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This announcement is being used to underfill a Forensic Scientist 2 (FS2) DNA casework discipline
position. Candidates from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future openings. The
Forensic Scientist 1 (FS1) is an entry-level position, which will work under the direct supervision of a
more experienced Forensic Scientist. The incumbent will be certified as an FS2 upon successful
completion of a specified training program and two (2) years experience in the FS1 position (or)
demonstration of meeting the minimum qualifications and *qualifying work experience of an FS2
position and a six-month probationary period of 1,040 hours. Pay will be adjusted accordingly at the
time the incumbent is certified as a FS2.
*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.
All Idaho State Police Forensic Laboratories are accredited by A2LA and to the ISO 17025 Standard.
State Police Forensic Laboratories serve state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies; state and
county prosecutors; and public defenders.
You must attach your unofficial college transcripts to this application by the closing date.
Applications without the supporting transcripts will not be accepted.
Questionnaire Instructions:
The information you provide must clearly reflect you possess all the minimum qualification requirements
listed below. All the requirements must be met in order to pass this exam. Within your resume, please
ensure you include any additional education or experience you may have that relates to this position as
it may increase your score.
PLEASE NOTE: The successful applicant will be required to complete a background
investigation and polygraph examination, which includes drug screening. Please review
the ISP Drug Policy and ISP Grooming and Appearance Standards.
• Maintain established standards of laboratory cleanliness, safety, and efficiency.
• Provide scientific and technical expertise in genetics, forensic biology, and DNA analysis.
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• Follow analytical methods and the quality and safety procedures.
• Document quality controls and work.
• 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.
• Perform analysis in only examinations they are approved to perform.
• Technical review of casework.
• Administrative review of casework.
• Report deficiencies to supervisor.
• Perform technical audits.
• Perform validation studies to investigate and implement new methodologies.
• Train police officers and medical personnel in collection of evidence.
• Participate in routine quality control measures, instrument maintenance and troubleshooting.
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
Must have college coursework in chemistry, biology, statistics or population genetics, molecular biology,
genetics, and biochemistry (coursework hours as required/stipulated by the FBI Quality Assurance
Standards and current ISPFS Quality Manual).
When performing DNA analysis and where applicable, analysts shall meet the educational requirements
of the Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories.
Desirable Qualifications which will Provide Extra Credit:
The following are not requirements for the DNA position. However, if you do have
qualifications/experience in any of these areas include that information in your resume:
• B.S in biological science
• Graduate degree in biological science
• Qualifying work experience in forensic DNA casework or DNA database
• Certification with the American Board of Criminalistics
• Fellow with the American Board of Criminalistics in the area of Molecular Biology
• Member of related professional forensic science organization(s)
• Experience performing audits under the FBI’s DNA quality assurance standards and/or ISO 17025
• Experience using automation as it applies to the analysis of DNA samples in a forensic laboratory
• Experience using CODIS as an analyst or administrator and knowledge of the NDIS operational
procedures as applied to DNA eligibility requirements
• Experience using probabilistic genotyping software

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