Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 5 - Materials Analysis

Washington State Patrol, Cheney, Washington

Salary: $6,691.00 - $8,782.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

A Forensic Scientist 5 (FS5) 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, providing training to criminal justice agencies, and supervising employees. The FS5 also ensures that all applicable quality assurance measures are employed in all aspects of the discipline on an individual, section and laboratory level. In addition, the supervising forensic scientist is responsible for the compliance to technical and quality manuals, quality assurance, court testimony monitoring, audits, and proficiency testing of the supervised unit.

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Responsibilities Include:
  • Supervising Forensic Scientists
  • Performing laboratory analysis of physical evidence in complex casework
  • Participating in Quality Assurance Practices, provide training, and actively advances expertise and knowledge
  • Testifying as an expert witness in a court of law
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 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.
  • Bachelor’s degree in natural science, forensic science, or closely related field, including 20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours of chemistry coursework, and 5 semester hours or 8 quarter hours of physics coursework.
  • Forensic work experience which includes at least two years as a Forensic Scientist 3 in the WSP, or five years of forensic analysis experience including testifying as an expert witness in courts of law.
  • NOTE: Equivalent education/experience at or above the minimum required as a Forensic Scientist 5 may substitute for the coursework requirement, on a case by case basis.
Special Requirements:
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver’s license
  • Must be willing to travel in order to testify in court or attend meetings and training
  • Must provide an oral DNA sample to be used in the CODIS Elimination Profile Index

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How to apply: Apply online

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Posted: February 11, 2022

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