Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 3 - DNA

Idaho State Police, Meridian, Idaho

Salary: $29.22 - $34.81 per hour

Final Filing Date: July 23, 2018

The Forensic Scientist 3 is an experienced scientist/supervisor-level position with ISP Forensic Services.

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  • Report to the Meridian Laboratory Manager for operational issues and the DNA Technical Leader for technical and quality related issues.
  • Act as supervisor for DNA database analyst(s), biology analyst(s), and DNA casework analyst(s).
  • Develop strategies for improved performance, delegate duties, set priorities and evaluate staff performance.
  • Oversee internal training of those they supervise.
  • Compile data and generate statistics regarding employee or unit performance.
  • Serve as a liaison between ISP and other federal, state and local laboratories and agencies.
  • Address policy and operational questions.
  • Assist the Laboratory Manager and Laboratory System Director in implementing management team policies/decisions and the ISP strategic plan.
  • Coordinate with the grant manager to develop DNA grant proposals; track and report performance measures.
  • Provide scientific and technical expertise in genetics, forensic biology, and DNA analysis.
  • Follow analytical methods and quality and safety procedures.
  • Document quality controls and work with the Laboratory Quality Manager to ensure quality system compliance.
  • Check that the report issued for analysis they perform is accurate.
  • Report results of all analysis performed through written/electronic reports.
  • Provide expert testimony in complex DNA analysis, genetics, and relevant population statistics, as applicable.
  • Perform analysis in only examinations they are approved to perform.
  • Perform administrative and technical review of casework in qualified discipline(s).
  • Perform technical audits.
  • Direct or perform research and/or validation studies to investigate and implement new methodologies.
  • Train police officers and medical personnel in collection of evidence or DNA database samples.
  • Participate in routine quality control measures, instrument maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Coordinate with the State CODIS Administrator to ensure compliance with the Idaho DNA Database Act of 1996 and all current QAS requirements.
  • This position is eligible for service as the State CODIS Administrator (or backup) if minimum qualifications are met, and the individual is selected for that appointment.


  • A baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, or closely related science field and all required science courses for the assigned work discipline:
    • Analysts working in the Forensic Biology discipline must have successfully completed a minimum of seventeen (17) semester (or 26 quarter) units of chemistry or biology related college level coursework. Coursework must include at least one course each in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology totaling 9 semester (or 14 quarter) units.
    • Additionally, coursework or training in statistics or population genetics is required. When performing DNA analysis and where applicable, analysts shall meet the educational requirements of the Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories and/or Quality Assurance Standards for Convicted Offender DNA Databasing Laboratories.
  • Two years of *qualifying work experience as an independent forensic DNA casework or database analyst in an accredited laboratory supported by appropriate training. *Qualifying work experience for the DNA Forensic Scientist 3 includes two years:
    • Working independently, planning, managing, and prioritizing forensic biology/DNA caseloads or DNA database samples.
    • Successfully engaging in independent research, evaluation, and validation activities associated with forensic biology/DNA or DNA database.
    • Performing and documenting a range of examinations regarding human DNA (preferably STR) analysis of casework and/or DNA database samples.
    • Providing training and consultation services to professional criminal justice and scientific audiences.
  • Qualified for a minimum of two years to provide courtroom testimony relating DNA evidence and its associated statistical significance, as applicable.
  • Note: ISPFS analyst and management applicant’s baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree must be in a physical or biological science from an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution. Degrees for Biology/DNA applicants must be in biology, chemistry or a closely related science. Acceptable institutions are those accredited by or those which have pertinent educational programs accredited by commissions or agencies recognized by the U.S. Office of Education. Applicants with education obtained at a foreign institution must, at their expense, have credentials evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., Milwaukee, WI; International Education Research Foundation, Inc., Los Angeles, CA; or world Education Services, Inc., New York, NY. Reports must be sent directly to ISP Human Resources by the evaluating organization.

  • Note: the successful candidate is required to obtain certification by the American Board of Criminalistics within three (3) years of being signed off for independent casework or database processing (if not currently certified).
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have at least one scientific degree B.S or above in Biological Science.
The following are not requirements for the DNA/DNA database supervisor position. However, if you do have qualifications/experience in any of these areas include the information in your resume as it may increase your score:
  • Supervision or management training or experience
  • Diplomat with the American Board of Criminalistics
  • Fellow with the American Board of Criminalistics in the area of Molecular Biology
  • Member of related professional organization(s)
  • Graduate degree in Biological Science
  • Experience performing audits under the FBI's DNA quality assurance standards and/or ISO 17025 standards
  • Experience using automation as it applies to the analysis of DNA samples in a forensic laboratory
  • Experience in a DNA database section as an analyst or supervisor
  • Experience in a DNA casework section as an analyst or supervisor
  • Experience using CODIS as an analyst or administrator and knowledge of the NDIS operation procedures as it applies to DNA eligibility requirements

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Posted: June 29, 2018

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