Employment Opportunity

Forensic Biologist

Montana Department of Justice, Missoula, Montana

Salary: $25.50 - $32.65 per hour

Final Filing Date: June 21, 2019

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As a Forensic Biologist, the incumbent will be working in the Biology section of the laboratory which receives items of evidence collected at the scene of crimes such as homicides, rapes, suicides, assaults and burglaries. These items typically have suspected biological fluid staining. The Forensic Biologist uses state of the art methods to identify biological staining, develop DNA profiles from evidentiary samples, interpret data, and publish reports on the results of the analyses performed. Successful applicants will be tasked with duties that pair with their respective knowledge, skills, and abilities.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
    • Extensive knowledge of theory, practice and use of analytical equipment; biochemical, physical, chemical, and analytical methodologies used in forensic biology; laboratory safety practices including the handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals and potentially infectious biological samples. Extensive knowledge of policies, procedures, rules, guidelines and regulations governing an accredited forensic biology laboratory. Extensive knowledge of computer hardware and software used in a forensic biology laboratory. Knowledge of laboratory quality assurance guidelines and protocols as they pertain to the forensic biology. Thorough knowledge of evidence handling and the chain of custody procedures of biological and physical evidence; systematic approaches to the analysis of evidence; case law relating to forensic biology. Knowledge of criminal law and courtroom procedure; human anatomy, physiology; techniques of courtroom presentation; current trends in forensic science research in general. Knowledge of criminal investigation techniques.
    • Skill in using stereoscopic and bright field compound microscopes, digital imaging/photographic equipment, forensic alternative light source, micro-pipettors, microbalance, robotic instrumentation and personal computers. Skill in the methodologies used for preparation of reagents and their respective quality control measures within a forensic laboratory.
    • Ability to manage time effectively and be self-motivating; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public; to follow written and oral instructions; to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; ability to write clear, concise, accurate and thorough reports, to organize case workload on a daily basis; to coordinate responsibilities with colleagues and co-workers; to organize the work place and analytical approach, both for safety, efficiency and maximum use of available sample; to maintain electronic equipment; to adapt to changing time schedules and working conditions and deal with the associated stress of heavy workloads and varying priorities.
Physical and Environmental Demands:
  • Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs in short intervals.
  • Must be willing to work with materials considered to be biological hazards.
  • Create and maintain a safe/secure working environment by adhering to DOJ safety, security and health requirements.
Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):
  • The above knowledge, skills and abilities are typically acquired by a Bachelor of Science degree or its equivalent degree in a biological, chemical, or natural science and job-related laboratory experience.
  • Coursework (graduate or undergraduate level) will have been successfully completed covering the subject areas of biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology (molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology) as well as course work in statistics and/or population genetics as required by FBI Quality Assurance Standards. The required subject areas must consist of nine or more cumulative semester or equivalent hours.
  • At least 2 years of experience working within an accredited forensic laboratory with at least 1 year experience performing DNA casework analysis.
  • Additionally, experience with the use Laboratory Information Management software; specifically, Justice Trax LIMS plus.

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Posted: June 6, 2019

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