Employment Opportunity

Forensic DNA Scientist Trainee

Pennsylvania State Police, Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Salary: $47,472.00 - $72,176.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: June 1, 2023

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) is searching for a qualified candidate to fill the position of Forensic DNA Scientist Trainee. This position is designed to train the incumbent in analyzing and comparing human DNA samples and evidence gathered by law enforcement.

As a Forensic DNA Science Trainee, you examine, analyze, and compares DNA from reference and evidentiary materials submitted to the DNA laboratory for the purpose of identifying a forensic genetic profile. You also determine what scientific tests to perform, interpret the results of analysis, and prepare written a written report on the findings.

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Description of Duties:
  • Receives training in chemical and biological techniques such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR), short tandem repeat (STR) analysis and capillary electrophoresis.
  • Receives training in the various techniques used for the collection, preservation, and handling of evidence and convicted offender samples including the importance of maintaining and documenting evidence chain of custody.
  • Receives training in the identification of human DNA profiles.
  • Receives training in the analysis of DNA samples collected from known individuals.
  • Receives training in isolation, extraction and amplification of human DNA from forensic casework.
  • Receives training in conducting forensic DNA analysis.
  • Receives training in comparing known and unknown DNA profiles and statistically interpreting the results as a match, nonmatch, or inconclusive.
  • Receives training in the use of thermal cyclers, genetic analyzers, automation platforms, the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), and other equipment and systems unique to the forensic DNA program.
  • Receives training in preparing detailed records of analysis and findings that are compliant with laboratory policies and the laws governing the admissibility of evidence in court.
  • Receives training in courtroom procedures, courtroom demeanor, and delivering testimony, and participates in mock trials.
  • Receives training in laws and standards that apply to DNA analysis and accreditation.
  • Receives training in conducting performance checks of and maintaining laboratory equipment.
  • Receives training in inspecting reagents and supplies common to the forensic DNA discipline to ensure that they meet quality standards and specifications.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings, conferences and other training and development activities.
  • Reviews pertinent operational manuals, textbooks, journals, periodicals and other documents.
  • Performs related tasks, as required, to include those found in Enclosure 3 of the Bureau of Forensic Services Continuity of Government (CoG) plan when the Department’s CoG Plan is activated. Responds to the designated alternate or secondary location when directed in response to a catastrophic incident.

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


Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:
  • A bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, forensic science, or a closely related physical or natural science, which includes or is supplemented by 16 college credits in chemistry and three credits each in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, and population genetics or statistics.
Other Requirements:
  • You must meet the PA residency requirement. For more information on ways to meet PA residency requirements, follow the link and click on Residency.
  • You must be able to perform essential job functions.
Legal Requirements:
  • This job title has been identified as performing critical duties. Prior to placement in this job title, the selected candidate regardless of their current job, must submit a Report of Medications for screening by the State Police Medical Officer.
  • You must pass criminal history and background investigations.

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Posted: May 18, 2023

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