Employment Opportunity

Forensic Chemist III (DNA)

Prince George County Police Department, Landover, Maryland

Salary: $62,425.00 - $139,127.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: March 3, 2020

This is a senior/lead level technical and professional position. The incumbent will conduct serologic and DNA analysis on physical evidence submitted by law enforcement personnel. This analytical work involves potential contact with biohazards, chemical solvents, and reagents. The employee will prepare summary findings and materials for the use in testifying as an expert witness in criminal trial cases. The incumbent may perform lead work over subordinate level Forensic Chemist and perform the duties of Laboratory Manager in his/her absence. Work is performed with a considerable degree of independence in accordance with established technical standards and policies based on the ability to analyze, identify and document physical evidence, and to offer effective case related testimony. The incumbent may assist the Laboratory Manager in leading and training subordinate forensic chemists.

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  • Conducts serological analysis on physical evidence to identify body fluids;
  • Performs DNA analysis on evidence according to established protocols;
  • Conducts qualitative analysis of the more difficult biological evidence;
  • Testifies in court as required;
  • Works in partnership with internal and external customers to assist in finding resolutions to immediate problems;
  • Provides technical guidance and training to subordinate professional level laboratory personnel;
  • Advises the State's Attorney on the forensic aspects of cases and the preparation of testimonies concerning the analysis of biological evidence;
  • Assists with specification and purchasing of new laboratory equipment;
  • Assists with validations and quality control activities;
  • Reviews Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) matches by researching match information with case folders and interacting with detectives and
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biology, Forensic Science, or other Physical Science including course work totaling twelve (12) semester credit hours covering the subject areas of: Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, and Population Genetics or Statistics; plus, five (5) years of relevant experience performing DNA analysis in a forensic laboratory setting.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
Additional Information
  • In addition to completing a Prince George's County employment application, the applicant MUST provide specific information relative to each of the areas referenced in the minimum qualifications statement shown above. The information provided will be used to examine the applicant's qualifications for this position.
  • Also, applicants must submit college transcripts with their application.
  • A Master's degree in a relevant field of Forensic Science.
  • Ability to accurately identify body fluids, extract DNA, conduct DNA Analysis, and perform mixture interpretation.
  • Testified in local and/or federal court system as an expert witness.
  • CODIS trained and a current CODIS user.
  • Knowledge and experience with Qiagen EZ1, 7500 Real Time System, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) System or QuantStudio 5, 3500 Genetic Analyzer and GlobalfilerĀ® DNA kits.
  • Ability to lead/guide subordinate laboratory personnel when necessary.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Upon selection the candidate:
  • Must pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Must pass a drug screening.
  • Must pass proficiency tests twice a year.
  • Must attend continuing education relevant to forensic DNA analysis.
  • Must have knowledge of Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Safety Protocol as required by ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and Quality Assurance Standards (QAS).
  • This is an essential position. Essential employees are expected to report during standard or non-standard hours as operations necessitate. Essential employees are expected to report or remain at work when other County employees are granted Administrative Leave.

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Posted: January 24, 2020

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