Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 1, 2, or 3 - DNA Casework

Washington State Patrol, Seattle, Washington

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

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: $5,913 - $7,761 per month
  • Forensic Scientist 2: $4,627 - $6,063 per month
  • Forensic Scientist 1: $3,987 - $5,229 per month

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Primary Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Perform laboratory analysis of physical evidence in complex DNA casework using accepted scientific methods.
  • Document and protect evidence according to current laboratory procedures.
  • Examine and analyze evidence for the presence of biological material in criminal cases.
  • Write reports based on the interpretation of observations and analytical test results.
  • Participate in quality assurance processes.
  • Testify as an expert witness in a court of law.


Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in forensic science, natural science, or closely related field.
    • Examples of related fields are including but not limited to: 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 have the ability and willingness to travel to testify in court, attend meetings, and necessary trainings.
  • Must be willing to provide an oral DNA sample to be used in the CODIS Elimination Profile Index.
To be considered at the Forensic Scientist 2 or 3 level, you are also required to have:
  • 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.
Our ideal candidate also has:
  • 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.
  • Ability to solve problems by adapting scientific approach and methods in complex cases where routine analysis fails to provide sufficient data to draw conclusions, while remaining within the boundaries of accepted forensic practice outlined in the technical procedure manual and the CLD Quality Operations Manual.
  • Familiarity with ISO 17025 and Supplemental accreditation requirements.
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety rules, regulations, and proper evidence handling and technical procedures.

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Posted: July 19, 2021

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