Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist I

Denver Police Department, Denver, Colorado

Salary: $57,860.00 - $95,469.00 per year

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

The Denver Police Department Crime Laboratory is seeking applicants for a Forensic Scientist I position in the Forensic Biology/DNA Unit. This is a limited position with an expected end date of December 31, 2023.

This position performs forensic casework on evidentiary materials, including the evaluation and examination of physical evidence to include analysis of biological stains, development of forensic DNA profiles, preparation of case reports and files, and expert witness testimony in courts of law. This position performs intermediate level professional forensic work while receiving on-the-job training in the methods, practices, procedures, and equipment of forensic science by applying physical sciences to the investigation of crimes and conducting scientific laboratory analyses on physical evidence.

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Job Responsibilities include:
  • Receives comprehensive instruction in the scientific analysis of physical evidence, develops competencies in forensic science including the laboratory techniques, methods, practices, and equipment, and is assigned less complex casework.
  • Conducts supervised chemical and biochemical analyzes of evidence to identify and confirm compositions and interpret results for use in felony investigations.
  • Maintains chain-of-custody for evidence by recording description of evidence, laboratory identification numbers, dates, times, tests performed, techniques used, and other pertinent information.
  • Prepares technical reports, maintains written and computer records of all tests, and consults with supervisors, investigators, and/or attorneys about findings and interpretation of results.
  • Assists in the preparation of court testimony that links findings with conclusions and the establishment of the scientific soundness of analytical methods.
  • Operates and performs preventive maintenance/minor repairs on state-of-the-art laboratory and analytical instrumentation and equipment.
  • By position, visits crime scenes to assist with the identification, collection, and preservation of physical evidence.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Any one position may not include all of the duties listed. However, the allocation of positions will be determined by the amount of time spent in performing the essential duties listed above.
The ideal candidate will have:
  • Four-year science degree with coursework in forensic science
  • One-year experience in evidence examination or collection in a law enforcement setting
  • Equivalence please describe in detail your experience or education


Minimum qualifications:
  • Education requirement: Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Physics, or a directly related natural science.
  • Experience Requirement: One (1) year bench experience working in a laboratory.
  • Education/Experience Equivalency: One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education.
  • Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements.
  • It is a condition of employment that the Denver Police Forensics & Evidence Division form for consent for collection of a DNA sample be completed at the time of hire.

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Posted: February 11, 2022

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