Serve as a Criminalist in the DNA Casework department conducting serological and DNA analysis on evidence submitted to SLED and provide written reports based on the interpretation of results of analysis and serve as a commissioned certified law enforcement officer tasked with the maintenance of public order and the detection of crime.
Investigate and participate in the detection and prosecution of crimes to insure the safety and security of the citizens of South Carolina.
Successfully complete Forensic Serology and DNA Analysis training. Upon completion of training, evaluate case information, identify biological evidence, and perform all aspects of serological and DNA analysis using defined protocols. Interpret results of these analysis and prepare a formal written report.
Receive evidence from law enforcement agencies. Maintain complete and proper chain of custody for all evidence taken into employee's custody. Properly document and preserve evidence for potential further testing.
Properly document all case-related communications with other parties. Maintain a professional level of communication at all times. When necessary, coordinate with other departments to ensure that all requested analysis is appropriately prioritized and evidence is preserved to the extent possible. Effectively interact with other departmental personnel, agency personnel, and other members of the legal community as part of a team.
Provide expert testimony in federal, state, and local courts. Present scientific results of analysis and interpret these results to the court. Participate in pre-trial conferences and hearings; and respond appropriately to requests by the court and other associated parties.
Participate in training sessions and seminars as requested for new employee training and required employee continuing education. Conduct training for other internal or external groups as directed by supervisor.
Perform other departmental duties to include research, validation, quality control, quality assurance, safety and other responsibilities as directed by supervisor.
Assume 24-hour call for DNA/Serology related issues to include possible crime scene response and processing
Complete and submit all required administrative paperwork in a timely manner.
Maintain certification as a commissioned law enforcement as required by the SC Criminal Justice Academy working over 1600 hours per year.
Minimum and Additional Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree in a biological, chemical, forensic science or related field.
Must have received credit in genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology and possess a basic understanding of the foundational science involved in Forensic Serology and DNA analysis.
Upon hire, must successfully complete a prescribed legal training course at SCCJA and obtain certification as a Law Enforcement Officer, Class III.
Position requires periodic 24-hour on-call. This may require response to phone calls or crime scene processing requests throughout the state.
Position may require after hours work and /or overnight travel.
Coursework in statistics.
All applicants must complete the on-line State application to include all current and previous work history and education. A resume will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application nor will it be used to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position.
Supplemental questions are considered part of the official application. Any misrepresentation of yourself will disqualify you from the position.
Depending on the candidates' education, experience and qualifications, this position will be filled as a JA60 / Criminalist I, or a JA65 / Criminalist II, or a JA70 / Sr. Criminalist