Forensic Scientist 3/Firearms & Toolmarks Analyst-Washington State

Washington State Police has jobs available again! Both DNA and firearms are hiring. DNA positions available are primarily in Seattle and Vancouver, and firearms positions available are primarily in Tacoma and Cheney. Applications are due 05/29/17. Initial interviews have been usually done over the phone or by video chat, so candidates would only need to fly out for the polygraph. New graduates are encouraged to apply.

These positions provide expert forensic examination of firearm and tool mark evidence involved in crime.  The incumbents will perform independent scientific analysis of complex firearm and tool mark comparisons for criminal justice agencies, interpreting analytical results, preparing written opinion reports and testifying as an expert witness in courts of law.

Duties include:

  • Using accepted scientific methods and practices, perform laboratory analysis of physical evidence related to complex firearm and tool mark casework, serial number restoration, firing distance determination, and evidence interpretation including trajectory analysis.
  • Document and protect evidence according to current laboratory procedures.
  • Handling of firearms, microscopic comparison and empirical testing.
  • Write reports based on the interpretation of observations and analytical test results.
  • Participate in quality assurance processes.
  • Testify as an expert witness in a court of law.
Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree in forensic science, natural science, or closely related field.   Examples of related fields, include but not limited to:  genetics, cellular or molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, medical technology, analytical chemistry, clinical chemistry, nuclear chemistry, or toxicology.
Chemistry coursework (20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours).

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