Applying To: DNA Technical Leader

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  • Minimum: $49,244.00
  • Maximum: $77,142.00

Nature of Work

Incumbents in this position are responsible for performing diversified duties to evaluate all methods used by the laboratory and propose new or modified analytical procedures as well as troubleshooting analytical methods, processing evidence, performing DNA analysis, and presenting the findings in court. Examples of duties include overseeing the Quality Assurance system in the biology/DNA section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, documenting an annual review of the DNA Procedure Manual and all related forms, and training new biology/DNA Criminalists.

For an additional description of this position, please refer to the classification specification for DNA Technical Leader

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Forensic Science, or a closely related field; plus three years of forensic DNA laboratory experience. Experience must include working with DNA and/or trace evidence analysis, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics and statistics. OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. 

Certification: Must successfully obtain CODIS clearance by completion of the working test period.

Documentation of academic credentials must be submitted upon request.


Master’s degree in a closely related field preferred; ABC Diplomate (D-ABC) certification is desirable.

When completing the Employment History and the Educational/Training History sections of the Employment Application, please be as thorough as possible when describing your education, training and experience relating to this position. Your employment experience and training will be used to determine whether you meet the entrance requirements for this position and to compute your experience and training evaluation.  Applicants will only receive credit for their experience and education as shown on the application. Resumes will not be accepted as a substitute to a fully completed application. When completing the Employment History section of the application, include reasons for changes in employers and explain any gaps in employment.  Incomplete and/or carelessly completed applications will not be considered.

MEDICAL: Candidates will be required to pass an oral swab "Drug Screen" as part of the Medical examination.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE POINTS:  To be eligible for veteran's preference points, the applicant must submit a copy of their DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with the Employment Application or upon request.  The Director of Personnel may, in their discretion, accept alternate documentation.

CITY RESIDENTS PREFERENCE POINTS: City residents who pass an examination for a position in the classified service and do not receive any other preference will receive a five (5) point preference on a scale of 100 points on the exam. An additional one (1) point shall be added to the passing score of City residents who receive any other preference on a scale of 100 points.  City residents must have resided in the City for at least one (1) year at the time of filing their application to be eligible for the preference points. 

LAST DATE FOR FILING APPLICATION:  Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received to fill the anticipated vacancies.  Please submit application as soon as possible.

Examination Components and Their Weights

  • Experience and Training: 100%
  • Character Investigation: Pass/Fail
  • Medical Examination: Pass/Fail

O.C. 3532
May 06, 2022

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