Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 3 - DNA Technical Lead

Idaho State Police, Meridian, Idaho

Salary: $30.10 - $42.98 Hourly

Final Filing Date: Continuous

The Forensic Scientist 3 (FS3) DNA technical lead is an experienced scientist who serves as the DNA technical lead with ISP Forensic Services. This position manages and directs the technical aspects of the forensic biology, DNA casework and DNA database units.

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  • Provide scientific and technical expertise in the area of genetics, forensic biology, and DNA analysis
  • Coordinate with the section supervisors to plan, organize, staff, and direct the state forensic biology programs and operations
  • Serve as a liaison between ISP and other federal, state, and local laboratories
  • Direct or perform research and validation studies to investigate and implement new methodologies
  • Coordinate with the CODIS state administrator to ensure compliance with and update Idaho DNA Database Act of 1996
  • Provide expert testimony with regard to complex DNA analysis, genetics, and relevant population statistics
  • Assist manager of forensic services in implementing ISP strategic plan
  • Assist in the development of legislative proposals, budgetary, and staffing decision units
  • Review, monitor program, and work with the Laboratory Quality Manager to ensure quality system compliance
  • Develop strategies for improved performance
  • Address policy, operational and procedural questions, and provide technical expertise
  • Provide and oversee internal training
  • Coordinate with section supervisors on hiring decisions and delegation of duties
  • Coordinate with section supervisors to meet staffing, budgetary, and performance goals
  • Serve as technical lead for forensic biology, DNA casework and DNA database programs
  • Coordinate with the grant manager to develop DNA grant proposals; track and report performance measures


  • A masters degree (or above) 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. At least three (3) of the required credit hours listed below must be at the graduate level.
    • 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 three years of qualifying work experience as an independent forensic DNA casework analyst in an accredited laboratory supported by appropriate training.
Desirable Qualifications which will Provide Extra Credit - The following are not requirements for this 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
  • Experience as a technical lead in an accredited human forensic DNA laboratory
  • Knowledge of management and supervisory practices
  • Certification with the American Board of Criminalistics
  • Fellow with the American Board of Criminalistics in the area of Molecular Biology
  • 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 operational procedures as applied to DNA eligibility requirements
  • Experience using probabilistic genotyping software
  • Experience performing Y-STR analysis
  • Member of related professional organization(s)

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Posted: October 25, 2019

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