Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 2/DNA Analyst

New Mexico Department of Public Safety, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Salary: $62,558 - $100,093 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

DNA Analysts (Forensic Scientist 2) serve as specialists in an area of expertise I scientific discipline and are responsible for identifying and analyzing physical evidence 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.

As a Forensic Scientist 2, DNA Analyst, the incumbent will be provided on-the-job training related to performing analysis of biological matter/ DNA evidence, with the intended goal of providing enough training and tenure to perform independently as a case-working DNA Analyst. Upon successful completion of all training, and demonstrated and sustained competent performance, the incumbent will be responsible for independently identifying and analyzing biological matter/ DNA evidence related to criminal investigations.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


The position will :
  • Produce formal reports that accurately identify and analyze biological matter/ DNA evidence to determine their significance to the investigation;
  • Present the results, conclusions and expert opinion in the scientific analysis of the biological matter/ DNA;
  • Provide 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; and,
  • Training on developing competency and proficiency in their area of specialization, specifically biological matter/ DNA analysis for this position, as required.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have successfully completed nine (9) credit hours in Molecular Biology, Genetics and Biochemistry; and have the following experience:
  • Experience working with population genetics.
  • Experience performing DNA casework in an accredited forensic laboratory.
  • Experience working in an accredited forensic laboratory.
  • Experience providing testimony in a court of law in the capacity of an expert witness.

 Earn a Degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Science, Computer Forensics or Forensic Psychology


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.
Employment Requirements
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Driver's License, a current Defensive Driving Course Certification from the State of New Mexico or must pass and receive Defensive Driving Course Certification as a condition of continued employment.
  • Continued employment is subject to a national fingerprint-based records check within 30 days of assignment and contingent upon remaining felony free, per Section of the Criminal Justice Information Systems Security Policy.

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Posted: May 17, 2023

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