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DNA Analyst

at City of Colorado Springs

Posted: 10/23/2018
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2072938
Categories: Government
Keywords: city

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Description / Position Overview

The hiring salary for this position is between $5,459 and $6,554 per month.
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DNA Analyst

This is an excellent opportunity for a talented DNA Analyst to conduct forensic examinations of evidence submitted to the Metro Crime Lab for the purposes of identifying, collecting, and preserving samples using Forensic Serological testing methods.
Essential Job Functions - the basic job duties an employee must be able to perform:
  • Perform serological testing and analyze body fluid stains and samples on a variety of evidence types related to various criminal cases
  • Perform forensic DNA analysis from DNA extraction, quantification, and PCR setup, through analysis using specialized analytical instrumentation to develop DNA profiles
  • Interpret analytical results of DNA testing through use of genetic typing software
  • Conduct technical review of serological and DNA analysis done by other employees
  • Prepare written reports summarizing results of testing and analysis
  • Provide expert testimony in federal, state, and local court proceedings on actual results of serology and DNA testing conducted
We are looking for candidates who demonstrate:
  • Knowledge of evidence handling and processing regulations, standards, and policies
  • Knowledge of scientific principles and methods used in serological and DNA analysis
  • Familiarity with ISO lab accreditation standards
  • Ability to effectively communicate results of testing and analysis to investigators, attorneys, judges, and juries in written and verbal form
Successful candidate will have:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with coursework in biology, chemistry, forensic science, or a related field, including coursework in the areas of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, statistics and/or population genetics, or other subjects that provide a basic knowledge of the foundation of forensic DNA analysis
  • Three years of experience in a laboratory performing serological testing/screening and STR forensic DNA testing for the identification and evaluation of biological evidence in criminal matters, including the successful analysis of a range of samples typically encountered in forensic casework
Ideal candidates will also demonstrate:
  • Graduate degree in related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and adherence to necessary DNA discipline specific requirements (continuing education, proficiency testing, etc.) for ISO/IEC 17025 and CODIS/NDIS participation requirements
  • Three or more years of case experience in an accredited DNA laboratory performing serological examination and DNA analysis
  • Experience with Organic, Chelex, and Robotic extraction methods, ABI 3130 Genetic Analyzer, ABI 7500 RT PCR instrument (QuantiFiler Duo or Trio), IdentiFiler, IdentiFiler Plus, MiniFiler, and/or GlobalFiler amplification systems, GeneMapper ID-X software and STRMix or other probabilistic genotyping analysis software
  • Experience validating serological test methods, DNA instrumentation, software, and extraction protocols, CODIS entry, and use of PopStats
  • Experience as a CODIS Administrator or backup CODIS Administrator 
  • Experience utilizing JusticeTrax LIMS during case work, and statistics/metrics customization of turnaround times, etc.
  • Experience with courtroom testimony

Additional Information

Environmental Conditions - Work is performed in an office or laboratory setting and includes working with biohazardous materials, mildly toxic or corrosive chemicals, and instrumentation carrying high voltages.

The job offer will be contingent upon successful completion of a polygraph examination, extensive background check, and other pre-employment assessments.
Applicants that have used marijuana within 18 months from the posting closing date will not be eligible for hire. More information about the Colorado Springs Police Department's Marijuana Use Policy can be found at

This job announcement is not intended to include a complete listing of all responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the position.
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