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Forensic Scientist, DNA

Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Arvada, Colorado

Salary: $73,560.00 - $109,416.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 7, 2020

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation Forensic Services, CBI-FS, maintains five operational forensic science laboratories throughout the state: Denver, Pueblo, Grand Junction, Boulder and Northern Region. Forensic Services is responsible for the collection and preservation of evidence at the crime scene and the subsequent scientific analysis of this physical evidence. The role of our scientists is to evaluate, examine the evidence using the latest state of the art techniques, and objectively testify to their findings for the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies we serve and for the prosecution and defense in court.

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Duties:

TECHNICAL DUTIES
  • Responsible for the preservation, screening/analysis and interpretation of biological evidence collected in criminal cases for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Must be familiar with ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standards and ANAB Supplemental Requirements.
  • Maintain chain of custody and case file records in an electronic laboratory information management system (LIMS). CBI is a paperless system.
  • Must demonstrate competency by successfully passing the agency's training plan, competency test(s), and the established proficiency test(s).
CULTURAL
  • Professional communication style: clear and concise communication, treats all people with respect.
  • Excellent time management skills, assists others as needed, maintains productivity.
  • Demonstrates the utmost professionalism at the workplace including while providing expert testimony in various municipal, county, district, military or federal courts across Colorado.
  • Maintain the highest level of integrity: CBI forensic scientists must be above reproach at all times in their personal life and professional life.
  • Enjoys continuous improvement and learning: Updates skill sets through active participation in professional groups, trainings, seminars and conferences. Readily keeps up-to-date technologically by reading forensic literature, journals, and websites.
  • Flexibility and willingly performing other duties as assigned. This may include but is not limited to: actively serving on the Technical Working Group for a specific discipline, assisting with validating new instrumentation and methodologies, assisting with writing technical procedures, procuring supplies, training coworkers, covering for a coworker during a scheduled leave or in an emergency situation in your laboratory or another CBI-FS facility, and assisting with special projects as needed.
  • Self-aware and open to feedback and improvement: Considers ideas presented by coworkers and supervisor, enjoys learning new ways to improve personally and professionally.
  • Strong work ethic: This position requires dedication, commitment, loyalty and an unwavering work ethic. The individual must be supportive of the CBI's and Forensic Services overall mission, goals and values.

Requirements:

FORENSIC SCIENTIST II
  • EDUCATION - Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, forensic science, or another natural science field. Additionally, DNA applicants must meet the educational requirements of the Quality Assurance standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories (effective July 1, 2020). A copy of your college or university transcripts must be provided at the time of application.
  • AND
  • EXPERIENCE - Two years full-time forensic biology/DNA analysis experience, excluding training or internships, at a crime laboratory.
FORENSIC SCIENTIST I
  • EDUCATION - Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, forensic science, or another natural science field. Additionally, DNA applicants must meet the educational requirements of the Quality Assurance standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories (effective July 1, 2020). A copy of your college or university transcripts must be provided at the time of application.
  • AND
  • EXPERIENCE - One year full-time forensic biology/DNA analysis experience, excluding training or internships, at a crime laboratory.
SUBSTITUTIONS
  • A master's or doctorate degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, forensic science or another natural science field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the bachelor's degree. A copy of your college or university transcripts must be provided at the time of application.
  • There is NO substitution for the two years full-time forensic DNA casework experience.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Experience under ISO 17025 accreditation standards;
  • Experience with STRmix or other probabilistic genotyping software

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Posted: March 12, 2020

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