Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist III

Massachusetts State Police, Maynard, Massachusetts

Salary: $67,100.80 - $98,469.80 Yearly

Final Filing Date: This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

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  • Acts as a liaison between the Crime Laboratory and outside agencies in order to provide technical assistance to case management related inquiries relative to processing of Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits (SAECKs) and related evidence: exchange information vital to the processing of cases and resolve any issues that may occur at any stage of analysis; Receive and coordinate information relative to SAECK cases and eligibility for testing under H4013; Contact law enforcement agencies to request submission of SAECK related evidence for H4013; Responsible for obtaining all materials and documentation required prior to clearing SAECK case for assignment in Forensic Testing Sections or for sendout to external vendors; Communicates with supervisors within the Crime Lab to resolve any potential technical/administrative issues prior to clearing SAECK cases for analysis or sendout; Performs an initial review of all SAECK cases submitted for analysis through assigned region; Prioritize regionally assigned SAECK cases requiring Criminalistics examination, DNA analysis, and/or external vendor sendout based on requests from ADA’s, Investigators, and/or crime scene responders; Communicate with supervisors within the Crime Lab to ensure workflow for SAECKs is sufficient to meet 30 day mandated turn-around time; Coordinate the scheduling of outside experts with MSP analysts for observation of SAECK case work analysis in the DNA Unit. Maintain a master calendar of all scheduled experts and ensure that MSP DNA Unit protocols for the number of experts allowed in the lab and the duration they are required to be present are adhered to per MSP Crime Lab policies; In conjunction with DNA Unit supervisor(s), act as a liaison between vendor lab and Crime Lab for all SAECK related testing; Receive SAECK related reports from external testing results as a result of outsourcing, provide reports to the appropriate stakeholders, and assign to the DNA Unit for review; Track funding for outsourcing from various initiatives (SAKI grants; H4013) and based on availability of funds coordinate with MSP personnel and outside agencies to designate appropriate number and type of SAECK samples for outsourcing; Coordinate with Crime Lab Management and Unit Supervisors to determine criteria for recorded results and modify as needed. Coordinate with management, supervisors and external agencies to assign additional analysis for ongoing SAECK related cases. Develop, review, revise, and follow protocols and procedures for all CMU duties as required; Responsible for answering and responding to CMU telephone hotline, email and LIMS web module regarding SAECK case related questions; Prepare reports through the use of LIMS and other applicable software to monitor backlogs and track the progress of SAECK related cases; Respond to satellite laboratory requests for case file retrieval for SAECK related cases from central file storage. Coordinate the transport of these files to the respective requesting laboratory; Provide direct supervision to temporary employees, interns, SAKI laboratory technicians, and any other support staff assigned to case management. Train staff in applicable duties and ensure assignments are being completed in accordance with Crime Lab policies and procedures. Assign duties to staff as appropriate and ensure tasks are completed in a timely manner; Ensure subsequent paperwork received for a case is properly filed within the appropriate case file; Maintain storage of SAECK related case files during testing initiatives (SAKI, H4013); Consult with senior laboratory personnel, to include Forensic Scientists of higher level and the Forensic Services Counsel, to receive direction on how to respond to discovery requests and freedom of information act requests related to SAECK testing; Coordinate with analysts, supervisors, ADA’s and Defense attorneys as to what materials will be provided for these requests. Prepare and review discovery requests for SAECK related cases, including coordinating with appropriate analysts to obtain any technical materials (i.e. electronic data), copying appropriate protocols and case files, and sending out all appropriate materials in a timely fashion.


  • Applicants must have a Bachelors degree in the natural sciences, including Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Forensic Science, Pharmacology or Physics and (A) at least three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience as a bench chemist or forensic scientist in a crime laboratory or comparable setting and (B) full competence as a forensic analyst within an accredited laboratory in a relevant forensic science specialization, and documented experience in providing testimony as both an expert and material witness in legal proceedings, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
  • Substitutions: A Masters or higher degree in the natural sciences, including Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Forensic Science, Pharmacology or Physics may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.
  • Incumbents are required to have a current and valid motor vehicle drivers license at a class level specific to assignment.

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Posted: February 16, 2022

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