Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist I - Firearms

Columbus Police Department, Columbus, Ohio

Salary: $25.09 - $36.43 Hourly

Final Filing Date: June 15, 2018

This position is a full-time position in the Firearms Section of the Crime Laboratory.

Under general supervision, is responsible for performing entry level professional scientific analyses to examine, identify, and evaluate physical and/or digital evidence; performs related duties as required.

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  • Examines and analyzes evidence samples using a variety of techniques including microscopy, chemical color testing, extraction, infrared spectrophotometry, gas chromatography, and mass spectrometry to identify the presence of controlled substances or for other purposes;
  • Performs appropriate separation and extraction procedures to obtain material suitable for analysis;
  • Examines physical evidence for biological fluids, such as blood and semen, and performs DNA analyses;
  • Examines and compares firearms, bullets, and cartridges to identify similarities among and between crime scene evidence and other obtained samples;
  • Examines and compares handwriting, typewriting, and printed matter with known writing and material to determine forgery from genuineness;
  • Analyzes digital and electronic evidence, including cell phones, computers, tablet computers, communication devices, social media websites, vehicle infotainment systems, home gaming systems, partially damaged or intact disks, and memory cards;
  • Analyzes videotapes and photographic images in analog and digital formats;
  • Handles physical evidence according to chain of custody and laboratory procedures;
  • Performs, documents, and records required laboratory activities such as activities related to case analyses, reagent preparation and tracking, or maintenance, service, or calibration of instrumentation;
  • Performs related miscellaneous laboratory duties; maintains work areas;
  • Participates in training and competency testing which may include oral or written exams, observation and training by experienced employees, examination and analysis of unknown samples with documentation in a technical report;
  • May prepare technical reports based on results and conclusions, and after training, may testify as an expert witness in court;
  • May provide technical assistance at crime scenes as necessary;
  • May review scientific literature, research analytical methods, and implement improvements to testing procedures as required.


  • Possession of a bachelor's degree with significant coursework (21 semester or 32 quarter hours) in forensic science, chemistry, biology, computer science, computer forensics, or closely related field.
  • Specific knowledge, skills, or abilities related to the specialization(s) for which appointment is being made may be required for some positions and will be incorporated in the job postings as appropriate.

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Posted: June 4, 2018

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