Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 4, Questioned Documents

Washington State Patrol, Cheney, Washington

Salary: $4,627.00 - $8,156.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

In support of this mission, this position serves as a Forensic Scientist Technical Lead and is responsible for performing a variety of complex forensic analyses in criminal casework in the Questioned Documents (QD) discipline of forensic science. Equally important is the Forensic Scientist Technical Lead's role in ensuring all applicable quality assurance measures are employed on an individual, section, and laboratory level.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Essential Functions:
  • Perform laboratory analysis of physical evidence in complex QD casework using accepted scientific methods;
  • Participate in Quality Assurance practices;
  • Follow the mandated criteria established by the national accreditation board for forensics (ASCLD/LAB);
  • Provide technical review for QD casework;
  • Participate in the proficiency testing program by successfully completing all assigned proficiencies and competencies;
  • Participate in assessment preparation and the internal audit program;
  • Testify in a court of law presenting findings to a jury in a manner that will be readily understood.


Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in a natural science, forensic science, or closely related field. Chemistry coursework (20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours) desired. Physics coursework (5 semester hours or 8 quarter hours) desired. Equivalent education/experience at or above a Forensic Scientist level may substitute, year for year, for education
  • AND
  • Forensic Scientist 4: Five years of technical experience in a forensic laboratory performing analysis of physical evidence, which includes testifying as an expert witness in courts of law.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of basic chemistry concepts to include: handling and storage of hazardous chemicals and preparation of chemical reagents.
  • Knowledge of analytical instrument software and data interpretation.
  • Knowledge of the science of controlled substance, trace evidence, crime scene, latent fingerprints, questioned documents, firearms and tool marks, and DNA.
  • Knowledge of proper evidence handling procedures.
  • Forms opinions and prepares clear, concise written reports based on test results, observations, and knowledge in the subject area.
  • Ability to work in a laboratory environment around hazardous chemicals, drugs, bio-hazardous materials, and other potentially hazardous materials.
  • Familiarity with ISO 17025 and Supplemental certification requirements.

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Posted: February 11, 2022

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