Employment Opportunity

Forensic Chemist I/II (DNA)

Landover Police Department, Landover, Maryland

Salary: $43,968.00 - $91,477.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: June 30, 2017

The Police Department is currently seeking highly qualified individuals to fill vacant Forensic Chemist I/II positions, grade P20/22, in its DNA Analysis Laboratory.

This is an entry to full performance level technical and professional position in the field of Forensic DNA Analysis. Incumbents are assigned to a DNA analysis laboratory where they conduct serologic and DNA analysis on physical evidence submitted to the laboratory by law enforcement personnel. This analytical work involves potential contact with bio hazards, chemical solvents and reagents. Such employees prepare summary findings and materials for use in testifying as an expert witness in court.

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  • Selected candidate conducts serologic analysis on physical evidence to identify body fluids;
  • Performs DNA analysis on serologic evidence according to established protocols;
  • Documents all steps in case files;
  • Draws conclusions and writes reports;
  • Maintains chain of custody and responsibility for all the evidence assigned;
  • Submits work-related documentation for peer and administrative review;
  • Reviews peer's documentation and co-worker's work products;
  • Prepares summary findings;
  • Appears as an expert witness in court;
  • Performs routine maintenance and calibration of laboratory equipment;
  • Performs scientific validation of systems (technical, administrative and equipment) that are used in DNA analysis;
  • Enters analytical data into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).


  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science or a related field; plus one (1) year of professional experience in forensic DNA laboratory work applying knowledge of forensic serology, human DNA purification, quantizations, PCR, STR's and associated instrumentation required. EACH APPLICANT MUST INCLUDE INFORMATION WHICH CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES THE ABOVE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION.
  • Meets the educational requirements mandated by the FBI's National Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Laboratories to include coursework in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and statistics.
  • Experience with 7500 Real Time PCR and the 3500 genetic analyzer, along with the 3130 genetic analyzer, and CODIS data entry desired.

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Posted: January 27, 2017

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