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DNA Technical Lead Criminalist

Kern County District Attorney, Bakersfield, California

Salary: $7,551.31 - $9,218.65 Monthly

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Under direction, functions as the technical leader of forensic biology, performs technical reviews of case work, performs more complex DNA analysis, and monitors and trains staff.

This is a specialized area of the criminalist series which requires specialized knowledge of forensic biology and which does not require the broader range of expertise necessary for other criminalists. This class is distinguished from the Criminalist I-II-III classification series by specific forensic biology expertise and unique scientific knowledge.

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  • Evaluates all methods used by the DNA laboratory and proposes new or modified analytical procedures to be used by examiners
  • Solves technical problems of analytical methods
  • Oversees training, quality assurance, safety, and proficiency testing performs the more complex DNA analyses; interprets test results and forms conclusions
  • Direct the activities of the laboratory forensic biology unit
  • Ensures proper and safe operation of the DNA laboratory
  • Interprets and demonstrates complex scientific principles and performs complex DNA analysis of biological samples submitted as evidence in criminal and paternity cases
  • Validates methods used by the DNA laboratory
  • Prepares reports on laboratory analysis, testifies in court as an expert witness
  • Trains other laboratory examiners in DNA analysis techniques
  • Accountable for the technical operations of the DNA laboratory and authorized to stop or suspend DNA laboratory operations.
  • Makes technical presentations to outside groups
  • Teaches class or seminars in speciality
  • Performs related work as required


Minimum Qualifications/ Employment Standards:
  • A Masters or other graduate degree from an accredited college or university in biology, chemistry, or a forensic science related area and successful completion of a minimum of 12 semester or equivalent credit hours of combined undergraduate and graduate course work in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology, statistics and/or population genetics.
  • AND
  • Three years of professional forensic DNA laboratory experience which has included the identification and evaluation of biological evidence in criminal matters. Experience testifying as an expert witness in courts of law is desirable.
  • Possession of a valid California motor vehicle operator's license.
Additional Requirements:
  • Applicants must meet the standards for Technical Leader as established in "The Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories", Section 5.2 or have a degree waiver from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors or other organizations designated by the F.B.I. Successful completion of a documented training program in forensic DNA analysis and the forensic identification of biological substances and/or demonstration of competency is required.
  • Applicants must be able to pass a background investigation and shall not have been convicted of a felony in any state, or any federal jurisdiction nor of any offense which would have been a felony if committed in this state.

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Posted: September 7, 2019

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