Employment Opportunity

DNA Analyst

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Harvey, Louisiana

Salary: Please inquire for compensation.

Final Filing Date: March 31, 2017

This professional scientific position applies the biological sciences to the investigation of crimes by performing laboratory analyses on physical evidence. This is a closely supervised trainee-level classification. It is the first classification in the forensic DNA analyst series. Training, guidance, and supervision are received from more experienced DNA analysts.

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  • Participate in the structured training program in forensic biology in the classroom and on the job by learning evidence screening and photography, DNA laboratory methods, protocols, and equipment
  • Maintain knowledge of current technologies and protocols through reading of scientific literature and hands-on training by experienced laboratory personnel
  • Ensure compliance with health and safety rules and regulations
  • Successfully complete twice yearly DNA proficiency tests as required by the FBI QAS
  • Perform preliminary evidence screening using serological analyses and microscopic examinations
  • Prepare and conduct quality control testing on reagents and supplies
  • May conduct peer and final technical reviews on select scientific reports
  • Prepare findings for court presentation and provides expert testimony
  • Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively with fellow scientists
  • Outstanding individuals at this position may be selected to perform in the role of health and safety manager as required to maintain ASCLD/LAB-International accreditation


Required Experience and Training
  • A DNA analyst should have a minimum of a master's degree in biology, chemistry or closely related forensic science field.
  • College transcripts must indicate the successful completion of nine semester (or equivalent) credit hours including a combination of graduate and undergraduate course work covering biochemistry,genetics, molecular biology, and statistics or population genetics.
  • Course work must include at least one graduate level course registering three or more semester (or equivalent) credit hours.
  • A DNA analyst should also have documented completion of a forensic DNA analyst training program.
  • Individuals with two or more years of relevant experience as a qualified DNA analyst may be eligible for the DNA analyst position with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, or closely related forensic science field. College course work must include nine semester (or equivalent) credit hours of biochemistry,genetics, molecular biology, and statistics or population genetics.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge of:
    • Principles and analytical procedures of molecular biology, genetics, and statistics
    • Current applications of forensic science
    • Instruments and equipment used in laboratory analyses of collected evidence
    • Chemical and laboratory safety
    • Modern criminal investigation and identification techniques and procedures
    • Legal requirements relating to physical evidence
    • Computers including a wide variety of software applications including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases
  • Ability to:
    • Successfully complete the required training program if applicable
    • Learn to use a computer and a wide variety of software applications including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and digital imaging; genetic analysis software applications as they relate to forensic biology; and laboratory information management systems (LIMS)
    • Plan, organize, make efficient use of time, and manage multiple tasks
    • Work cooperatively with other JPSO employees
    • Perform physical inventories
    • Learn job-related material through oral instruction, observation, and/or structured lecture
    • Perform and make decisions following the highest ethical standards

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Posted: January 3, 2017

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