Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist II, DNA

Idaho State Police, Meridian, Idaho

Salary: $27.36 to $29.51 per hour.

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

This recruitment is being used to fill a full-time Forensic Scientist 2 (FS2) with Idaho State Police Forensic Services (ISPFS). An FS2 is an experienced scientist-level position with ISPFS. An experienced scientist who meets the minimum qualifications and *qualifying work experiences of the FS2 must successfully complete a qualifying examination.

This is a grant funded position through the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. The DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) and DNA Laboratory Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement Grant Programs funding is anticipated for six to eighteen months. This solicitation is subject to the grant funds being available to ISPFS. If a state funded position becomes allocated, candidates will need to apply and compete through the State of Idaho recruitment process.

It is anticipated that one or more remote positions focused on data analysis/reporting/technical review will be filled with this announcement. Selected candidates will be required to complete a 4-6 week training program. This training will occur on-site at the ISPFS laboratory in Meridian, ID. Travel expenses for this training will be paid by ISPFS.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Provide scientific and technical expertise in genetics and STR DNA analysis.
  • Follow analytical methods and the quality and safety procedures.
  • Document quality controls and work.
  • Author STR DNA reports
  • Calculate statistics using STRmix™
  • Check that the report issued for analysis they perform is accurate.
  • Report results of all analysis performed through written/electronic reports.
  • Provide expert testimony in complex STR DNA analysis, genetics, relevant population statistics and probabilistic genotyping.
  • Technical review of casework.
  • Administrative review of casework.
  • Report deficiencies to supervisor.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • A baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, or a closely related field. Analysts working in the Forensic Biology discipline must have successfully completed a minimum of seventeen (17) semester (or 26 quarter) units of chemistry or biology related college level coursework. Coursework must include at least one course each in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology totaling 9 semester (or 14 quarter) units. Additionally, coursework in statistics or population genetics is required. When performing DNA analysis and where applicable, analysts shall meet the educational requirements of the Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories. Applicants will list the applicable course work and SU (semester units) or QU (quarter units) with each course. If the title for the required courses is different from the names listed above, applicants must include an attachment with the university course description, syllabus, or a letter from the professor demonstrating the core course component.
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Posted: March 16, 2021

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