VCU Department of Forensic Science

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Open for Recruitment: December 7, 2020 to December 30, 2020
Rate of pay: $27.36 to $39.15 per hour. This position does not provide benefits.

 A Forensic Scientist 2 must hold a baccalaureate, masters, or doctoral degree in a physical or biological science from an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution
o The education of each employee shall be verified prior to being hired by Forensic Services
o A copy of the college transcript (including specific required coursework) and proof of graduation for all personnel with education requirements listed in the MQ specialties section must be provided to ISPFS. Successful completion of a course means a college or university defined passing grade.
 Two (2) years of qualifying work experience in the specified discipline. Qualifying work experience includes:
o Working independently, planning, managing, and prioritizing caseloads or individual characteristic database samples (as applicable), 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 in the specified discipline

Biology/DNA Casework:
 Degree must be in a biology or chemistry related science. Must have successfully completed a minimum of seventeen (17) semester units of chemistry or biology related college level coursework. Coursework must include at least one course each in biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology and statistics or population genetics totaling 12 semesters units
 When performing DNA analysis and where applicable, analysts shall meet the educational requirements of the Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories (coursework hours as required/stipulated by the current ISPFS Quality Manual and current applicable Quality Assurance Standard)
 Must have a minimum of two (2) years’ experience performing forensic biologyscreen ing and/or DNA casework
 Will be required to obtain specialty certification by the American Board of Criminalistics in Molecular Biology within three (3) years of being selected for or promoted to a Forensic Scientist 2 position
How to Apply: Email your detailed curriculum vitae (CV) and an unofficial copy of your transcripts by December 30, 2020 to with the subject line of: FS2 DNA
Casework. CV’s received without accompanying transcripts will not be considered. If a candidate receives a conditional offer of employment, sealed transcripts will then be required.

If you have any experience in these areas, please include it within your CV:
 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 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 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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