Employment Opportunity

Forensic Technician

Michigan State Police, Northville, Michigan

Salary: $35,900.80 - $58,718.40 Annually

Final Filing Date: June 9, 2021

This position performs forensic technician duties and is responsible for providing casework support, maintenance of equipment and supplies, evidence handling, and management of stored evidence. Responds to and assists with crime scenes.

Forensic Technician 8
  • This is the entry level. The employee works in a learning capacity while performing a range of forensic technician assignments under close supervision.
Forensic Technician 9
  • This is the intermediate level. The employee works in a developing capacity with increased responsibility for performing a range of forensic technician assignments.
Forensic Technician E10
  • This is the experienced level. The employee performs a full range of forensic technician assignments and uses considerable judgment in making decisions requiring the interpretation and application of guidelines with considerable latitude to specific work situations.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Performs biological, hematological, chemical, or physical analysis and determinations at the direction of professional staff.
  • Performs physical, bacteriological, chemical, or serological tests on a variety of samples including blood, sputum, urine, milk, water, food products, contaminants, industrial and municipal wastes, soils, and construction materials at the direction of professional staff.
  • Operates, adjusts, and maintains scientific instruments, including, but not limited to pH meters, infrared spectrophotometers, chromatography apparatuses, analytical balances, gas chromatograph/mass spectrometers, and genetic analyzers.
  • Prepares chemical reagents and biological media according to formulae; assumes responsibility for accuracy in the preparation and standardization of solutions; monitors expiration of reagents.
  • Follows required aseptic techniques in dispensing base media.
  • Logs samples and related pertinent information, and has responsibility for containers and specimens that may be involved in court action.
  • Receives handles and returns evidence to the appropriate agency relating to criminal matters.
  • Prepares exhibits and makes microscopic observations.
  • Prepares and analyzes blood specimens for foreign substances.
  • Prepares and packages biohazard wastes and materials generated in the laboratory for external disposal.
  • Performs biochemical tests and analyses using electrophoresis or chromatography.
  • Analyzes biochemical and other data under the direction of professional staff and prepares reports.
  • Stays informed of, and strictly adheres to, new techniques, policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Monitors and maintains inventory of supplies and stocks on hand for laboratory use.
  • Maintains technical records and prepares reports.
  • Participates in appropriate training programs, conferences and seminars to enhance proficiency and knowledge.
  • Completes proficiency tests independently as assigned.
  • Enters appropriate data and information into, reviews results or information as necessary from any specialized or automated forensic databases including, but not limited to, the Integrated Ballistics
  • Identification System (IBIS), the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
  • Assists other labs that do not have a Forensic Technician in a particular discipline. This may include long distance travel.
  • Provides training to other Forensic Technicians as well as to city, county, and state agencies.
  • May be required to testify in a court of law.
  • Performs related work as assigned.


  • Possession of an associate's degree in forensic science, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, or a related pure or applied science.
  • Forensic Technician 8: No specific type or amount is required.
  • Forensic Technician 9: One year of experience equivalent to a Forensic Technician 8.
  • Forensic Technician E10: Two years of experience equivalent to a Forensic Technician, including one year equivalent to a Forensic Technician 9.
  • Alternate Education and Experience - Forensic Technician E10: Possession of a bachelor's degree or higher with 16 semester (24 term) credits in job specific or related course work may be substituted for the education and experience requirements.
Additional Requirements and Information
  • This position requires passing a pre-employment screening, including passing a drug screen, criminal history background check and a fingerprint check by the Michigan State Police.

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Posted: June 4, 2021

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