Title: Criminalist I, II, or III (DNA Casework/Screening)

Description: Responsibilities:
This is an entry-level position where the employee performs technical work in the scientific analysis of body fluids. An employee in this position participates in a formal and on-the-job training program. Work is performed under immediate supervision.
The Criminalist assigned to the DNA Casework Section performs technical work in the scientific analysis of body fluids and autosomal DNA. The Criminalist assigned to the DNA Screening Section performs technical work in the biological screening of body fluids and Y-chromosome DNA.

Description of Duties Performed:
Participate in on-the-job training in:
• examining and analyzing criminal evidence for the presence of body fluid samples (e.g., blood, semen, vaginal secretions).
• complex scientific techniques including, but not limited to, quantitative PCR analysis, DNA PCR analysis, body fluid identification, population genetics, statistics, etc.
• the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database.
• quality assurance, audits, and the various governing bodies associated with forensic DNA analysis.

Read and demonstrate understanding of the technical material contained in operating procedures, training, quality control, and safety manuals, etc., within the discipline.

Participate in and successfully pass practical competency and/or written test(s) prior to assuming casework and/or operating scientific instrumentation.

Regularly examine forensic evidence that may be soil laden, maggot infested, putrefied, rank, and/or otherwise unpleasant.

Regularly work with a variety of potentially hazardous materials (e.g., HIV, hepatitis, and/or unknown pathogen contaminated body fluid evidence; unidentified chemicals on evidence).

Testify as an expert witness in a court of law while maintaining composure under intense cross-examination.

Confer with supervisor to determine which items are most likely to associate or disassociate the victim or suspect with a crime scene.

Confer with supervisor, reference the appropriate test methodology based on the quantity and quality of the submitted sample.

Interpret test results obtained from the proper microscopic and biochemical methods.

Prepare evidence and exhibits; maintain report files; issue periodic and special reports.

Learn about and participate in the proficiency testing program for the section.

Generate and receive requests to and from other law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, attorneys, etc., referencing criminal evidence and crime laboratory procedures.

Perform quality control checks on critical equipment and reagents used in the laboratory.

Observe other criminalists conducting crime scene investigations; participate in the investigations as needed upon approval of the supervisor.

Study and assist in revising standard operating procedures, training, quality control, and safety manuals, etc., within the chosen/related discipline.

Operate laboratory robots, automation/robotic systems and instruments.

Utilize software specific to Laboratory Information Management Systems, quality assurance, and sample tracking.

Regularly prepare chemicals used in the laboratory.

Operate standard office equipment (e.g., personal computer, telephone, fax machine, copier, etc.).

Perform job-related travel, as needed.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Closing Date for position: 04/15/2021

Location of Position:, MO

Additional Information: PDF Description of Opportunity

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