Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist II (Forensic Biology/DNA)

Denver Police Department Crime Laboratory, Denver, Colorado

Salary: $63,368.00 - $101,389.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: October 16, 2017

This position performs forensic casework on evidentiary materials, including the evaluation and testing of evidence, DNA analysis, interpretation of analytical results, preparation of case reports, and expert witness testimony in courts of law. This individual will serve as a peer reviewer for forensic biology/DNA casework, as well as actively participate in the laboratory's ISO/IEC 17025 quality assurance/quality control program.

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  • Conducts independent chemical and biochemical analyses of evidence to identify and confirm biological materials and interpret results for use in criminal investigations.
  • Maintains chain-of-custody for evidence by recording descriptions of evidence, laboratory identification numbers, dates, times, tests performed, techniques used, and other pertinent information.
  • Prepares a detailed, technical report for each case which records findings and interpretation of results. Consults with colleagues, investigators, and attorneys about findings and interpretation of results.
  • Prepares court testimony that links findings with conclusions to withstand scrutiny by adversarial experts, assists with the establishment the scientific soundness of analytical methods, and communicates cases effectively to jurors.
  • Trains law enforcement personnel, subordinates, colleagues, medical personnel, and interns in the collection, handling, and examination of evidence, the theory of laboratory instrumentation, techniques to link evidence with other findings, and in the principles of effective courtroom presentation.
  • Operates and performs preventive maintenance and minor repairs on state-of-the-art laboratory and analytical instruments and equipment.
  • Performs independent research to develop and implement new techniques and recommends acquisition of state-of-the-art instrumentation.
  • By position, visits crime scenes as needed to independently identify, collect, and preserve physical evidence.
  • By position, develops or modifies work plans, methods, and procedures, determines work priorities, and plans work schedule to meet testing deadlines.
  • Provides work instruction and assists employees with difficult and/or unusual assignments.
  • Resolves problems encountered during daily operations and determines appropriate solutions.
  • Responds orally to informal grievances and relays information to the supervisor.


The ideal candidate will have:
  • Three years of experience as a reporting casework DNA analyst.
We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:
  • Baccalaureate Degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Physics, or a directly related natural science, And
  • Three years of professional criminalist and forensic analysis experience in toxicology, forensic biology/DNA, drug chemistry, trace-evidence, or other forensic discipline including a demonstrated competence in using job specific analytical instrumentation.
Education/Experience Equivalency:
  • A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements.
Licensure and/or Certification:
  • By position, possession of a valid driver's license at the time of application. Possession of a valid Colorado Class "R" driver's license prior to the end of probation.
Condition of Employment:
  • It is a condition of employment that the Denver Police Forensics & Evidence Division form for consent for collection of a DNA sample be completed at the time of hire.

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Posted: September 20, 2017

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