DNA Technical Lead Criminalist


Amended: 11/21/23

Appraisal (Weight 100%): Will be conducted for the purpose of evaluating the applicant’s training, education, experience, interest and personal fitness for the position. Appraisal can be based on any combination of the following: Investigation, oral exam and rating of the application.

Applicants must attain at least a 70% score on each phase of the examination process. 

Should an oral exam be necessary, the oral exam will be weighted 100%. 

Minimum Qualifications:
A Masters or other graduate degree from an accredited college or university in biology, chemistry, or a forensic science related area and successful completion of a minimum of 12 semester or equivalent credit hours of combined undergraduate and graduate course work in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology, statistics and/or population genetics.

AND Three years of professional forensic DNA laboratory experience which has included the identification and evaluation of biological evidence in criminal matters. Experience testifying as an expert witness in courts of law is desirable.  Possession of a valid California motor vehicle operator’s license.

Additional Requirements: Applicants must meet the standards for Technical Leader as established in “The Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories”, Section 5.2 or have a degree waiver from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors or other organizations designated by the F.B.I. Successful completion of a documented training program in forensic DNA analysis and the forensic identification of biological substances and/or demonstration of competency is required.
Applicants must be able to pass a background investigation and shall not have been convicted of a felony in any state, or any federal jurisdiction nor of any offense which would have been a felony if committed in this state.

Applicants must submit all applicable diploma(s), transcripts, license(s) and/or certificate(s) with their application by the final filing deadline. If you are unable to attach application materials to your application, you may e-mail a copy to hernandezmic@kerncounty.com.  

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