Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist V

Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory, Maynard, Massachusetts

Salary: $81,374.54 - $120,305.38 Yearly

Final Filing Date: First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply by March 8, 2022

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  • Methods incorporate the principles of quality assurance embodied in the Massachusetts State Police Crime
  • Laboratory (MSPCL) policies and procedures and in compliance with the requirements of the ANAB.
  • In addition to the functions performed by the Forensic Scientist Level I, II, III, IV incumbents apply the knowledge skills and abilities acquired at the entry level to perform the following:
    • Participate in the trial implementation phase of research and development activities to determine the feasibility of adopting new laboratory techniques, methods and procedures. Perform special laboratory studies such as process flow evaluations, root cause analyses and other diagnosis endeavors relative to supporting laboratory management and supervision efforts.
    • Devise protocols, processes and procedures relative to forensic science innovations that are under consideration for implementation by management. Function as the technical leader and/or supervisor of laboratory units and sections and collaborate with laboratory management on quality assurance and accreditation oversight. Determine through validation studies if a new instrument or technique is valid for use in casework. Determine the best procedures for new instruments and equipment. Decide the best methods for performing analysis on emergent criminal activity using available instruments and equipment. Determine how to implement recommendations or findings that result from an experimental or pilot project within the laboratory. Determine if a laboratory work group, unit or section is performing effectively and in keeping with the goals and objectives of the laboratory, as mandated through the quality assurance program.


  • 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 six years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience as a bench chemist or forensic scientist in a crime laboratory or comparable setting, of which (B) at least four years must have been in a supervisory or managerial capacity and (C) 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 (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
  • A Masters 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 23, 2022

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