Employment Opportunity

Crime Lab Scientist 1 (Forensic Biology)

Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Decatur, Pooler, or Moultrie, Georgia

Salary: $44,000.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: January 31, 2022

The Division of Forensic Science within the GBI is currently looking to fill positions and create an applicant pool for State Funded and Grant Funded vacancies of Crime Lab Scientists in the Forensic Biology Department. The grant-funded positions will be funded by a federal grant with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022. Funding for the grant-funded positions is expected to last approximately 24 months from the start of employment. Continuation of the positions beyond the 24 months is contingent upon availability of additional grant or other funding.

The Forensic Biology section of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation performs serological and DNA analyses of physiological fluids for the purpose of identification and individualization. The type of material typically examined includes, but is not limited to semen and saliva collected at crime scenes or from articles of physical evidence. These types of physiological fluids are frequently generated during the commission of violent crimes such as homicides, rapes or assaults. The GBI's ultimate goal is to identify what type of body fluid is present and then, through the use of DNA analysis, link that material to a specific person. Forensic DNA results aid law enforcement and the legal system in pursuit of justice.

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  • Under immediate supervision perform analytical procedures related to DNA analysis of biological samples for the GBI Crime Lab. Performs DNA analysis of physiological fluids for the purpose of identification and individualization. The type of material typically examined includes but is not limited to semen and saliva collected at crime scenes or from articles of physical evidence.


  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a Major in BIOLOGY or CHEMISTRY that included the successful completion of at least 40 semester hours (or 60 quarter hours) of related major course work.
  • Major course work must include the successful completion of at least twelve (12) cumulative semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) in the following required subject areas: Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology and Statistics (or Population Genetics).
  • Successful completion is considered a "C" or better in coursework.
  • The course title for Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry and Statistics (or Population Genetics) must be clearly delineated on the transcript(s).
  • You must also upload course descriptions/syllabus for the above mentioned courses.
  • If the titles of any of the courses are different from the titles listed above, YOU MUST UPLOAD COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND SYLLABUS for the the above mentioned courses.
  • You must also upload a college transcript with the online application. Current or recent college transcript (transcripts can be unofficial for the application process).
  • If you have taken a course that you believe meets the requirements but is identified by a different course title on the transcript, you must provide supporting documentation with the application in order to be considered.
  • This supporting documentation may be in the form of a course syllabus, catalog description, or letter from the instructor, or another document that supports the course content.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Preference will be given to applicants that, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, possess one or more of the following:
  • Current DOFS Employees
  • Previous experience performing human STR analysis in an accredited forensic laboratory
  • Previous experience operating a Model 3500 genetic analyzer
  • Previous experience using GeneMapper ID software
  • Previous experience using extraction techniques for human DNA

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How to apply: Apply online

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Posted: January 12, 2022

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