Employment Opportunity

Criminalist II - DNA

Tucson Police Department, Tucson, Arizona

Salary: $48,484.80 - $84,676.80 per year

Final Filing Date: January 16, 2019

Performs scientific analysis of physical evidence, prepares written reports, and provides expert testimony. Other duties include quality assurance and maintenance of scientific instrumentation.

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  • This is a senior position. It differs from other positions in the classification series by performing tasks at a proficient, accomplished level and handling the more difficult, complex or irregular tasks. Individuals in senior positions typically assist in setting priorities for work and are asked upon occasion to use judgment to solve unusual problems.
  • Performs scientific analysis of physical evidence with little or no supervision by using chemical, instrumental and comparative techniques, meeting American Society of Crime Lab Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board requirements, responding to crime scenes, documenting findings through extensive note taking and photographic methods, writing technical reports, and providing expert testimony.
  • Ensures quality control by assisting in the development and training of criminalists in forensic disciplines, assisting in writing and revising procedures that reflect current and accepted scientific principles and conducting laboratory work in accordance with established procedures. May be assigned as forensics technical leader, Combined DNA Index System or National Integrated Ballistic Information Network administrator. Processes evidence by logging the evidence into a computerized tracking system, and analyzing, repackaging and returning evidence to storage in a manner that maintains the integrity of the evidence and the safety of the individual with regards to blood borne pathogens and other toxins.
  • Oversees general instrument maintenance by performing troubleshooting of laboratory instruments, conducting periodic quality assurance and quality control checks including running standards and performing general maintenance in accordance with American Society of Crime Lab Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board requirements and contributing to the selection, validation and implementation of new technology.
  • Remains current in scientific advancements in the forensic field, reading technical publications, making presentations, attending training seminars and providing general scientific information to personnel and agencies.
  • Provides expert testimony by discussing laboratory results with officers and attorneys, attending pre-trial conferences and testifying in court.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years as a Criminalist in a forensic laboratory
Special Job Requirements
  • Successful completion of competency and proficiency tests
  • Arizona Criminal Justice Information System Network Terminal Operator Certification
  • Minimum Education Type must be in biology, chemistry, or forensic science related area
  • A minimum of three courses totaling at least nine semester or equivalent credit hours in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology must be successfully completed
  • Coursework or training in statistics and/or population genetics
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with Qiagen Extraction Robotics (EZ1, QiaCube, QiaSymphony)
  • Experience with Life Technologies Quant Trio Quantification kit and 7500 platform
  • Experience with Life Technologies GlobalFiler and Yfiler amplification kits and 3500 CE platform
  • Experience with “STR Mix” Probabilistic Genotyping software
  • Experience with High-throughput casework

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Posted: January 9, 2018

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