Employment Opportunity

DNA Forensic Chemist III

Prince George's County Police Department, Landover, Maryland

Salary: $62,425.00 - $139,127.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: June 24, 2021

The Prince George's County Police Department is currently seeking highly qualified individuals to fill a vacant Forensic Chemist III position, grade P24, in its DNA Laboratory.

This is a senior/lead-level technical and professional position responsible for conducting serologic and DNA analysis on physical evidence submitted by law enforcement personnel. This analytical work involves potential contact with biohazards, chemical solvents, and reagents.

Work involves preparing summary findings and materials for use in testifying as an expert witness in criminal trial cases. The incumbent may perform lead work over subordinate level forensic chemists and perform the duties of Laboratory Manager in his/her absence.

Work is performed with a considerable degree of independence in accordance with established technical standards and policies based on the ability to analyze, identify and document physical evidence, and to offer effective case-related testimony. The incumbent may assist the Laboratory Manager in leading and training subordinate forensic chemists.

The incumbent in this position is considered an "Essential" employee and may be required to report for work during natural/manmade disasters, and during special operations, as assigned. "Essential" employees are expected to report or remain at work when other county employees are granted Administrative Leave.

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What You'll Do:
  • Conducts serological analysis on physical evidence to identify body fluids.
  • Performs Short Tandem Repeat (STR) DNA analysis on evidence according to established protocols.
  • Conducts qualitative analysis of the more difficult biological evidence.
  • Testifies in court as required.
  • Works in partnership with internal and external customers to assist in finding resolutions to immediate problems.
  • Provides technical guidance and training to subordinate professional-level laboratory personnel.
  • Advises the State's Attorney on the forensic aspects of cases and the preparation of testimonies concerning the analysis of biological evidence.
  • Assists with specification and purchasing of new laboratory equipment.
  • Assists with validations and quality control activities.
  • Reviews Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) matches by researching match information with case folders and interacting with detectives.
  • Perform other tasks and duties as assigned, which may not be specifically listed in the position description, however, are within the general occupational category and responsibility level typically associated with the employee's class of work.


What You'll Need:
  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biology, Forensic Science, or other Physical Science, including course work totaling twelve (12) semester credit hourscovering the subject areas of:
    • Molecular Biology, Biochemistry; Genetics, Population Genetics, and Statistics;
  • Plus, five (5) years of relevant progressively responsible experience performing Short Tandem Repeat (STR) DNA analysis in a forensic laboratory setting.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A Master's degree in a relevant field of Forensic Science.
  • Ability to accurately identify body fluids, extract DNA, conduct DNA Analysis, and perform mixture interpretation.
  • Testified in local and/or federal court system as an expert witness.
  • CODIS trained and a current CODIS user.
  • Knowledge and experience with EZ1 Advanced XL; QuantStudio 5 Real-Time PCR System; Veriti Thermal Cycler; 3500XL Genetic Analyzer; GlobalfilerĀ® PCR Amplification Kit; and, STRmix probabilistic genotyping.
  • Ability to lead/guide subordinate laboratory personnel when necessary.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Upon selection, the candidate must:
  • Pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Pass a drug screening.
  • Pass proficiency tests twice a year.
  • Attend continuing education relevant to forensic DNA analysis.
  • Have knowledge of Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Safety Protocol as required by ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and FBI Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratory.
  • This is an essential position. Essential employees are expected to report during standard or non-standard hours as operations necessitate. Essential employees are expected to report or remain at work when other County employees are granted Administrative Leave.

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Posted: May 24, 2021

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