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

The Purpose of this position is to serve as specialists in an area of expertise/scientific discipline and are responsible for identifying and analyzing physical evidence related to their specialization that is collected from criminal investigations


Forensic Scientists in the Department of Public Safety support the New Mexico law enforcement community in the investigation of crimes by receiving and maintaining physical evidence custody; preparing reports that document their findings; provide expert opinions in their scientific specialization to investigators; and provide expert witness testimony regarding their findings in a court of law. 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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This position will be 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


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.

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Posted: March 2, 2021

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