Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 4 - DNA

Washington State Patrol, Seattle, Washington

Salary: $6,217.00 - $8,156.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: May 2, 2021

This position performs independent analysis of complex DNA casework for criminal justice agencies, interpreting analytical results, preparing written opinion reports, and testifying as an expert witness in courts of law. This position 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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Primary Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Performs complex analyses on physical evidence.
  • Works with the Standards and Accountability Section in the performance of their assigned quality assurance duties
  • Is accountable for the quality of the casework product, for conformance with all applicable accreditation and audit criteria, conformance documentation, validation of new technology and methods, and investigation of assigned casework nonconformance's
  • Has the responsibility to oversee standard training for new employees, and re-training of existing employees as needed in conjunction with the employee’s supervisor, within the discipline
  • Has the responsibility to see that quality practices are utilized in all scientific equipment maintenance, and ensure appropriate quality control is implemented within the discipline
  • Ensures that procedures and training manuals for the discipline accurately reflect established standards and comply with accreditation requirements
  • Evaluates new analytical procedures, equipment or technologies, oversees their validation and assists with implementation
  • Reviews proposed research projects
  • Supports communication within the functional area that helps all labs meet division goals and objectives as a single entity
  • Ensure methodologies are in conformance with health and safety requirements
  • Assists supervisors with resolving disagreements between case analysts and technical reviewers, resolving other technical issues, and assists Standards and Accountability with root cause analysis involving technical nonconformities
  • Has the responsibility to recommend the termination of testing in their discipline in the event of a technical problem with a technical procedure, instrumentation or equipment. Communication of such action must follow the appropriate chain of command.


Required Qualifications:
  • 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 forensic science, natural science, or closely related field. Examples of related fields, including but not limited to, are: genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, medical technology, analytical chemistry, clinical chemistry, nuclear chemistry, or toxicology.
  • College chemistry coursework (20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours).
  • Coursework in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology (9 semester hours or 14 quarters hours combined).
  • College coursework in statistics or population genetics is also required.
  • All courses must have been successfully completed with passing grades.
  • Valid 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).
  • Understanding of the theory and operation of analytical instruments, to include but not limited to maintenance and QC procedures: Capillary Electrophoresis, Thermal Cyclers, and Stereomicroscopy.
  • 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: April 7, 2021

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