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Criminalist

Recruitment #121210-G12A-05

Introduction

This position is located in the Forensic Biology Unit at the Northeast Regional Laboratory in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

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

Successful applicants must be willing to submit to a drug screen, polygraph examination, 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 physical 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 I:     
This is the entry level where incumbents train to perform forensic analysis, and perform some limited supervised casework.  All aspects of assigned tasks are clearly defined and all work is technically and administratively reviewed during performance and upon completion.  Incumbents do not have supervisory, research and development, or training responsibilities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Level I:     
Education and Experience required is a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in chemistry, biology, forensic science, criminalistics, toxicology, a closely related natural science, criminology, law enforcement, or criminal justice; or a bachelor’s degree and two years of ten-print/classification/AFIS experience (excluding Live-Scan entry).

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations has been authorized to utilize a Selective Qualification when interviewing applicants for this position. 

"Requirements include a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, or in a closely related natural science, with a minimum of 12 hours coursework in Biology.  Coursework in one or more of the following is also required:  Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Statistics or Population Genetics."

Selection Plan

Scores based on:  100% Written Test

***NOTE:  Names of eligible applicants can be made available to State agencies upon their request, immediately following the closing date and time.



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