Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 3 - DNA

Idaho State Police, Meridian, Idaho

Salary: $62,608.00 - $89,398.40 Annually

Final Filing Date: June 19, 2019

The Forensic Scientist 3 (DNA/DNA Database Supervisor) is an experienced scientist/supervisor-level position with ISP Forensic Services. An experienced supervisor/scientist who meets the minimum qualifications and *qualifying work experience of the DNA Forensic Scientist 3, must successfully complete a qualifying examination and a six-month probationary period of 1,040 hours.

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  • Report to the Meridian Laboratory Manager for operational issues and the DNA Technical Leader for technical and quality related issues
  • Act as supervisor for DNA database analyst(s), biology analyst(s), and DNA casework analyst(s)
  • Provide scientific and technical expertise in genetics, forensic biology, and DNA analysis
  • Follow analytical methods and the quality and safety procedures
  • Document quality controls and work
  • Check that the report issued for analysis they perform is accurate
  • Report results of all analysis performed through written/electronic reports
  • Provide expert testimony in complex DNA analysis, genetics, and relevant population statistics, as applicable
  • Perform analysis in only examinations they are approved to perform
  • Technical review of casework in qualified discipline(s)
  • Administrative review of casework in qualified discipline(s)
  • Report deficiencies to supervisor
  • Perform technical audits
  • Perform validation studies, as directed by the technical lead, to investigate and implement new methodologies
  • Train police officers and medical personnel in collection of evidence
  • Participate in routine quality control measures, instrument maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Compile data and generate statistics regarding employee or unit performance


  • A baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, or a closely related field
    • Successful completion of a minimum of seventeen (17) semester (or 26 quarter) units of chemistry or biology related college level coursework
    • One course in biochemistry (3 semester units)
    • One course in genetics (3 semester units)
    • One course in molecular biology (3 semester units)
    • One course in statistics or population genetics (3 semester units)
  • At least two years of *qualifying work experience as an independent forensic DNA casework or database analyst in an accredited laboratory supported by appropriate training
Desirable Qualifications which will Provide Extra Credit: The following are not requirements for the DNA/DNA database supervisor position. However, if you do have qualifications/experience in any of these areas include the information in your resume as it may increase your score:
  • B.S. in biological science
  • Supervision or management training or experience
  • Diplomat with the American Board of Criminalistics
  • Fellow with the American Board of Criminalistics in the area of Molecular Biology
  • Member of related professional organization(s)
  • Graduate degree in Biological Science
  • Experience performing audits under the FBI's DNA quality assurance standards and/or ISO 17025 standards
  • Experience using automation as it applies to the analysis of DNA samples in a forensic laboratory
  • Experience in a DNA database section as an analyst or supervisor
  • Experience using CODIS as an analyst or administrator and knowledge of the NDIS operation procedures as it applies to DNA eligibility requirements
  • Experience using probabilistic genotyping software
  • Experience performing Y-STR analysis

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Posted: May 23, 2019

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