Employment Opportunity

Forensic Biologist Trainee

Mississippi Department of Public Safety/Forensic Laboratory, Jackson, Mississippi

Salary: $32,151.19 per year

Final Filing Date: September 18, 2018

This is an entry level position devoted to training in the Bioscience Division. Employee carries out the requirements called for in the section's training program under supervision of the section chief. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. Training in the section typically requires eighteen (18) months.

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Essential Functions: Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring agency. The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Carries out the requirements called for in the section's training program.
Examples of Work:
  • Performing controlled practical exercises.
  • Performing required reading assignments.
  • Training in laboratory safety to include proper handling of potentially bio-hazardous materials and hazardous chemicals.
  • Training in the effective communication skills.
  • Training in the function of the crime laboratory and the overall criminal justice system.
  • Training in the correct and efficient use of analytical instrumentation.
  • Assisting in the preparations for classroom instructions.
  • Training in what constitutes physical evidence and its proper uses in criminal investigations.
  • Training in PCR/DNA laboratory design and setup.
  • Training in PCR/DNA procedures.
  • Performs data entry in the Laboratory Information Management System.
  • Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.


These minimum qualifications have been agreed upon by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in this job class and are based upon a job analysis and the essential functions. However, if a candidate believes he/she is qualified for the job although he/she does not have the minimum qualifications set forth below, he/she may request special consideration through substitution of related education and experience, demonstrating the ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Any request to substitute related education or experience for minimum qualifications must be addressed to the Mississippi State Personnel Board in writing, identifying the related education and experience which demonstrates the candidate's ability to perform all essential functions of the position.
  • Education: Applicants in the Bioscience section must have at least a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four year college or university in Biology, Chemistry, or a Forensic science related field. Applicant must have successfully completed college course work (graduate or undergraduate level) in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology (molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology), or other subjects, as determined by the agency, which provide a basic understanding of the foundation of forensic DNA analysis, as well as course work and/or training in statistics and population genetics as it applies to forensic DNA analysis. These requirements are in accordance with and may be modified as required by the DNA Advisory Board (DAB), created through Federal Legislation (DNA Identification Act of 1994).

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Posted: September 4, 2018

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