Job Opportunity Bulletin - Division Of Law Enforcement
Date of Announcement:February 14, 2014
Submit Applications By:March 07, 2014
Class Title:CRIMINALIST (positions 2)
Type of Appointment:PERMANENT
Time Base:FULL TIME
Shift:Day Shift [PSN: 420-506-8466-044, 420-506-8466-062] (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Work Week:Monday - Friday
Bureau/Section/Program:Bureau of Forensic Services/Jan Bashinski DNA Laboratory
Duties:Under the general direction of the Assistant Laboratory Director/Criminalist Supervisor, the Criminalist/DNA Data Bank Analyst documents the collection, receipt, entry of samples, and quality of data input (Kit Breakdown/Sample Entry Group); performs semi-automated aliquoting of buccal samples, DNA preparation, and set-up (Robot Group); performs DNA amplification and capillary electrophoresis for STR typing (Production Group); performs data analysis and technical review of DNA STR typing data (Data Analysis and TR Group); and uploads offender profiles to CODIS and processes DNA hits (CODIS Group); and other duties as assigned, such as quality assurance and quality control assignments. In conjunction with the Senior Criminalist (Data Bank Lead), assists in the coordination and scheduling and coordination of specific activities between members of these groups such as kit breakdown, robot operations, production, data analysis, and CODIS, as well as rush or priority processing. DNA analysts assist Senior Criminalists (Data Bank Leads) in developing protocols and validating changes to protocols as required. When required, the Criminalist prepares evidence, exhibits, and discovery packets; prepares written notifications or reports; assists local law enforcement officers and prosecutors in analyzing and interpreting DNA Data Bank notifications and data; and performs other duties as assigned. DNA matches between evidence samples and offenders provide law enforcement with an invaluable lead that they can use to identify perpetrators that would otherwise remain unidentified. This identification is especially vital in cases where the victim cannot help with the investigation, such as in murder cases or cases involving incapacitated adults or young children.
Desirable Qualifications:Equivalent to graduation from college with a major in one of the physical sciences, including eight semester hours of general chemistry and three semester hours of quantitative analyses. Knowledge of scientific methods and techniques used in examining crime scenes; tests for the identity and comparison of blood and fluids; tests for explosives and flammable materials; tests of hair and fibers, glass and equipment necessary to conduct these tests; modern methods and techniques in investigations of major crimes.
Filing Requirements:Failure to submit the following with your application package may result in elimination from the hiring process:
- State Application (STD 678) - Clearly indicate the basis of your eligibility in the Explanation section located at the bottom of page one.
- If you are using education to meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must submit a copy of your transcript or diploma. An official transcript will be required upon appointment.
Who May Apply:DOJ AND OTHER: Individuals who are currently in this classification, eligible for lateral transfer, reachable on a current employment list for this classification, or former state employees with reinstatement eligibility.
SROA/SURPLUS: Individuals with SROA/Surplus status. Surplus candidates must submit a copy of their Surplus letter. Please visit CalHR's web site for more information on the SROA and Surplus programs.
Additional Job-Related Information:
The following is a list of additional features related to this job opportunity.
- A background check will be required.
- A fingerprint check will be required.
- A drug screen test will be required.
- This position is Program Critical.
- A 60-day candidate pool will be established for subsequent vacancies.
- Associated ARC numbers: DLE 13-561-012
- Special Skills
Submit Application Packages To:Department of Justice
Division of Law Enforcement
Bureau of Forensic Services
Jan Bashinski DNA Laboratory
1001 West Cutting Blvd., Suite 110
Richmond, CA 94804
Contact Information:Margaret Algere, Staff Services Analyst
California Relay (Telephone) Service for the Deaf or Hearing-Impaired: TDD Phones: 1-800-735-2929 or Voice Phones: 1-800-735-2922
It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the state, civil service rules, and the special trust placed in public servants.
An equal opportunity employer for all regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, or sexual orientation.
Employment provisions in the California Department of Human Resources' State Restriction of Appointments (SROA) policy will prevail. Current or future Executive Orders relating to filling positions may also affect this process.
Applications will be screened and only the most qualified may be interviewed. In order to ensure the most qualified candidate pool, applications received after the final filing date may be considered.