Employment Opportunity


Forensic Scientist Biology/DNA Series

Albuquerque Police Department, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Duties:

Identify, examine, analyze, evaluate and interpret evidence in the investigation of crimes; use forensic science in the analysis of evidence in order to reach scientific conclusions in the area of Biology/DNA; effectively communicate results and findings, verbally and in writing, to the appropriate parties.

Requirements:

  • Forensic Scientist Biology/DNA SCT – Trainee: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology or related field to include nine (9) credit hours in genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology (i.e. molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology).
  • Forensic Scientist Biology/DNA I SCI – Entry Level: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology or related field to include nine (9) credit hours in genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology (i.e. molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology), plus one (1) year forensic experience in the field of Biology/DNA Analysis.
  • Forensic Scientist Biology/DNA II SC2 – Journeyman Level: Master's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology or related field to include nine (9) credit hours in genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology (i.e. molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology), plus three (3) years forensic experience in the field of Biology/DNA Analysis; or Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology or related field to include nine (9) credit hours in genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology (i.e. molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology), plus four (4) years forensic experience and forensic certification, in the field of Biology/DNA Analysis; or Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology or related field to include nine (9) credit hours in genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology (i.e. molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology), plus five (5) years forensic experience in the field of Biology/DNA Analysis.
  • Forensic Scientist Biology/DNA III SC3 - Advanced Level: Master's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology or related field to include nine (9) credit hours in genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology (i.e. molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology), plus eight (8) years forensic experience and forensic certification, in the field of Biology/DNA Analysis; or Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology or related field to include nine (9) credit hours in genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology (i.e. molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology), plus ten (10) years forensic experience and forensic certification, in the field of Biology/DNA Analysis.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Possession of a valid Driver's License or the ability to obtain by date of hire
  • Possession of a City Operator's Permit (COP) within 6 months from date of hire

Coursework and/or training in statistics or population genetics as it applies to forensic casework or CODIS eligible DNA analysis is preferred

Preferred Knowledge
  • All areas of examinations conducted by a Biology/DNA unit
  • Theories and techniques of Biology/DNA examinations and related duties
  • Advanced molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, and statistics principles
  • Stereo and comparison microscopes, assorted accessories and equipment used in the Laboratory
  • Understand, in detail, the principles and use of current DNA analysis as applied to forensic science
  • Use of Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)
  • Operations, services, procedures and activities of a forensic laboratory
  • Crime scene investigations
  • Methods and techniques of forensic evidence collection and evaluation
  • Operation of forensic instruments, equipment and tools
  • Operation of basic power and hand tools
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local codes, laws and regulations
  • Computers and various programs and data bases
  • Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM)
  • Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators (AFDAA)
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
  • American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors - Laboratory accreditation Board, and other applicable quality assurance standards
Preferred Skills & Abilities
  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Recognize anomalies, formulate hypotheses and take appropriate action
  • Perform forensic evidence collection, identification and analysis
  • Operate a variety of forensic laboratory equipment and instruments in a safe and effective manner
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision
  • Prepare complex technical written and verbal reports
  • Follow verbal and written instructions
  • Establish and maintain effective professional working relationships
  • Identify similarities and differences between shades, colors, shapes, sounds, forms, textures or physical appearance associated with job related objects, materials and tasks
  • Interpret a variety of technical instructions
  • Plan, organize and coordinate work assignments
  • Communicate clearly and concisely
  • Perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation

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Posted: November 8, 2018



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