State of Arizona :


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Job Reference ID:  56992 
Category:  SCIENTIFIC 
Posted Date:  06/29/2020 
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Job Description




The Department of Public Safety’s mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the state of Arizona and its citizens.
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This recruitment will be used to establish an 18-month eligibility list to fill current and future vacancies in the Phoenix or Tucson areas for Forensic Scientists specializing in the DNA discipline.

Utilizes chemical, microscopic, chromatographic, and comparative techniques and instrumentation to examine, identify and evaluate physical evidence which may include controlled dangerous substances, blood, urine, and other biological specimens, firearms, questioned documents, latent prints, trace evidence, and other items of evidentiary value. Prepares technical reports; provides expert testimony in court; provides technical advice and guidance to and trains other forensic scientists; recommends revisions to analytical methodology and purchase of scientific equipment; serves as an experienced casework analyst working complex cases within the discipline and performs related tasks as required. Supervision is received from a Supervising Forensic Scientist. This may be a competitive OR a progressive classification.

If you have a disability which may require a reasonable accommodation, please notify Human Resources in writing prior to the test date.


A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course of study in biology, chemistry or closely related physical or natural sciences with either a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours in chemistry or a minimum of twenty (20) semester hours of chemistry with completed coursework in molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry; a minimum of ten (10) years of experience as a forensic scientist in a recognized crime laboratory; demonstrated competency in at least one forensic discipline with at least three (3) years of experience within the discipline; and court or professional presentation experience applicable to forensics.

Additional forensic scientist experience, beyond the required ten (10) years, may substitute for semester hours of chemistry (one (1) year additional forensic scientist experience equals ten (10) semester hours).

WORKING CONDITIONS:  May be exposed to fumes or dust, bodily fluids, toxic or caustic chemicals or materials that transmit infectious disease (e.g., AIDS, Hepatitis B), are corrosive, carcinogenic, or explosive. May be required to move items up to twenty (20) pounds. Must be able to respond to crime scenes and court appearances as needed.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must provide a DNA sample for the staff database.

Must successfully complete the examination process.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt


The Arizona Department of Public Safety is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to benefit-eligible employees in cooperation with the State of Arizona.

•           Accrued vacation pay and sick days

•           10 paid holidays per year

•           Deferred compensation plan

•           Top-ranked retirement plans

•           Affordable medical, dental, vision, life, and short & long-term disability insurance plans

•           Employee Assistance, Peer and Family Support Programs

•           Bus Cards (Subsidized partially by the State)


Applicants must complete an examination process.  A polygraph and background investigation are required for successful applicants.  All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program.

In order to apply, you must go to the DPS website.  Click here and follow the instructions to submit your on-line application.

DPS supports a drug-free work environment through pre-employment drug testing.

An Equal Opportunity Agency.

















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