Employment Opportunity

DNA Analyst

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Salary: $61,543.04 - $88,593.44 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 23, 2018

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office's (HCSO) is seeking a DNA Analyst to work in the Crime Laboratory Unit located at the Forensic Science Building in downtown Minneapolis. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Crime Laboratory is an accredited crime laboratory that provides forensic services to 35 law enforcement agencies, the Minnesota State Patrol, and multiple federal law enforcement agencies.

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  • Perform forensic DNA analysis on biological evidence using current validated methodologies.
  • Perform technical reviews of biology section casework to ensure both procedural and substantive compliance with applicable standards.
  • Research, recommend and validate new techniques, procedures, methods, and equipment used in the biology section of the laboratory.
  • Ensure that evidence integrity and proper chain of custody protocols are followed.
  • Assist with training new laboratory employees and law enforcement personnel.
  • Maintain communication with other members of the criminal justice community regarding case status.
  • Perform quality control procedures.
  • Prepare written reports and other documents, and prepare evidence for court presentations.
  • Represent the laboratory at professional conferences, meetings, training sessions, and public events.
  • Testify in court regarding test methods, test results, and laboratory operations.


Best Qualified Candidates will be at least 18 years of age and have:
  • One of the following:
    • Bachelor's degree or higher in a biological science; (molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, microbiology), forensic science, biochemistry or a closely related field.
    • Five years or more of experience performing DNA analysis in an accredited forensic laboratory environment.
  • Knowledge of forensic laboratory policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Experience:
    • Examining physical evidence using analytical instruments and forensic science techniques.
    • Presenting technical information and opinions to non-technical audiences in a clear, concise, and understandable manner.
  • Ability to:
    • Apply scientific principles to the examination and testing of physical evidence.
    • Organize, assemble and write detailed technical reports and other documents in an organized and grammatically correct fashion.
    • Present expert testimony in criminal court proceedings regarding the forensic examination and analysis of biological evidence.
    • Abide by the Sheriff's Office Personal Appearance Standards Policy. To view the policy, use the link: Sheriff's Office Personal Appearance Standards Policy. You must read the entire policy and be able and willing to meet the requirements.

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Posted: May 14, 2018

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