Employment Opportunity


DNA Analyst

Greeley Police Department, Greeley, Colorado

Salary: $71,624.49 - $103,855.51 Annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

The DNA Analyst performs highly specialized professional forensic science evaluations in regards to the identification and comparison of physical evidence submitted to the laboratory for analysis in the biology/DNA section. The DNA Analyst will be assigned to the Northern Colorado Regional Forensic Crime Lab. This person will work alongside other DNA Analyst from the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, and other local agencies.

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Duties:

Essential Functions
  • Evidence handling to maintain a proper chain of custody and integrity of the evidence.
  • Examination of items of evidence to discover, preserve, collect and identify samples for biological analysis.
  • Developing DNA profiles from evidential samples and known reference standards using accepted molecular biology techniques.
  • Interpretation of scientific data using appropriate software programs, the comparison of evidential profiles to known reference standards and statistical analysis of results.
  • Compilation of complete and accurate written reports of findings.
  • Technical review of analytical work and reports generated by other qualified analysts.
  • Court preparation and expert witness testimony.
  • Communication with other laboratory analysts, laboratory director, and managers regarding casework and day-to-day laboratory operations.
  • Communication with Evidence personnel to ensure proper chain of custody of evidence.
  • Communication with Law Enforcement personnel of confidential information with regard to on-going criminal investigations.
  • Communication with Attorneys and other judicial personnel of confidential information with regard to on-going criminal investigations and court proceedings.
  • Communication with members of the public about educational opportunities, for example trainings and community outreach to groups such as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, school groups and classes, etc.
  • Think critically and independently.
  • Troubleshoot problems that arise during the scientific analysis process.
  • Prioritize own casework.
  • Participate in validation studies and /or research projects.
  • Participate in the training of other analysts and/or law enforcement personnel.
  • Maintain continuing education requirements to meet QAS standards.
  • Adequately prepare for the effective presentation of findings in a court setting.


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Requirements:

Experience, Knowledge, Skills & Education:
  • Bachelor's Degree in a physical or natural science from an accredited college or university, to include course work to meet the FBI Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) requirements for a DNA analyst.
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in the Biology Unit of an accredited lab to include both serology and DNA analysis.
  • Qualified as an expert in testimony in the area of Serology and/or DNA analysis.
  • Perform job functions using paperless Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and Quality Assurance/Quality control (QA/QC) platform.
  • Operation and maintenance of scientific instrumentation to include: robotic platforms, qPCR, thermocyclers and capillary electrophoresis systems.
  • Knowledge and use of specialized software platforms to include the following (or comparable): GeneMapper ID-X, STRmix, Combined DNA Data Index (CODIS) database and statistical components.
  • Knowledge and use of general laboratory equipment to include: pipettes, balances, microscopes, alternate light sources, robotics, qPCR, and genetic analyzers.
  • Must possess a valid driver license.
Work Environment and Physical Requirements
  • Work is primarily performed indoors with minimal exposure the elements.
  • Work is performed at a fixed workstation.
  • Possible exposure to blood-borne pathogens.
  • Possible exposure to common chemicals used in a forensic laboratory.
  • Ability to lift light to moderate weighing evidence packages from one location to another;
  • Communication skills enough to hear and convey information to/from the public via telephone and in person;
  • Operate standard office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements;
  • Vision enough to interpret computer screens and documents to assist the public and complete work assignments; specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus;
  • Manual dexterity enough to accurately input, retrieve and verify work assignments; employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms;
  • Extensive work is performed on a computer with repetitive data entry and 10-key calculations; work is primarily performed at a desk.

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Posted: April 27, 2022


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