Criminalist I/II – Forensic Biology/DNA- CA

The ideal candidate will:
  • Be an experienced Forensic Biology/DNA technical professional dedicated to staying abreast of changes within the forensic industry.
  • Be familiar with performing biological screening, DNA extraction, quantitation, amplification, and typing.
  • Have minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in biology, chemistry or a forensic science-related area.
  • Have successfully completed a minimum of 12 semester or equivalent credit hours of undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework covering the subject areas of biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology (molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology), or other subjects which provide a basic understanding of the foundation of forensic DNA analysis.
  • Have successfully completed a course in statistics and/or population genetics as it applies to Forensic DNA analysis.
  • Have a minimum of six months of forensic DNA laboratory experience.
  • Have court room testimony experience.

Anyone may apply. Responses to supplemental questions are required and must be submitted in addition to the Standard San Mateo County employment application.  A resume or reference to a resume will not be accepted as a substitute for your responses to these questions.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: Pass/Fail) based on the candidates’ application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense. 

IMPORTANTApplications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County’s website, you may click the “Apply Online” button above or below. If you are not on the County’s website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Final Filing Date: September 5, 2017
Applicant Screening(Tentative):  Week of September 11, 2017
Panel Interviews (Tentative): Week of October 9, 2017


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