performs other duties as required.

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  • Performs Analytical Work and Acts as Advisor In a Specialty Area of Forensic Firearms Identification, Impression Evidence Comparisons, Serial Number Restoration, and/or Muzzle to Gament Distance Determinations and Performs Other Duties as Assigned.
  • Analyzes/Compares/Identifies unknown/known reference bullets, shell casings, tire and shoe impressions, serial number restorations, and/or distance determinations.
  • Cross trains in multiple subdiciplines of this section and acts as an advisor to other Examiners for certain sub-disciplines.
  • Writes/Reviews/Signs Laboratory Reports as to the analysis of evidence submitted to the lab by over 500 law enforcement agencies, coroners, prosecutors, and public defenders.
  • Maintains review of work-related literature.
  • Attends safety and other meetings.
  • Provides Expert testimony throughout the Commonwealth pertaining to Forensic Analysis and reports.
  • Receives and releases evidence.
  • Responsible for theft security of such evidence until released.
  • Maintains proper chain of custody documentation.
  • Protects the evidence from loss, contamination, and/or degradation, and protect the integrity of the evidence at all times.
  • Maintains laboratory instrumentation.
  • Responds to crime scenes and other work related special.
  • Receives specialty training in designated Forensic disciplines.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Requirement - Education :
  • Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor's degree in chemistry, forensic science, biology, microbiology, biochemistry, medical technology, engineering, mathematics, criminal justice or a closely related field.
Minimum Requirement - Experience :
  • Must have three years of professional laboratory experience performing work in a specialty area of forensic science.
Typical Working Conditions :
  • Incumbents in this classification will typically perform their job duties in a forensic laboratory setting. May have some contact with contagious diseases and/or body fluids. Regular handling of sharp surgical instruments. Regular exposure to noxious odors, chemicals substances and biohazardous compounds.
Unique Physical Requirements :
  • The work requires standing for long periods of time and possibly assisting in lifting dead bodies.
Additional Requirements :
  • Upon appointment, employees in this class may be required to maintain a valid driver's license and required to drive a licensed vehicle. This status may be necessary for the length of time in this class. If this is necessary it will be listed in the specific position description for that position. Applicants and employees in this classification may be required to submit to a drug screening test and background check. Applicants and employees in positions which perform job duties that may require contact with offenders in the custody or supervision of the Department of Corrections or with youth in the care, custody, or supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice must meet qualifications pursuant to the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act, 28 C.F.R.115.17 and 115.317.

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Posted: November 6, 2017

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