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Forensic Scientist-Biology/DNA Series

Employer
City of Albuquerque, NM
Location
Alameda, NM
Closing date
Feb 14, 2024

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Sector
Science, Life Sciences
Organization Type
Corporate
Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Location : Albuquerque, NM

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: 2400442

Department: Police

Division: PD-Criminalistics

Opening Date: 02/01/2024

Closing Date: 2/15/2024 11:59 PM Mountain

Bargaining Unit: NU

Position Summary

Identify, examine, analyze, evaluate and interpret evidence in the investigation of crimes; use forensic science in the analysis of evidence in order to reach scientific conclusions in the area of Biology/DNA; effectively communicate results and findings, verbally and in writing, to the appropriate parties.

Refer to the Crime Laboratory Director's chart of standards for specific criteria for Forensic Scientist - Biology/DNA series.

This is a safety sensitive position subject to random drug/alcohol testing.
Minimum Education, Experience And Additional Requirements

Forensic Scientist Biology/DNA SCT - Trainee:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology or related field to include twelve (12) credit hours in genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology (i.e. molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology), statistics and/or population genetics.

Forensic Scientist Biology/DNA I SCI - Entry Level:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology or related field to include twelve (12) credit hours in genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology (i.e. molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology), statistics and/or population genetics, plus one (1) year forensic experience in the field of Biology/DNA Analysis.

See the Crime Laboratory Director's Chart of Standards below for additional requirements in Laboratory Participation, Forensic Participation, and Discipline Expertise.

Forensic Scientist Biology/DNA II SC2 - Journeyman Level:
Master's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology or related field to include twelve (12) credit hours in genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology (i.e. molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology), statistics and/or population genetics, plus three (3) years forensic experience in the field of Biology/DNA Analysis; OR

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology or related field to include twelve (12) credit hours in genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology (i.e. molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology), statistics and/or population genetics, plus four (4) years forensic experience and forensic certification, in the field of Biology/DNA Analysis; OR

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology or related field to include twelve (12) credit hours in genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology (i.e. molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology), statistics and/or population genetics, plus five (5) years forensic experience in the field of Biology/DNA Analysis.

See the Crime Laboratory Director's Chart of Standards below for additional requirements in Laboratory Participation, Forensic Participation, and Discipline Expertise.

Forensic Scientist Biology/DNA III SC3 - Advanced Level:
Master's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology or related field to include twelve (12) credit hours in genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology (i.e. molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology), statistics and/or population genetics, plus eight (8) years forensic experience and forensic certification, in the field of Biology/DNA Analysis; OR

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology or related field to include twelve (12) credit hours in genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology (i.e. molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology), statistics and/or population genetics, plus ten (10) years forensic experience and forensic certification, in the field of Biology/DNA Analysis.

See the Crime Laboratory Director's Chart of Standards below for additional requirements in Laboratory Participation, Forensic Participation, and Discipline Expertise.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Possession of a valid New Mexico Driver's License or the ability to obtain by date of hire.
Possession of a City Operator's Permit (COP) within 6 months from date of hire.

Refer to the Crime Laboratory Director's chart of standards for specific criteria for Forensic Scientist - Biology/DNA series.

Preferred Knowledge

  • All areas of examinations conducted by a Biology/DNA unit
  • Theories and techniques of Biology/DNA examinations and related duties
  • Advanced molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, and statistics principles
  • Stereo and comparison microscopes, assorted accessories and equipment used in the Laboratory
  • Understand, in detail, the principles and use of current DNA analysis as applied to forensic science
  • Use of Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)
  • Operations, services, procedures and activities of a forensic laboratory
  • Crime scene investigations
  • Methods and techniques of forensic evidence collection and evaluation
  • Operation of forensic instruments, equipment and tools
  • Operation of basic power and hand tools
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local codes, laws and regulations
  • Computers and various programs and data bases
  • Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM)
  • Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators (AFDAA)
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
  • American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors - Laboratory accreditation Board, and other applicable quality assurance standards
Preferred Skills & Abilities
  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Recognize anomalies, formulate hypotheses and take appropriate action
  • Perform forensic evidence collection, identification and analysis
  • Operate a variety of forensic laboratory equipment and instruments in a safe and effective manner
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision
  • Prepare complex technical written and verbal reports
  • Follow verbal and written instructions
  • Establish and maintain effective professional working relationships
  • Identify similarities and differences between shades, colors, shapes, sounds, forms, textures or physical appearance associated with job related objects, materials and tasks
  • Interpret a variety of technical instructions
  • Plan, organize and coordinate work assignments
  • Communicate clearly and concisely
  • Perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation


City of Albuquerque Employee Benefits

The City is committed to providing employees one of the most comprehensive and reasonably priced benefit packages available in New Mexico. We hope that you will find the coverage offered provides you with the choices and options necessary to keep you and your family healthy and well.

The City offers regular, full-time and part-time employees the option of participating in a variety of group insurance plans. Both Regular and Temporary (non-seasonal) employees participate in the state's retirement system.

Additional Benefit information is available by clicking on the links below.

01

Select the highest level of successfully completed related education as identified by the minimum requirements (if applicable, attach supporting degree or transcripts).
  • No High School Diploma
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Non/degree accredited
  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Juris Doctorate
  • Doctorate


02

Select the number of years of work experience you possess which relates to the minimum requirements, if applicable, add verifiable time in a temporary upgrade status and/or volunteer experience when selecting number of years.
  • No experience
  • 1 to less than 6 months
  • 6 to less than 12 months
  • 1 year to less than 2 years
  • 2 years to less than 3 years
  • 3 years to less than 4 years
  • 4 years to less than 5 years
  • 5 years to less than 6 years
  • 6 years to less than 7 years
  • 7 years to less than 8 years
  • 8 years to less than 9 years
  • 9 years to less than 10 years
  • 10 years to less than 11 years
  • 11 years to less than 12 years
  • 12 years to less than 13 years
  • 13 or more years


03

Do you possess a valid New Mexico Driver's License, or have the ability to obtain by date of hire (attach a copy of your Driver's License)?
  • Yes
  • No


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