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Forensic Scientist, DNA

Colorado Department of Public Safety, Arvada, Colorado

Salary: $5,048.00 - $9,118.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: August 20, 2020

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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).

Requirements:

FORENSIC SCIENTIST II
  • 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 Two years full-time forensic biology/DNA analysis experience, excluding training or internships, at a crime laboratory.
FORENSIC SCIENTIST I
  • 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 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.
SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS-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 work place 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.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Experience under ISO 17025 accreditation standards;
  • Experience with STRmix or other probabilistic genotyping software
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
  • This position is designated as Essential and is required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare.
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted, successfully pass a polygraph and extensive background investigation, drug screen and psychological exam. If you have used marijuana in the last twelve months, or any illegal drugs in the past five years, or have been convicted of a felony or have a history of criminal activity, you will be disqualified and will not be hired for this position.
  • This position may perform analysis on an item of evidence that contains hazardous materials or has been exposed to hazardous materials. Toxic chemicals are utilized throughout the laboratory during analyses.
  • A valid driver's license required. This position may be required to assist in another laboratory throughout the state and may be required to provide expert courtroom testimony statewide.

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Posted: July 9, 2020

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