Forensic Technician

Michigan State Police, Northville, MI, US


Participates in a variety of analytical laboratory support activities. Entry of case information into the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS); receipt and return of evidence; preparation of DNA extracts for return to the investigating agency; preparation of standards and reagents to include the quality control check of critical reagents; track inventory and order laboratory supplies; routine maintenance of laboratory equipment including daily to annual performance checks of critical equipment. May assist with the validation of new equipment and chemistries. Will perform analytical tasks under the direction and supervision of an analyst. Respond to and assist with crime scenes.

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Education: Possession of an associate's degree in forensic science, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, or a related pure or applied science.

Experience Forensic Technician 8:  No specific type or amount is required.

Experience Forensic Technician 9: One year of experience equivalent to a Forensic Technician 8.

Experience Forensic Technician E10: Two years of experience equivalent to a Forensic Technician, including one year equivalent to a Forensic Technician 9.

Alternate Education and Experience: Possession of a bachelor's degree or higher with 16 semester (24 term) credits in job specific or related course work may be substituted for the education and experience requirements.

Additional Requirements and Information" This position requires passing a pre-employment screening, including passing a drug screen, criminal history background check and a fingerprint check by the Michigan State Police.

Some positions within this class series are assigned job duties that may require possession of a current, valid driver's license to operate a designated state vehicle.


$38,854.40 - $63,502.40 Annually

Leave Time: Full-time employees receive between 15 and 35 vacation days per year. Employees also receive 13 sick days per year and 8 hours of leave to participate in certain school functions or community activities. Employees may also qualify for up to 12 weeks of paid or unpaid leave for certain family or medical situations.

Holidays: State employees receive 13 scheduled holidays each year, including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day, just to name a few. State employees also receive Election Day off every other year.

Alternative Work Schedules: Flexible work schedules and telecommuting options are available in many jobs.

Insurance and Other Benefits: Eligible employees can choose from a variety of health insurance plans, including a PPO, HMOs, and a High Deductible Health Plan with HSA. Other coverage includes vision, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, as well as tax-deferred Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) for health, prescription, dental and vision eligible expenses, dependent care expenses, and Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefits (QTFB). Employees also have the option to purchase additional life, accidental death, and long-term care insurance, auto/home insurance, identify theft protection, and legal services. For additional information, visit

Paid Parental Leave: Provides eligible individuals up to 12 weeks of paid leave immediately following birth or adoption of a child.

Deferred Compensation: Employees may invest income in a tax-deferred retirement investment program. The state offers two optional deferred compensation plans, the 457 and 401(k). Employees decide the amount deducted from their paychecks.

Retirement: Employees receive a minimum 4% state contribution toward their retirement fund. If an employee elects to contribute more, the state will match up to 3%. The Office of Retirement Services administers two different retirement plans for State of Michigan employees: Defined Benefit (DB) and Defined Contribution (DC). New hires can also receive up to a 2% employer match into a Personal Healthcare Fund and a lump-sum credit to a tax-deferred account if eligible. More information is available at the Office of Retirement Services.

How to apply

Please attach a cover letter, resume and a copy of your official college transcripts to your application. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. Please upload each document separately.

Note: Applicants will be screened out for failure to attach the required resume and cover letter to their application.