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Police Forensic Scientist II - DNA

Scottsdale Police Department, Scottsdale, Arizona

Salary: $57,678.40 - $83,636.80 Annually

Final Filing Date: December 31, 2017

Performs professional level work involved in the examination, identification and evaluation of physical evidence in the investigation of crimes.

Duties will include analyzing evidence for the presence of biological fluids, and performing subsequent DNA analysis, writing detailed reports, assisting in the development and implementation of forensic methods and programs. Conduct the interpretation, evaluation, and quality review of analytical results and reports.

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  • Examines, identifies, interprets and evaluates suspected evidence which includes narcotics, dangerous drugs and toxicology, serology, DNA, trace, firearms, latent print processing and comparison, AFIS entry and searches and arson samples.
  • Provides general scientific information as requested.
  • Enters and searches for information on the computerized AFIS system.
  • Compares analytical findings with known standards.
  • Discusses laboratory test results with other lab professionals, officers and attorneys.
  • Provides expert testimony in court.
  • Comprehends and follows detailed, highly technical, oral and written instructions to prepare clear, concise, comprehensive reports and records. Prepares and presents detailed reports.
  • Provides technical assistance and expertise at crime scenes.
  • Prioritize own casework load.
Work Environment/Physical Demands (The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position or that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
  • Use specialized protective equipment to perform laboratory analyses.
  • May be exposed to fumes or dust, bodily fluids, toxic or caustic chemicals or materials that transmit infectious disease (e.g., AIDS, Hepatitis B) are corrosive, carcinogenic or explosive.
  • Respond to crime scenes and court appearances as needed.
  • Safely work with various chemicals and powders.
  • Operate a microscope and other laboratory equipment requiring visual and muscular dexterity.
  • Visually distinguishes the full range of the color spectrum to perform testing of drugs and body fluids.
  • Work is performed in a normal City office environment, laboratory and in the field.
  • Lift and carry materials, computer reports weighing up to 30 pounds.
  • Travel to/from meetings and various locations.


Ideal candidate will have:
  • Knowledge and experience in DNA analysis to include operation of a genetic analyzers, and use of commercially available STR kit chemistries.
  • Knowledge of data interpretation, including mixed DNA samples and low level/quality DNA samples, probabilistic genotyping, and statistical analysis of DNA results.
  • Knowledge of ASCLD/LAB-International accreditation requirements (ISO 17025 and the ASCLD/LAB Supplemental Requirements) including the FBI Quality Assurance Standards (QAS).
  • Knowledge of chemical and immunological testing used to identify biological fluids.
  • Successful completion of the required coursework in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, and Statistics required by the FBI QAS.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Strong writing skills.
Education and Experience
  • A Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, or related physical or natural science from an accredited educational institution, with a minimum of 20 semester hours in chemistry related coursework.
  • Must have four years of experience as a forensics examiner in a recognized crime laboratory.
  • Must have a working expertise in at least two forensic disciplines or working expertise in one forensic discipline and completion of one of the following: publication in recognized scientific journal; presentation at recognized scientific meeting; certification by recognized forensic organization; or participation in validation or method development.
  • An equivalent combination of education and job related experience may substitute for the educational requirements on a year-for-year basis.
  • Must have completed successfully at least nine semester or equivalent credit hours in college course work or classes covering the subject areas of: biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology.
  • College course work or training in statistics and/or population genetics.
Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements
  • Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted Arizona driver's license with no major citations within the past 39 months prior to the start date.

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Posted: December 4, 2017

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