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A forensic scientist tests physical evidence retrieved from a crime scene to determine characteristics and gain information. They use various techniques, including microscopic study and forensic toxicology, to evaluate trace evidence. Forensic scientists support crime scene investigations and work closely with law enforcement and crime scene investigators.

The job overview

We are seeking a forensic scientist to work within our growing organization. You will collaborate with scientists and investigators to analyze physical evidence using multiple techniques. You will need to work efficiently, communicate well with teams, follow strict procedures, and create comprehensive and detailed reports on the evidence in your possession. 


Forensic scientists with our organization assume multiple responsibilities: 

  • Rigorously follow all departmental procedures
  • Perform routine laboratory equipment maintenance
  • Perform and document daily temperature checks of temperature-dependent forensic laboratory equipment
  • Complete required day-to-day control documentation
  • Process all evidence in a timely manner, adhering to deadlines
  • Use multiple testing techniques, including microscopic study, ballistics, and analysis of bodily fluids
  • Write detailed reports about testing findings
  • Collaborate with coworkers and team members, including forensic science technicians, police officers, biologists, and police departments

Job qualifications and skill sets

Our ideal candidate will have the following skills and qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in chemistry, forensic science, the natural sciences, biochemistry, or a related field
  • Minimum three years of experience performing similar work in a laboratory setting
  • Experience analyzing evidence for criminal cases
  • Broad knowledge of the laboratory tests and laboratory analysis best practices
  • Experience delivering courtroom testimony as an expert witness
  • Rigorous attention to detail
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
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