Employment Opportunity


Forensic Scientist II/III - DNA

Alaska State Crime Laboratory, Anchorage, Alaska

Salary: $4,616.00 - $5,320.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: September 16, 2019

This position is part of the Alaska State Crime Lab. A Forensic Scientist II –DNA is required to maintain and demonstrate proficiency in at least one Forensic Biology subdiscipline; either biological screening or DNA casework analysis. A Forensic Scientist III – DNA is the journeyman level of the Forensic Scientist series, and is required to maintain and demonstrate proficiency in two or more Forensic Biology subdisciplines; Biological screening, DNA casework analysis, DNA database analysis.

FLEXIBLY STAFFED – Combined posting (II/III) This position is flexibly staffed. This vacancy may be filled at either the Forensic Scientist II - DNA level or Forensic Scientist III - DNA level, depending on the applicant's training and/or experience. The full range of salaries is listed above. Starting salary will be determined by the level the position is hired at. If filled at Level II, promotion to the Level III will occur upon successful completion of the probationary period and required training, as well as the applicant meeting the minimum qualifications of the higher job class.

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Duties:

Forensic Scientist II
  • Examine and perform chemical and physical examination to analyze evidence in routine cases under supervision using selected methods, techniques, and instruments.
  • Prepare laboratory bench notes and written case reports according to established procedure.
  • Prepare findings for court presentation, depositions, and interviews. Interpret scientific legal questions; provide expert testimony on less complex cases.
  • Assist with training law enforcement personnel and other forensic scientists.
  • Participate in proficiency and quality assurance testing.
  • Receive training on peer review techniques. Engage in peer review exercises.
  • Continue training to obtain expertise in one or more areas of these disciplines. Maintain knowledge of currently used technologies and procedures through reading current literature and on-the-job training with senior laboratory personnel.
  • Testify as an expert witness in a court of law for less complex cases.
Forensic Scientist III
  • Perform difficult professional laboratory analysis of physical evidence in one or more forensic disciplines.
  • Prepare and conduct quality control testing on reagents and supplies.
  • Provide expert opinion on major case reviews in specific forensic discipline.
  • Provide technical consultation services in a forensic discipline to law enforcement officers, attorneys, and other agency representatives.
  • Participate in developing and implementing training programs for other forensic scientists and agency representatives.
  • Recommend and assist supervisor in researching, evaluating, and developing new forensic techniques and methods.
  • Attain and maintain proficiency in conjunction with the ANAB standards.
  • Remain current in new technology and procedures through reading of current forensic literature and training by senior laboratory personnel.

Requirements:

We are looking to hire someone with the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience:
  • Working knowledge of biology, genetics, chemistry, and probability and statistical methods;
  • Working knowledge of the proper physical evidence collection and documentation techniques and methods;
  • Some knowledge of forensic analysis and standard laboratory testing and principles, practices and techniques;
  • Some knowledge of experimental design, controls, and standards; and
  • Ability to speak and write clearly and effectively.
FORENSIC SCIENTIST II - DNA Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in biology, chemistry, or forensic science related studies which includes a minimum of 3 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in each of the subject categories: biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology or other closely related courses.
  • And
  • Training or coursework in statistics as it relates to DNA analysis.
  • And
  • The successful completion of the State of Alaska flexible staffing plan for the DNA discipline.
  • And
  • One year of experience as a Forensic Scientist I with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
  • The experience and flex plan may be earned concurrently.
  • SUBSTITUTION: One additional year of Forensic Scientist I experience in the DNA discipline will substitute for the flex plan training.
  • Special Note: Employees will be expected to successfully pass multiple proficiency/competency tests annually.
  • Appointments to positions in the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory are subject to background requirements per ASCLD/LAB and the Department of Public Safety. A criminal background investigation, including fingerprinting, is required.
FORENSIC SCIENTIST III - DNA Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in biology, chemistry, or forensic science related studies which includes a minimum of 3 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in each of the subject categories: biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology or other closely related courses.
  • And
  • Training or coursework in statistics as it relates to DNA analysis.
  • And
  • The successful completion of the State of Alaska Forensic Scientist II flexible staffing plan for the DNA discipline.
  • And
  • Two years of experience as a Forensic Scientist II with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
  • The experience and flex plan training may be earned concurrently.
  • SUBSTITUTION: One year of additional Forensic Scientist II experience in the DNA discipline will substitute for the flex plan training.
  • Special Note: Employees will be expected to successfully pass multiple proficiency/competency tests annually.
  • Appointments to positions in the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory are subject to background requirements per ASCLD/LAB and the Department of Public Safety. A criminal background investigation, including fingerprinting, is required.

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Posted: August 28, 2019


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