1. Performs a wide range of highly complex forensic human-DNA testing and analyses required in scientific criminal investigations.
2. Positions allocable to this class typically report to a Supervising Criminalist and independently perform forensic human-DNA testing and analyses of evidentiary samples encountered in the course of criminal investigations for forensic or criminalistics purposes not primarily related to patient care.
3. Incumbents in these positions must exercise considerable knowledge of the departmental and laboratory policies and procedures. Incumbents may be required to testify in Court regarding their analyses.
Essential Job Functions
1. Oversees the technical operations of the laboratory.
2. Authorizes the initiation, suspension, and resumption of forensic human-DNA analytical operations for the laboratory or individuals.
3. Evaluates and documents approval of all validations and methods used by the laboratory and proposes new or modified analytical procedures to be used by criminalists.
4. Approves the technical specifications for outsourcing agreements.
5. Reviews and documents the review of internal and external forensic human-DNA audit documents, and approves any corrective actions.
6. Reviews annually the procedures of the laboratory.
7. Reviews and approves the training, quality assurance, and proficiency testing programs in the laboratory.
8. Performs forensic human-DNA testing and analyses of evidentiary samples of human DNA
9. Prepares written findings and displays for court presentation; testifies concerning findings as established by laboratory analyses and interprets findings as a qualified expert witness.
10. Conducts research, as assigned, into new methods and procedures of scientific criminal investigation or other special assignments as directed by the supervisor.
11. Contacts other scientific investigatory agencies to coordinate findings or to seek alternative methods of analysis involving specific case studies.
12. Modifies existing testing procedures, following section head approval, to meet special needs of a particular scientific investigation.
13. Trains less experienced criminalist personnel in the methods of analysis employed in the forensic human-DNA testing laboratory and in the methods of collecting and preserving evidence.
A Master's Degree from an accredited* college with specialization in
biology-, chemistry-, or forensic-science related area, OR a waiver from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD).
At least twelve (12) semester hours of a combination of undergraduate and graduate course work covering biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, statistics or population genetics, as outlined in the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards.
Three years' experience of forensic human-DNA laboratory experience obtained at a laboratory where forensic human-DNA testing was conducted for the identification and evaluation of biological evidence in criminal matters.
Physical Class Physical Class II – Light:
Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.
A valid California Class C Driver License is required to perform job-related essential functions.
Special Requirement Information
In order to receive credit for any college course work, or any type of college degree, such as a Master or Doctorate degree, you must include a legible copy of the official diploma and official transcripts, or official letter from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization with your application at the time of filing.
NOTE: If credit is given for course work, transcripts must indicate completion of required course work. If degree, copy of degree/diploma.
Accreditation Information *Accreditation:
Accredited institutions are those listed in the publications of regional, national or international accrediting agencies which are accepted by the Department of Human Resources. Publications such as American Universities and Colleges and International Handbook of Universities are acceptable references.
Also acceptable, if appropriate, are degrees that have been evaluated and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from United States accredited institutions by an academic credential evaluation agency recognized by The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE).
This exam will consist of an interview, weighted 100%. The interview will assess Job Knowledge, Job Preparation, Work Skills, Analytical and Decision-making Ability, Interpersonal and Oral Communication, Adaptability and Dependability, and DNA Technical Lead Ability.
Candidates must achieve a passing score on the interview of 70% or higher to be placed on the eligible register.
An eligible register resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies within the Department of Coroner as they occur.
The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of promulgation.
No person may compete for this examination more than once every 12 months.
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