VCU Department of Forensic Science

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The purpose of this position is to identify biological fluids, DNA analysis, statistical analysis, related reporting, and testimony for items of evidence relating to criminal cases. This position does not supervise any employees.

The tasks listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional tasks related to the type of work of the class as necessary.

Examines items of evidence for the presence of biological materials and identifies body fluids using chemical and immunological procedures.

Performs DNA extraction, quantitation, amplification, and analysis using specialized molecular biology techniques and instrumentation.

Interprets DNA profiles, conducts statistical evaluations, and reports DNA analysis results, and determines eligibility of DNA profiles for CODIS entry.

Provides expert testimony in the area of body fluid identification and DNA analysis, interpretation, and statistical evaluation.

Completion of Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) or an advanced degree in a biology-, chemistry-, or forensic science-related area. One year of experience and at least 6 months of training in Forensic DNA analysis preferred.

For more information, see Forensic Scientist

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