Forensic Scientist 2
The Forensic Scientist 2 (FS2) is an experienced scientist-level position with ISP Forensic Services. An experienced scientist who meets the minimum qualifications and *qualifying work experience of the FS2 must successfully complete a qualifying examination and a six-month probationary period of 1,040 hours.
*Qualifying work experience for the Controlled Substance, Breath & Blood Alcohol Forensic Scientist 2 includes a minimum of two (2) years working independently, planning, managing, and prioritizing forensic caseloads in one or more of these disciplines; successfully engaging in independent research, evaluation, and validation activities; performing and documenting a range of examinations regarding forensic evidence; providing training and consultation services to professional criminal justice and scientific audiences; and testifying as an expert regarding forensic examinations, as applicable.
All Idaho State Police Forensic Laboratories are accredited by A2LA and to the ISO 17025 Standard. State Police Forensic Laboratories serve state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies; state and county prosecutors; and public defenders.
PLEASE NOTE: The successful applicant will be required to complete a background investigation and polygraph examination, which includes drug screening. Please review the ISP Drug Policy and ISP Grooming and Appearance Standards.
You must attach your unofficial college transcripts to this application by the closing date. Applications without the supporting transcripts will not be accepted.
Example of Duties
- Maintain established standards of laboratory cleanliness, safety, and efficiency.
- Conduct complex examinations of evidence and develop analytical findings.
- Check that the report issued for analysis they perform is accurate.
- Perform examinations and breath alcohol instrument calibrations following defined analytical methods and other quality standards.
- Document quality controls and work.
- Perform analysis in only examinations they are approved to perform.
- Technical review of casework and instrument calibration.
- Administrative review of casework and instrument calibration.
- Report deficiencies to supervisor and/or discipline lead.
- Perform technical audits.
- Perform validation studies to investigate and implement new methodologies.
- Participate in routine quality control measures, instrument maintenance and troubleshooting.
- May provide assistance at complex crime scenes and clandestine laboratories.
- Train police officers in processing and collection of evidence in chemistry, blood, or breath alcohol procedures.
- Interpret findings for prosecutors and defense attorneys, prepare attorneys for presentation of findings.
- Provide expert opinion and witness testimony regarding scientific finding.
A baccalaureate degree or advanced degree as designated by ISP Forensic Services policy for the analytical discipline and two years of *qualifying work experience as a forensic scientist supported by appropriate training.
*Qualifying work experience includes: working independently, planning, managing, and prioritizing caseloads, successfully engaging in independent research, evaluation, and validation activities; performing and documenting a range of examinations regarding forensic evidence; providing training and consultation services to professional criminal justice and scientific audiences; and testifying as an expert regarding the forensic examinations performed.
Note: Depending on the discipline, specific coursework such as general chemistry, organic chemistry, quantitative analysis/analytical chemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and/or biochemistry may also be required.
Must have college coursework that must include laboratory classes and cover general chemistry, organic chemistry, quantitative/instrumental chemistry, (coursework hours as required/stipulated by the current ISPFS Quality Manual(Download PDF reader)). Please be sure to include all course numbers and official course descriptions in your resume.
Note: The successful candidate will be required to obtain certification by the American Board of Criminalistics, or American Board of Forensic Toxicology within three (3) years of being selected for or promoted to a Forensic Scientist 2 position.
Note: ISPFS analyst and management applicant's baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree must be in a physical or biological science from an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution. Degrees for Biology/DNA applicants must be in biology, chemistry or a closely related science. Acceptable institutions are those accredited by or those which have pertinent educational programs accredited by commissions or agencies recognized by the U.S. Office of Education.
Applicants with education obtained at a foreign institution must, at their expense, have credentials evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., Milwaukee, WI; International Education Research Foundation, Inc., Los Angeles, CA; or world Education Services, Inc., New York, NY. Reports must be sent directly to ISP Human Resources by the evaluating organization.
The following are not requirements for this position. However, if you do have qualifications/experience in any of these areas include that information in your resume.
- Diplomat or Fellow with the American Board of Criminalistics
- ABFT Certification
- Member of related forensic science professional organization(s)
- Graduate degree or advanced training relating to science or forensic science
Please make sure your resume and personal information contained in your profile supports your answers to the questions.
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