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Qualifying work experience for the Forensic Scientist 2 DNA casework discipline includes a minimum of two (2) years working independently, planning, managing, and prioritizing forensic biology/DNA caseloads; successfully engaging in independent research, evaluation, and validation activities associated with forensic biology/DNA; performing and documenting a range of examinations regarding human DNA analysis of casework samples; issuing reports of analyses conducted; providing training and consultation services to professional criminal justice and scientific audiences; and testifying as an expert regarding forensic DNA examinations, as applicable.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A baccalaureate degree in physical science, natural science, forensic science, or closely related field. Degrees for Biology/DNA must be in a biology or chemistry related science. NOTE: Depending on the discipline, specific coursework such as general chemistry, organic chemistry, quantitative analysis/analytical chemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and/or biochemistry may also be required.

DNA: Must have college coursework in chemistry, biology, statistics or population genetics, molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry

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