Forensic Scientist

What is a State Police Forensic Scientist?

The Forensic Scientist is a fundamental part of the law enforcement team. An MSP forensic scientist performs a variety of tests; identification and classification of mechanical devices; analyses of chemical, biochemical, biological, liquids and physical substances for criminal prosecutions submitted by law enforcement. Forensic Scientists respond to crime scene investigations and collect physical evidence for laboratory processing. Trained scientists write detailed reports and testify in court to their results.

Minimum Requirements

Education level typically requires a bachelor’s degree in forensic science, natural science or a related science.

Salary and Benefits

  • Starting salary for a Forensic Scientist is approximately $37,700. The maximum salary for a Forensic Scientist position is approximately $64,900 after six years.
  • Michigan State Police employees receive health, dental, vision and life insurance packages.  They participate in the State of Michigan’s Defined Contribution Retirement Program; additional options for retirement investment are available through the state’s 401k or 457 deferred compensation programs. Visit the Michigan Civil Service Commission web site for more information
  • Employees earn 13 vacation days in the first calendar year, accrued four hours every two weeks. Additional vacation time is accrued based on years of service.
  • Employees earn 13 paid sick days in a calendar year, accrued four hours every two weeks.
  • Employees receive 12 paid holidays per year.

Selection Process

  • Candidates will be invited to participate in a hiring interview designed to assess specific competencies necessary to perform the duties of a forensic scientist. The Hiring Interview will be based on the Michigan Department of Civil Service validated job assessment for the position.
  • Selected candidates will be given a Conditional Offer of Employment, pending the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screening test. 

How to Apply

Vacancies are posted at www.michigan.gov/mdcs under state jobs, view current openings. Scroll down to view current vacancies. Click on the position you are interested in and view the job description.  Click on apply and follow the instructions. It requires you to create an account, if you do not have one.