Forensic Scientist – DNA

State of Utah

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Come join the Public Safety Team in Utah! Enjoy building a career in a brand new modern forensic laboratory working with other experienced scientists while enjoying frequent continuing collaborative education. The Utah Department of Public Safety has the only accredited, full-service laboratory in the state of Utah and has been accredited since 1996. The central crime laboratory is located within 30 minutes of seven major ski resorts, world class hiking, rock climbing and an international airport. The State of Utah boasts 5 National Parks and some of the best mountain biking and off-road vehicle terrain in the country. The Utah Department of Public Safety allows flexible work times to include a 4- 10 work week which would mean an employee could have an extra day to ski the “Greatest Snow On Earth” or enjoy other outdoor activities.
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Utah State Crime Lab-
The Utah Bureau of Forensic Services Laboratory System (aka, the State Crime Lab) was created by the Legislature to provide timely and comprehensive criminalistic services to criminal justice entities within the State of Utah. By statute (53-10-104), the laboratory shall: “(5) analyze evidence from crime scenes and crime-related incidents for criminal prosecution; (6) provide criminalistics laboratory services to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecuting attorneys’ and agencies, and public defenders…”
Principal duties
Perform scientific examination and analysis of biological evidence.
Screening of biological fluids using serological techniques.
Perform DNA analysis using Polymerase Chain Reaction/Short Tandem Repeats
(PCR/STR) based methods and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) methods.
Produce technical reports based on findings
Act as an expert witness in court of law.
RequirementsBA/BS degree in a natural science.
BA/BS degree must have included and successfully completed work in the
following clearly defined courses: Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry,
and Statistics/Population Genetics
Must pass a comprehensive background investigation as well as a polygraph examination and drug test.
The Ideal CandidateWill have knowledge of forensic DNA principles, laboratory techniques and technology.
Will have knowledge of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Short Tandem Repeat (STR) analysis, and capillary electrophoresis methods.
Will have knowledge of biological evidence collection and preservation techniques, rules of evidence, forensic serology, basic human anatomy and physiology.
Will be familiar with database applications such as LIMS and CODIS.

May be filled with a Forensic Scientist I $28.00, Forensic Scientist II $31.50 or Senior Forensic Scientist $35.60.

Supplemental Information
Supplemental Information

May be filled with a Forensic Scientist I $28.00, Forensic Scientist II $31.50 or Senior Forensic Scientist $35.60.

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