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Forensic Validation Specialist

Hennepin County Forensic Science Laboratory, Minneapolis, Minneapolis

Salary: $64,658.66 - $93,078.48 Annually

Final Filing Date: July 10, 2020

This position is limited duration (temporary), part-time, benefit-earning position with an anticipated end date of 12/31/2021.

The position is located at the Hennepin County Forensic Science Laboratory located at 530 Park Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55415 in downtown Minneapolis. Work hours will be between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 20 to 30 hours a week.

This posting will be used to fill current and future limited-duration, full-time and part-time, benefit-earning vacancies.

This position is internally classified as a Sheriff's Criminalist.

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Duties:

A position funded by the Department of Justice is available at the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Laboratory.
  • As a Forensic Validation Specialist, you will assist with technology transfers and process validation that will have an impact in the criminal justice system.
  • You will be responsible for executing validation experiments and procedure modifications that demonstrate a procedure, process, or activity carried out in the forensic DNA testing lab that meets the level of performance established by laboratory specifications and is compliant with the laboratory’s quality standards.

Requirements:

One of the following:
  • A bachelor's degree or higher in forensic science, chemistry, toxicology, biology, microbiology, biochemistry or a field appropriate to the area of specialization.
  • Five years or more of experience as an examiner/scientist in an accredited forensic laboratory.
Nice to have:
  • Two years or more of professional level experience in a molecular biology research laboratory.
  • Graduate degree in molecular biology or other closely related area of study.
  • Demonstration of successful projects in research and development, validation or technology transfer.
  • Peer reviewed publications in which you are listed as an author.
  • Experience:
    • With criminal court procedures and practices with special reference to rules of evidence.
    • Testifying in court as one of your main responsibilities.
    • Using digital laboratory equipment, computers and computer software to conduct, evaluate, compare and identify, and document finger print evidence.
    • Preserving evidence integrity and/or maintaining chain of custody for evidence.
  • Knowledge of state, federal, and local criminal laws that apply to forensic evidence.
  • Ability to testify as an expert witness in courts of law; present technical information and opinions to non-technical audiences in a clear, concise, and understandable manner.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: June 26, 2020

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