Criminalist III

Recruitment #200211-G12C-I02

Introduction

This position is located in the Forensic Biology Unit within the Criminalistics Services Division Northeast Regional Laboratory, Tahlequah, OK.

MAJOR WORK DUTIES:
1. Perform analysis (serology and DNA) of biological evidence.
2. Quality control of instruments and reagents.
3. Testify in court regarding analysis of biology cases.
4. Stay current with literature reviews and proficiency tests.
5. Transfer and accept case evidence.

Successful applicants must be willing to submit to a drug screen, polygraph examination, psychological evaluation (commissioned positions only), and a thorough background investigation.  Certain events automatically disqualify an applicant, such as, felony conviction; admission of an undetected crime that, if known, would have been a felony charge; failure to pay federal or state income tax; positive confirmed drug urine test; illegal use of a controlled substance within certain time frames.

BASIC PURPOSE

Positions within this job family perform and/or manage forensic analysis of evidence from criminal cases and/or convicted offender DNA samples.

LEVEL DESCRIPTORS

The Criminalist job family has five levels which are distinguished by type and complexity of work and the degree of responsibility assigned.

Level III:     
This is the specialist level where incumbents independently plan and perform advanced scientific and technical analysis of evidence in criminal cases, including the most complex and difficult of examinations requiring extensive knowledge and high skill levels.  They are individually responsible for the accuracy, sufficiency and timely completion of their work.  Incumbents will train other criminalist, function as lead worker by assigning/reviewing work of others, conduct research and scientific studies to develop new techniques and methods, assist in writing technical protocols and laboratory procedures, and may serve as unit or regional supervisor in the absence of the supervisor.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Note: Selective qualifications for a specific degree and/or specific courses may be applied for each forensic discipline.

Level III:
Requirements include a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university PLUS three (3) years of experience as a forensic laboratory criminalist. Depending upon selective qualifications, experience may be in controlled substances, trace evidence, forensic biology, serology, forensic DNA, toxicology, questioned documents, digital evidence, firearms/tool marks, latent prints, or digital evidence. Experience must have been full time and the primary job responsibility to be qualifying.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations has been authorized to use a selective qualification when interviewing applicants for this position.

"A Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, or in a closely related natural science, with a minimum of 12 hours coursework in Biology, plus three (3) years of qualifying experience performing forensic analysis in Forensic Serology and Forensic DNA.  No more than two years experience in Forensic Serology is accepted as qualifying.  Coursework in all of the following is also required:  Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Statistics or Population Genetics."

NOTE: Experience must have been full time and the primary job responsibility to be qualifying.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT

Applicants must possess, or be eligible for a valid Oklahoma driver’s license.  They must be able to meet the requirements for peace officer certification if required by the agency.  They must possess the physical and mental stamina to perform the work and accept the inherent physical, psychological, chemical, and biological hazards.  They need accurate vision with or without corrective lens, and need to accurately distinguish between colors.  They must be able to successfully complete any necessary training and certification required by the agency, be able to be called back to work at irregular times, be willing and able to work overtime when required, and be willing and able to travel frequently and be in travel status for extended periods of time.  They must be willing to transfer where and when needed and to accept assignments anywhere in the state; pass a thorough character and background investigation; successfully pass a polygraph examination, drug screen and, if required by the agency, a psychological evaluation.  Subsequent to an offer of employment, applicants may be required by the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System to satisfy psychological testing, medical examination and/or physical agility testing standards or requirements.  Educational and/or experience selective qualifications may apply for specific disciplines, levels, or positions.

Some positions may require certification by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialist (IACIS) as a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner.

THE FEDERAL OMNIBUS CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 1997 CONTAINED AN AMENDMENT OF THE FEDERAL GUN CONTROL ACT OF 1968.  THIS AMENDMENT ADDRESSES MISDEMEANOR CRIMES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.  COMMISSIONED APPLICANTS MUST BE ABLE TO SATISFY THE LIMITATIONS CONTAINED IN THE FEDERAL LAW.

NOTES

Applicant must upload a copy of their transcript to their application submission

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.