Employment Opportunity


DNA Forensic Scientist 1

Idaho State Police, Meridian, Idaho

Salary: $49,212.80 - $62,545.60 Annually

Final Filing Date: October 7, 2019

This announcement is being used to underfill a DNA Forensic Scientist 2 (FS2) position. The Forensic Scientist 1 (FS1) is an entry-level position, which will work under the direct supervision of a more experienced Forensic Scientist. The incumbent will be certified as an FS2 upon successful completion of a specified training program and two (2) years experience in the FS1 position (or) demonstration of meeting the minimum qualifications and *qualifying work experience of an FS2 position and a six-month probationary period of 1,040 hours. Pay will be adjusted accordingly at the time the incumbent is certified as a FS2.

Qualifying work experience for the DNA Forensic Scientist 2 includes a minimum of two (2) years working independently, planning, managing, and prioritizing offender database samples; successfully engaging in independent research, evaluation, and validation activities associated with forensic DNA; performing and documenting a range of examinations regarding human DNA analysis of DNA database samples; providing training and consultation services to professional criminal justice and scientific audiences; and testifying as an expert regarding database DNA examinations as applicable.

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Duties:

  • Maintain established standards of laboratory cleanliness, safety, and efficiency.
  • Provide scientific and technical expertise in genetics, DNA database sample analysis.
  • Follow analytical methods and the quality and safety procedures.
  • Document quality controls and work.
  • Check that profiles entered are accurate.
  • Provide expert testimony when applicable.
  • Perform analysis in only examinations they are approved to perform.
  • Technical review of database sample analysis.
  • Administrative review of database sample analysis.
  • Report deficiencies to supervisor.
  • Perform technical audits.
  • Perform validation studies to investigate and implement new methodologies.
  • Train police officers, corrections staff, and medical personnel in collection of offender samples.
  • Participate in routine quality control measures, instrument maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Entry of offender data and court orders into an electronic tracking system.
  • Comparison of thumbprints.

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications
  • 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)
    • When performing DNA analysis and where applicable, analysts shall meet the educational requirements of the Quality Assurance Standards for DNA Databasing Laboratories.
Desirable Qualifications which will Provide Extra Credit: The following are not requirements for the DNA position. However, if you do have qualifications/experience in any of these areas include that information in your resume:
  • B.S in biological science
  • Graduate degree in biological science
  • Qualifying work experience in forensic DNA database
  • Certification 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)
  • 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 using CODIS as an analyst or administrator and knowledge of the NDIS operation procedures as it applies to DNA eligibility requirements
NOTE:
  • The successful candidate is required to obtain certification by the American Board of Criminalistics within three (3) years of being selected/promoted for the position of Forensic Scientist 2 (if not currently certified).

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Posted: September 7, 2019


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