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Forensic Scientist II

Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Jackson, Mississippi

Salary: $43,728.84 per year

Final Filing Date: June 14, 2021

This position is with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety in the AFIS Division.

This is professional work in the field of forensic sciences conducting independent analyses to identify and compare physical evidence, providing technical instruction on forensic related topics, presenting expert testimony in courts of law, and consulting with law enforcement officers, attorneys, pathologists, and other members of the criminal justice system. Employee carries out the requirements called for in the section's standard operating procedure manual under the direction of the appropriate section chief. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.

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Examples of work performed in this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Consults with investigating officers, district attorneys and pathologists involved in cases.
  • May examine crime scenes for evidence and collect items and materials for laboratory examination.
  • Examines unknown materials for the presence of foreign substances.
  • Makes chemical and instrumental analyses for identification and comparison of items of physical evidence.
  • Identifies unknown samples using various microscopic and analytical procedures.
  • Operates such instruments as mass selective detectors; gas and liquid chromatographs; compound light and stereoscopic microscopes; and ultraviolet and infrared spectrophotometers.
  • Prepares detailed reports for court presentations.
  • Participates in forensic training for law enforcement officers.
  • Assists in training new or less experienced analysts in the technical aspects of their position.
  • Serves as an expert witness in court.
  • Performs maintenance on analytical instruments and verifies calibration.
  • Conducts comparisons of questioned material recovered from crime scenes, victims, and suspects.
  • Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.
Essential Functions: Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring agency. The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Collects, identifies, classifies, and analyzes physical evidence related to criminal investigations.
  • Operates and maintains analytical instruments in a laboratory setting.
  • Prepares detailed reports for court presentations and consults with members of the criminal justice community.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • These minimum qualifications have been agreed upon by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in this job class and are based upon a job analysis and the essential functions. However, if a candidate believes he/she is qualified for the job although he/she does not have the minimum qualifications set forth below, he/she may request special consideration through substitution of related education and experience, demonstrating the ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Any request to substitute related education or experience for minimum qualifications must be addressed to the Mississippi State Personnel Board in writing, identifying the related education and experience which demonstrates the candidate's ability to perform all essential functions of the position.
EXPERIENCE/EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: For DPS-Forensic Scientist II positions in the disciplines of Questioned Documents, Latent Prints, Firearms, and Technical Assistance Unit, applicants must possess the following:
  • Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university;
  • AND
  • Experience: Four (4) years of experience in a laboratory environment performing related work.
Special Requirements:
  • Must be certified, or eligible for certification, to conduct independent professional case analyses by the Mississippi Crime Laboratory.
  • Must be certified, or eligible for certification, as an instructor with the Mississippi Board of Law Enforcement Officer's Standards and Training.
Required Document:
  • Applicant must attach a valid copy of his/her official transcript or other evidence to verify completion of required coursework.

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Posted: June 7, 2021

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