Employment Opportunity

Criminal Forensic Scientist-DNA

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

Salary: $72,800 - $145,600 Annually

Final Filing Date: March 1, 2024

The Criminal Forensic Scientists - DNA perform tests on body fluids, weapons, clothing, and other evidence left at crime scenes to identify the source of DNA. Utilize forensic laboratory procedures, serology, and DNA techniques and technology, operate, and understand instrumentation associated with forensic DNA analysis, write reports to results, and testify in courts of law as an expert witness. Follow the requirements for designing and performing internal validation studies and internal audits. Process complex cases and/ or cases that need to be expedited. May need to fill other laboratory functions and responsibilities such as unit safety officer, CODIS administrator, DNA Technical Leader, and/or perform internal validations of new techniques and internal audits. Perform independent biology/ DNA casework for law enforcement agencies statewide, conduct peer reviews of Biology/DNA casework, and testify to results as needed, including the analysis of more complex cases and cases requiring expedited testing.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


The position will be responsible for:
  • Producing formal reports that accurately identify and analyze physical evidence to determine their significance to the investigation;
  • Presenting the results, conclusions and expert opinion in the scientific analysis of the controlled substance evidence;
  • Providing 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

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


Ideal Candidate
  • Determine the identity of an unknown substance.
  • Testimony (testifying in a court of law).
  • Write laboratory report.
  • Experience in an accredited forensic laboratory?
  • How many years of experience do you have working in an accredited forensic laboratory?
Minimum Qualification
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. One (1) year of laboratory experience may be substituted for each year of required education.

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Posted: February 5, 2024

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