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This announcement is being used to fill 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 2 (FS2) is an experienced-level position with ISP Forensic Services. An experienced scientist who meets the minimum qualifications and *qualifying work experience of the DNA Forensic Scientist 2 must successfully complete a qualifying examination and a six-month probationary period of 1,040 hours. The successful candidate will be required to obtain certification by the American Board of Criminalistics within three (3) years of being selected for or promoted to a Forensic Scientist 2 position.
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.
 Performs biological screening and DNA analyses on forensic samples
 Performs mixture interpretation and uses mixture interpretation software
 Interprets DNA profiles and makes comparisons of DNA profiles
 Authors reports on forensic biology screening and forensic DNA analysis
 Performs technical review of screening and DNA reports
 Testifies in court about forensic biology screening and DNA analysis
 Imports casework samples into CODIS and evaluates potential matches. (COmbined DNA Index System) and evaluates potential matches. CODIS the software used to operate local, state and national DNA database enabling laboratories to provide additional investigative leads.
 A baccalaureate degree in a biology or chemistry related science.
o DNA: 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).
 Two years of *qualifying work experience as a forensic scientist supported by appropriate training.
o *Qualifying work experience includes: working independently, planning, managing, and prioritizing caseloads, successfully engaging in independent research, evaluation, and validation activities
o Performing and documenting a range of examinations regarding forensic evidence
o Providing training and consultation services to professional criminal justice and scientific audiences
o Testifying as an expert regarding the forensic examinations performed
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
 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)
 Minimum of two (2) years’ experience performing forensic biology screening and/or DNA casework
 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 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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