Applying To: Criminalist (DNA Analysis)
- Minimum: $48,412.00
- Maximum: $67,184.00
Nature of Work
Incumbents in this position are responsible for performing highly complex clinical laboratory DNA testing and analysis on secured evidence for the purposes of identification. Examples of duties include: extracting, purifying, quantitating, and typing DNA; performing preliminary stain identification and processing evidence for body fluid stains, hairs, etc; analyzing resultant data, generating reports; and explaining DNA testing methods and interpretation of testing results to attorneys, detectives, and other interested parties.
For an additional description of this position, please refer to the classification specification for Criminalist II
A Bachelor’s degree in a natural/physical science such as biology, chemistry, or a closely related field that must include coursework in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and statistics.
License: Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license while employed by the City of St. Louis. Must possess a valid driver's license at the time of filing application and be able to present it upon request. Please note type of license, number, class and expiration date on the Employment Application.
Documentation of academic credentials must be submitted upon request.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: A Master’s Degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, or a closely related field OR 6 months of experience in a forensic DNA laboratory is highly 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, training 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 a "Drug Screen" and submit to a "DNA buccal swab" 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.
Some positions may require candidates to pass a “Character Investigation” prior to appointment
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
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