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The New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) Department of Forensic Biology is
anticipating the opening of TWO DOZEN positions for forensic DNA technicians (Criminalist, Level I) and
forensic DNA analysts (Criminalist, Level II).

The NYC OCME Department of Forensic Biology is the largest DNA crime laboratory in the United States,
operating with a staff of over 205 forensic scientists, and serves as the public forensic DNA lab for New York
City.

The Department of Forensic Biology performs all DNA testing for criminal cases including, but not limited
to, homicides, sexual assaults, assaults, robberies, burglaries, and gun crimes. The Department provides
services to the New York City Police Department and the OCME Medical Examiners.

The Department of Forensic Biology is actively recruiting self-motivated qualified candidates who are team
players, possess unflappable integrity, objectivity, and respect. Minimum qualification requirements for hire
at the Criminalist I level include the following:
• a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, with specialization in criminalistics, forensic
science, chemistry, biology, physics, molecular genetics, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology,
entomology, anthropology, ecology or a closely related scientific or engineering field and have at least
one year of satisfactory full-time experience in criminalistics, forensic science or analytic chemistry,
or a satisfactory equivalent combination of education and experience
• Candidates applying to level II must have:
o One additional year of qualifying experience in criminalistics or forensic science for a total of
2 years of such experience; or
o A satisfactory combination of education and experience totaling 2 years of experience; or
o A Master’s degree in a natural science with a specialization as listed above

• Successfully completed the following courses – Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and
Statistics. Transcripts must be submitted and evaluated prior to interviews. Course descriptions for
Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Statistics may be requested as well.

Under supervision, typical tasks for a Criminalist, level I include performing scientific DNA analyses of evidentiary material for the presence of body fluids, skin cells, and other biological evidence using state-of-the-art laboratory techniques, interpreting scientific data, preparing preliminary reports, and participating in competency testing and proficiency testing programs.

Under supervision, typical tasks for a Criminalist, level II include performing scientific analyses and testing
of evidentiary materials, maintaining records of all examinations and analytical tests conducted, testifying
concerning the results of scientific investigations before grand juries, civil jurisdiction, and criminal
jurisdictions, and participating in competency testing and proficiency testing programs.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Donna Patris at dpatris@ocme.nyc.gov.

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