Employment Opportunity

Forensic Biology (DNA) Supervisor

San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco, California

Salary: $130,130.00 - $158,158.00 per year

Final Filing Date: October 6, 2017

Under the general direction of the Criminalistics Laboratory Manager, the Criminalist III supervises the day-to-day activities of the Forensic Biology (DNA) Unit of the San Francisco Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory. The San Francisco Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory is divided into three areas: General Criminalistics (chemical analysis; including forensic breath alcohol program), Firearms / Impression Evidence and Trace Evidence, and Forensic Biology (DNA).

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  • Reviews requests for laboratory services as to the merit, urgency, and scope of the request.
  • Develops, updates and implements written procedures to ensure compliance with ASCLD/LAB accreditation and federally mandated DNA Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic Testing Laboratories.
  • Provides technical assistance to staff in the examination and evaluation of physical evidence.
  • Coaches, reviews, and corrects the work of subordinate staff; measures the performance of subordinate staff and recommend disciplinary action when appropriate.
  • Conducts administrative and technical reviews of case files and reports.
  • Oversees safety programs.
  • Ensures current test methodologies satisfy court requirements for validity and admissibility as evidence
  • Administering proficiency testing (internal and external), reviewing results and recommending remedial action as necessary.
  • Prepares written budget requests; manages state and/or federal grant programs.
  • Prepares the DNA Unit for yearly audits.
  • Performs the more complex identification, analyses and interpretation of physical evidence, including biological material such as blood, semen, and saliva.
  • Presents court testimony as an expert witness concerning conclusions drawn from laboratory examinations and analyses.
  • Related duties as assigned.


  • A graduate degree from an accredited college or university in biology, chemistry, or forensic science related area. Course work must include a minimum of 12 semester/credit hours or its equivalent including undergraduate and graduate course work covering the subject areas of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and statistics or population genetics;
  • AND
  • Three (3) years of forensic DNA experience as a qualified analyst on forensic DNA/biological samples (equivalent to the City's 8260 Criminalist II).

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Posted: September 28, 2017

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