Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist II

Columbus Department of Public Safety, Columbus, Ohio

Salary: $32.61 - $50.90 Hourly

Final Filing Date: April 15, 2021

The Public Safety Department wishes to fill two vacancies within the Columbus Division of Police Crime Laboratory. One position is in the Forensic Biology/DNA section and one position is in the Firearms section. Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications and possess specific qualifications related to the specialization section for which they are applying.

Under direction, is responsible for performing fully skilled professional scientific analyses to examine, identify, and evaluate physical evidence; performs related duties as required.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Examples of Work (Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all of the duties that may be performed.)
  • Analyzes evidence and prepares technical reports on findings within the assigned forensic specialization (s), such as forensic biology (DNA), drug chemistry, firearms, questioned documents, and digital evidence;
  • 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;
  • Testifies as expert witness in court;
  • Provides technical assistance at crime scenes as necessary;
  • Handles physical evidence according to chain of custody and laboratory procedures;
  • Formulates and implements training activities concerning laboratory procedures and analytical methods to police officers, prosecutors and community groups;
  • Reviews scientific literature, researches analytical methods, and implements improvements to testing procedures as required;
  • 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;
  • May train other forensic scientists in the proper performance of professional scientific analyses;
  • May serve as a project leader by providing guidance, planning and reviewing work products.


Minimum Qualifications
  • 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 AND three (3) years of forensic laboratory or digital forensic analysis experience.
  • Substitution(s): A master's degree in forensic science, chemistry, biology, computer science, computer forensics, or closely related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience. A doctorate degree in forensic science, chemistry, biology, computer science, computer forensics, or closely related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.
  • 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: April 5, 2021

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