Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist II - Biology/DNA

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Las Vegas, Nevada

Salary: $70,782.36 - $104,769.59 Annually

Final Filing Date: December 13, 2017

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Incumbents perform a variety of scientific laboratory examinations and analyses on physical evidence in Biology/DNA at a Forensic Laboratory, interpret test results, formulate conclusions, and prepare reports. Incumbents also provide scientific assistance to external parties and testify in court as an expert witness.


  • Three years of full-time forensic scientist professional work experience in Biology/DNA.
  • Experience testifying as an expert witness in courts of law is desired.
  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in biology, chemistry, or a forensic science related field.
  • Applicants must also meet the educational standards for analyst as established in the Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories and the Quality Assurance Standards for DNA Databasing Laboratories issued by the FBI. (See Supplemental Question #1), Applicants MUST attach a copy of their LEGIBLE transcript(s), which demonstrates proof of educational requirements, to their application at the time of submission. Failure to attach a legible transcript will result in automatic disqualification.
License or Certificate:
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Nevada driver license.
Best Candidates Will Have
  • Three years of professional experience performing biology/DNA analysis on physical evidence and/or database samples in a forensic science laboratory, including experience in serology, extraction, quantitation, amplification, instrumentation, statistics, report writing, and case review;
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software used in a DNA laboratory, to include the data analysis software GeneMapper ID-X;
  • Recent participation in a proficiency testing program in forensic biology/DNA analysis, specifically in STR analysis using a CE platform (3130XL or 3500);
  • Knowledge of probabilistic genotyping software used for DNA data interpretation and statistical calculations;
  • Knowledge of the ANAB and ASCLD/LAB International accreditation program;
  • Knowledge of The Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories and The Quality Assurance Standards for DNA Databasing Laboratories issued by the FBI Director;
  • Experience in providing technical training to analysts in a laboratory setting and general forensic training to law enforcement personnel and attorneys;
  • Experience rendering expert testimony on forensic biology/DNA analysis;
  • Knowledge of likelihood ratio statistics associated with forensic DNA analysis; and
  • Knowledge of the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
Conditions of Employment - In addition to the General Conditions of Employment found here, the following specific conditions of employment apply to this position:
  • Personal Appearance: While on duty, and/or representing the Department, uniformed or otherwise, all Department employees will be neat and clean in their appearance in public. Employees are prohibited from attaching, affixing, or displaying objects, articles or jewelry on or through the nose, tongue, eyebrow or other exposed body part, except the ears for females, while on duty. Employees are prohibited from stretching or "gauging" their earlobes. All jewelry implants will not be exposed or visible while on duty. Tattoos or branding will not be exposed or visible while on duty and/or representing the Department. Such markings must be covered by clothing, and may not be covered by make-up or bandages. Tattoos or branding anywhere on the body that promote racism/discrimination, indecency, extremist or supremacist philosophies, lawlessness, violence, or contain sexually explicit material are prohibited.
  • Are required to submit a DNA sample for entry into the LVMPD DNA Staff Elimination Index System.
  • Will be subjected to random drug testing as part of the LVMPD Department Drug Testing Program.
  • Are required to maintain a Nevada driver license for commuting between the regular workplace and offsite work locations, such as the courts.

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Posted: November 16, 2017

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