Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 1, 2, or 3 - DNA Casework

Washington State Patrol, Tacoma, Washington

Salary: $3,987.00 - $7,761.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: Continuous

The mission of the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory Division (CLD) is to enhance public safety by providing high-quality forensic science services and forensic evidence training for all criminal justice partner agencies within the State of Washington.

This position has been designated as "in-training"; as such, WSP will consider filling this position at the Forensic Scientist 3, Forensic Scientist 2, or Forensic Scientist 1 level. The salary range will depend upon which level the position is filled at and the qualifications of the successful candidate.
  • Forensic Scientist 3 - Range 66: $5,913 - $7,761 per month
  • Forensic Scientist 2 - Range 56: $4,627 - $6,063 per month
  • Forensic Scientist 1 - Range 50: $3,987 - $5,229 per month

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  • This position directly impacts the mission of the CLD by performing independent, timely and accurate analyses of routine and complex casework, writing opinion reports, testifying to conclusions in courts of law, and providing training to criminal justice agencies.
  • This position performs independent analysis of complex DNA casework for criminal justice agencies, interpreting analytical results, and preparing written opinion reports and testifying as an expert witness in courts of law.


Required Qualifications:
  • 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).
  • College coursework in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology (9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours combined).
  • College coursework in statistics or population genetics.
    • All courses must have been successfully completed with passing grades.
  • Valid Washington State driver's license.
  • Must be willing to provide an oral DNA smple to be used in the CODIS Elimination Profile Index.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Physics coursework (5 semester 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, Stereomicroscopy.
  • Knowledge of the science of DNA, to include extraction, quantification, replication and amplification, population genetics and statistics, and legal applications
Additional Required Qualifications for the levels listed below:
  • Forensic Scientist 1: No technical experience in a forensic laboratory is required.
  • Forensic Scientist 2: One year of technical experience in a forensic laboratory performing analysis of physical evidence, which includes testifying as an expert witness in courts of law.
  • Forensic Scientist 3: Three years of technical experience in a forensic laboratory performing analysis of physical evidence, which includes testifying as an expert witness in courts of law.

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Posted: May 5, 2021

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