Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist I

Sedgwick County, Wichita, Kansas

Salary: $50,610.04 annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Performs various analytical tests within the Drug Identification Section related to criminal investigations. Examinations conducted include testing of unknown plant material, pills, powders, liquids, etc., for the presence or absence of controlled substances, and the use of laboratory techniques and instrumentation involved for analysis. Interprets complex data, formulates conclusions, and prepares results of findings to provide an expert opinion in criminal justice proceedings. Adheres to quality control procedures, performs quality assurance verifications, assists with the maintenance and calibrations of laboratory instrumentation, and participates in research and validations as necessary.

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DID Casework
  • Documents, analyzes, and preserves physical evidence according to laboratory procedures, to ensure chain of custody is maintained.
  • Examine, sample and analyze evidence/samples according to established laboratory protocols.
  • Prepare detailed notes.
  • Interpret data and prepare written laboratory reports that accurately reflect findings and conclusions.
  • Perform technical and administrative reviews of case files.
  • Confer with law enforcement and/or attorneys pertaining to test results.
  • Testify as an expert witness in a court of law.
Quality Assurance
  • Follows quality control procedures and ensures all work performed is in accordance with current standard operating procedure and accreditation standards.
  • Participates in proficiency test program.
  • Prepare reagents, standards and/or controls, and verifies/documents acceptable performance correctly.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment per accepted procedures.
  • Perform validations/crossover studies as required.
  • Continue to increase level of expertise by attending available training opportunities (professional meetings, current literature, and/or continuing education).
  • Provide technical training to staff and new scientists.
  • Provide training on the functions of the laboratory to other agencies.
  • Provide training to members of the criminal justice community and general interest groups.

 Earn a Degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Science, Computer Forensics or Forensic Psychology


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, forensic science, or a related field.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, forensic science, or a related field

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Posted: May 24, 2023

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