Forensic Scientist/DNA Casework-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 perform independent analysis of complex DNA casework for criminal justice agencies, interpreting analytical results, preparing written opinion reports and testifying as an expert witness in courts of law.

Duties include:

  • Perform laboratory analysis of physical evidence in complex DNA casework using accepted scientific methods.
  • Document and protect evidence according to current laboratory procedures.
  • Examine and analyze evidence for the presence of biological material in criminal cases.
  • 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, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, medical technology, analytical chemistry, clinical chemistry, nuclear chemistry, or toxicology.
Chemistry coursework (20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours).
Coursework in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology (9 semester hours or 14 quarters hours combined).

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