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Criminalist III

Senior Criminalist

Recruitment #121210-G12C-07


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 III:     
This is the specialist level where incumbents independently plan and perform advanced scientific and technical analysis of physical 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.


Level III:     
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 three (3) years 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 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, 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 three years of experience as a forensic laboratory Criminalist 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."


Selection Plan

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

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