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DNA Analyst

Montana Department of Justice, Missoula, Montana

Salary: $ 26.50 - 33.64 Hourly

Final Filing Date: Open until filled. Applications received by August 31, 2021 will receive priority consideration.

Applicant Pool Statement: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.

Training Assignment: This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.

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  • The Forensic Science Division (FSD) Laboratory is a multi-disciplined service facility whose main function is the analysis of physical evidence received from law enforcement and other government agencies throughout the State of Montana. The division is composed of the following sections: Toxicology/Breath Testing, Serology/DNA, Chemistry/Trace, Firearms/Toolmarks, Latent Print/Impression Evidence, and the State Medical Examiner’s Office.
  • Forensic Scientists maintain and promote the division’s core values, maintain a safe, healthy and professional environment for all employees, provide objective expert testimony, expertise and/or resources to educate the criminal justice community, and provide accurate, objective and timely forensic analytical services to fulfill the needs of the criminal justice system. This position implements policies and procedures designed to maximize the effectiveness and the efficiency of laboratory services.
  • The Forensic Scientist (DNA Analyst) position collects, identifies, classifies, and analyzes physical evidence related to criminal investigations; performs tests on evidence to determine the significance to an investigation; designs and conducts analytical tests, in either chemistry, toxicology, biology, impression evidence, or firearms/toolmarks analysis on evidence submitted by law enforcement agencies. ; documents evidence and prepares detailed reports of analytical findings as well as analytical methods and techniques used to support conclusions for submission to legal authorities and courts of law; testifies in court as an expert witness on the analysis of evidence and conclusions reached; researches scientific literature and exchanges information with peers to stay current with latest scientific advances in the analysis of criminal evidence; participates in the laboratory's proficiency testing program; provides training, technical support, and consultation to the law enforcement officers/agencies, attorneys, and other public officials and citizens of the state.
  • Testifying in court and managing emotions pertaining to victim deaths may be stressful.

Core Competencies:

  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems by using logic to identify key facts, explore alternatives, and propose quality solutions.
  • Ability to be creative and come up with alternative ways of thinking.
  • Knowledge of principles, theories and current applications of forensic science.
  • Knowledge of laws of evidence and criminal procedure.
  • Knowledge of legal requirements relating to physical evidence.
  • Knowledge of chemical and laboratory safety practices.
  • Ability to use scientific instruments and equipment in the examination of evidence.
  • Ability to evaluate information against a set of standards.
  • Ability to speak before a group of people.
  • Knowledge of research methods, techniques, and other sources of information.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a biological science, with successful completion of nine semester hours in the three DNA class requirements of genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology plus coursework in population statistics.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • One or more year’s experience performing casework in an accredited lab.
  • Successful completion of an accredited laboratory training program.
  • Qualified to testify in court.

In some situations, other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Posted: August 21, 2021

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