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Recruitment #23-000254-0001


It is important that all experience be fully documented.  Failure to LIST ALL EXPERIENCE AND ANSWER ALL SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS SPECIFICALLY AND ACURATELY may cause the applicant to be rejected




Maryland State Police
Forensic Sciences Division
221 Milford Mill Road
Pikesville, MD 21208

Main Purpose of Job

Trace Evidence Section - The main purpose of the job is to analyze and identify trace evidence and other types of physical evidence such as Physical fit, Fire Debris, General Chemical Unknowns and Paint cases that may be submitted to the laboratory in criminal cases using approved procedures and instruments. The preparation of formal reports and testimony as to the results listed therein, as a qualified Forensic Expert in a court of law.


1.  To analyze evidence in casework in the areas that the analyst is already competent.  In addition, the analyst will conduct technical and administrative reviews of other analysts' casework.  Prepare clear, technically sound, accurate and informative reports on the analysis with conclusions to assist in the preparation of criminal cases.

2.  To gain competency in other sub-disciplines of trace evidence where the analyst is not competent

3.  Perform validation of new instrumentation and methodology

4.  Conducts pre-trial conferences, provides testimony in court as an Expert Witness as to testing procedures utilized, chain of custody and forensic observations noted in the analysis of the case.

4.  Train lesser skilled employees, student interns, to analyze and testify on trace cases.

5.  Must take and pass periodic proficiency tests in all the sub-disciplines of Trace Analysis where applicable.


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, genetics, medical technology, pharmaceutical science, or related physical, natural or forensic science from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Three years of experience in comparative analysis or scientific evaluation of evidence including experience in providing testimony as an expert witness in moot or criminal court.


1. Candidates may substitute additional experience performing comparative analysis or scientific evaluation of evidence to include experience in providing expert testimony, on a year-for-year basis for the required education and up to two years of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute additional experience at another accredited crime laboratory performing equivalent work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree in the above physical, natural or forensic sciences from an accredited college or university for one year of the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Doctorate degree in the above physical, natural or forensic sciences from an accredited college or university may be substituted for two years of the required experience.


Two years of experience in comparative analysis or scientific evaluation of evidence in Forensic Document Examination and/or Forensic Trace Analysis to include experience in providing testimony as an expert witness in moot or criminal court.


1.  Competency and casework experience in both Forensic Document Examination AND Forensic Trace Analysis

2.  Participation in at least one external assessment as an ISO 17025 assessor for an accrediting body that is an ILAC signatory

3.  Experience in use and maintenance of the following instrumentation:  Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)

4.  Experience providing training in the areas of Forensic Trace Analysis and/or Forensic Document Examination


1. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require theoperation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

2. Candidates appointed to this classification must possess the certification or license required by the governing body of the forensic discipline associated with the job duties for the specific position. Specific information concerning the requirements and procedures of the applicable governing body can be obtained from the Human Resources office of the Maryland Department of State Police, 1201 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208.


1. Employees in this classification are subject to call-in 24 hours a day and, therefore, are required to provide the agency with a telephone number where they can be reached.

2. Employees in this classification are subject to random substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulation 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.

3. In accordance with Public Safety Article, Section 2-204 (b) (6) of the Annotated Code of Maryland, candidates for positions in this classification will be subject to an initial drug screening, a physical examination, submission of a DNA sample, and a complete criminal background investigation, to include a polygraph examination before permanent appointment can be made. A criminal conviction may be grounds for rejection of the candidate.


Only candidates who meet the minimum and selective qualifications will be considered for this classification.  It is, therefore, essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Successful candidates will be placed on an Eligible List categorized as BEST QUALIFIED, BETTER QUALIFIED or QUALIFIED and remain eligible for at least one year from the date of examination.  The list will be used by the hiring manager to select the individual to fill the vacancy.


The examination will consist of rating your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position.  You may be required to complete a qualifications supplement or the rating may be based on your application.  Report all experience and education that is related to this position.  Applicants will be subject to an interview, background investigation, polygraph examination and substance abuse testing.



NOTE: Currently, applicants are limited to uploading one file. As a result, it is strongly urged that those applying upload ALL required and additional documents (undergraduate and graduate transcripts, resumes, etc.) as one file. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit an application via mail. The Maryland State Application Form can be found online.

Completed applications, required documentation and any required addendums may be mailed to:

Maryland State Police

Human Resources Division / Berlin Barrack

9758 Ocean Gateway

Berlin, MD 21811

ATTN: Robert Tanner

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.  Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

It is the policy of the Maryland State Police to comply with all applicable federal and state laws prohibiting employment discrimination and to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, gender, identity and expression, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religious affiliation, belief or opinion, sex, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country and encourage them to apply.

If you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact the Maryland State Police at 410-641-9039 X6153

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