Employment Opportunity

Criminalist I, DNA

Tucson Police Department, Tucson, Arizona

Salary: $47,486.40 - $79,206.40 per year

Final Filing Date: April 21, 2019

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

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  • Performs scientific analysis of physical evidence by using chemical, instrumental and comparative techniques meeting the 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.
  • 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 the American Society of Crime Lab Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board requirements.
  • Provides expert testimony by discussing laboratory results with officers and attorneys, attending pre-trial conferences and testifying in court.
  • Remains current in scientific advancements in the forensic field by reading technical publications, making presentations, attending training seminars and providing general scientific information to personnel and agencies.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum Experience Qualifications: No experience
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 in an accredited Forensic DNA laboratory as a case-working DNA analyst (not counting time in-training)
  • Experience with Qiagen Extraction Robotics such as EZ1, QiaCube, Qiasymphony (not counting time in-training)
  • Experience with Life Technologies products such as Quant Trio, 3500CE, Globalfiler (not counting time in-training)
  • Experience with “STR Mix” Probabilistic Genotyping software (not counting time in-training)

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Posted: April 8, 2019

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