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Criminalist II

Recruitment #121210-G12B-06


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

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.


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


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

Level II:     
At this career level incumbents perform a range of basic work as a forensic laboratory analyst.  They perform scientific and technical analysis in all but the most difficult and complex criminal cases.  They train to perform more advanced and complex analysis.  They may assist in training others in basic work, perform limited technical and administrative reviews, and perform limited supervised research and development, and may assist in crime scene work.


Level II:     
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 plus one year of experience as a forensic laboratory criminalist; or a bachelor’s degree and two years of ten-print/classification/AFIS experience (excluding Live-Scan entry)  plus one year 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, firearms/toolmarks, or latent prints.  Experience must have been full time and the primary job responsibility to be qualifying.


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

"Applicants must have 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 one year of experience as a forensic laboratory Criminalist in Forensic Serology and/or Forensic DNA.  Coursework in two or more of the following is also required:  Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Statistics or Population Genetics." 

Selection Plan

Scores based on:  100% Evaluation of Education and Experience listed on the application.

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