Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 5 - DNA

Washington State Patrol, Spokane, Washington

Salary: $6,496.00 - $8,526.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: November 12, 2019

This position will perform independent, timely and accurate analyses of routine and complex casework, writing opinion reports, testifying to conclusions in courts of law, providing training to criminal justice agencies, and supervising employees. The FS5 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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Supervise forensic scientists within a multifunctional forensic services laboratory.
  • Responsible for the overall daily administration, operation and coordination of activities within an operational unit of the laboratory.
  • Assign and direct tasks to be performed by laboratory staff.
  • Ensure the success of the work-unit through effective leadership, proper training of personnel, effective management of resources, as well as providing a safe working environment.
  • Responsible to address operational, personnel and customer issues.
  • Evaluate staff job performance, monitor and address performance issues.
  • Conduct supervisory or technical review of staff case work.
  • Prepare monthly reports of section activities for management review.
  • Ensure compliance with standards of quality.
Perform laboratory analysis of physical evidence in complex casework using accepted scientific methods.
  • Scientifically analyze evidence in routine and non-routine casework
  • Document and protect evidence in accordance with current laboratory procedures.
  • Interpret and reach scientific conclusions supported by data and observations.
  • Report scientific findings in the form of a written forensic lab report.
  • Abide by accreditation criteria.
Participate in Quality Assurance Practices, provide training, and actively advances expertise and knowledge.
  • Follow the mandated criteria established by the national accreditation board for forensics (ANAB).
  • Assure that instruments have undergone the appropriate performance checks and maintenance.
  • Participate in assessment preparation and the internal audit program.
  • Participate in training events where forensic topics are presented to customer agencies.
  • Observe and report potential hazards or breaches of security plans while in the workplace or in the field.
Testify as an expert witness in a court of law.
  • Maintain competency in casework analyses.
  • Respond to discovery requests in a timely manner.
  • Participate in analysis interviews.


Required Qualifications:
  • At least five years of technical experience in a forensic laboratory performing analysis of physical evidence which includes testifying as an expert witness in courts of law.
  • Bachelor's degree in natural science, forensic science, or closely related field. (Examples of related fields, include but not limited to: genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, medical technology, analytical chemistry, clinical chemistry, nuclear chemistry, or toxicology.)
  • Coursework in biochemistry, genetics, statistics, and molecular biology (9 semester hours or 14 quarters hours combined).
  • Chemistry coursework (20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours).
  • Must have a valid, unrestricted Washington State driver's license.
  • Must be willing to provide an oral DNA sample to be used in the CODIS Elimination Profile Index.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Physics coursework (5 semester hours or 8 quarter hours).
  • Experience with basic computer systems, word processing, data management, and image processing and storage.
  • Knowledge of analytical instrument software and data interpretation.
  • Knowledge of proper evidence handling procedures.
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety rules, regulations, and procedures.
  • Able and willing to travel in order to testify in court or attend meetings and training.
  • Familiarity with ISO 17025 and supplemental certification requirements.
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: October 25, 2019

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