Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 2 - DNA Analyst

New Mexico Department of Public Safety, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Salary: $47,510 - $82,667 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

As a Forensic Scientist 2 - DNA Analyst, this position will be provided on-the-job training related to performing analysis of biological matter/ DNA evidence, with the intended goal of providing enough training and tenure to perform independently as a case-working DNA Analyst. Upon successful completion of all training, and demonstrated and sustained competent performance, the selected candidate will be responsible for independently identifying and analyzing biological matter and/or DNA evidence related to criminal investigations.


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The Forensic Scientist 2 - DNA Analyst is responsible for the following:
  • Producing formal reports that accurately identify and analyze biological matter and/or DNA evidence to determine their significance to the investigation
  • Presenting the results, conclusions and expert opinion in the scientific analysis of the biological matter/ DNA
  • Providing expert witness testimony regarding their findings in courts of law throughout the State of New Mexico
  • Performing QA/ QC to assure quality analysis, evidence integrity, and maintain accreditation standards
  • Continue training to develop competency and proficiency in their area of specialization, specifically biological matter/ DNA analysis for this position, as required


Ideal Candidate
  • The Ideal Candidate will have a Bachelor's Degree or an advanced degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Genetics, Forensic Science or Molecular Biology; and, shall have successfully completed course work (graduate or undergraduate level) covering the following subject areas: biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology; and course work and/or training in statistics and/or population genetics as it applies to forensic DNA analysis.
  • Additionally, the Ideal Candidate will have the following skills, knowledge and abilities:
    • The ability to determine the identity of an unknown substance
    • The ability to conduct tests to quantitate and analyze biological matter and/or DNA
    • The ability to extract, analyze and compare unknown DNA evidence item to reference samples
    • The ability to provide testimony in a court of law
    • The ability to write laboratory reports
Minimum Qualification
  • For DNA Analysts, a Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Biochemistry, Genetics or Molecular biology from an accredited college or university and completion of nine (9) credit hours of coursework in any combination of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, to include any course work in statistics or population genetics.
  • Four (4) years of experience working in a forensics laboratory performing scientific analysis of forensic evidence, including one (1) year independent case work analysis.
Working Conditions
  • Work is performed in a forensic laboratory setting with exposure to chemicals, biological fluids including exposure to noise from equipment and instruments utilized in the laboratory.
  • Work is performed under stressful situations with strict deadlines.
  • Frequent walking, standing, sitting and bending is required, and have the ability to lift and carry up to 30 lbs.

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Posted: October 27, 2020

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