Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 1, 2, or 3 - DNA Casework

Washington State Patrol, Tacoma, Seattle, Marysville, Vancouver, and Spokane, Washington

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

Final Filing Date: Continuous. The first review of applications will be November 1, 2021

This recruitment will be used to fill anticipated vacancies in Tacoma, Seattle, Marysville, Vancouver, and Spokane.

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

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.

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Primary Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Perform laboratory analysis of physical evidence in complex DNA casework using accepted scientific methods.
  • 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.
  • Candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of application.
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 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, 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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How to apply: Apply online

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Posted: October 21, 2021

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