DNA Forensic Scientist II

Columbus Police Crime Laboratory, Columbus, OH, US


THIS VACANCY IS IN THE DNA SECTION OF THE CRIME LABORATORY. The selected applicant will join the current DNA team of nine Forensic Scientists.

Under direction, is responsible for performing fully skilled professional scientific analyses to examine, identify, and evaluate physical evidence; performs related duties as required.

Examples of Work (Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all of the duties that may be performed.)

  • Analyzes evidence and prepares technical reports on findings within the assigned forensic specialization (DNA);
  • Performs appropriate separation and extraction procedures to obtain material suitable for analysis;
  • Examines physical evidence for biological fluids, such as blood and semen, and performs DNA analyses;
  • Testifies as expert witness in court;
  • Handles physical evidence according to chain of custody and laboratory procedures;
  • Formulates and implements training activities concerning laboratory procedures and analytical methods to police officers, prosecutors and community groups;
  • Reviews scientific literature, researches analytical methods, and implements improvements to testing procedures as required;
  • Performs, documents, and records required laboratory activities such as activities related to case analyses, reagent preparation and tracking, or maintenance, service, or calibration of instrumentation;
  • Performs related miscellaneous laboratory duties; maintains work areas;
  • May train other forensic scientists in the proper performance of professional scientific analyses;
  • May serve as a project leader by providing guidance, planning and reviewing work products.



Possession of a bachelor's degree with significant coursework (21 semester or 32 quarter hours) in forensic science, chemistry, biology, or closely related field AND three (3) years of forensic laboratory experience.

Substitution(s): A master's degree in forensic science, chemistry, biology, or closely related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience. A doctorate degree in forensic science, chemistry, biology, or closely related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience. Specific knowledge, skills, or abilities related to the specialization(s) for which appointment is being made may be required for some positions and will be incorporated in the job postings, as appropriate.


Successful completion of undergraduate or graduate level coursework in each of the following:

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Statistics and/or population genetics


Hourly rate: $33.43 - $52.17

The City of Columbus seeks to promote compensation strategies that maximize the recruitment, performance, development, and retention of quality employees in support of the City's Covenant and strategic plan. In addition to a competitive pay plan, the City offers a comprehensive benefits program that includes the following:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Short-term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Wellness Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Specifics about these benefit opportunities and eligibility can be discussed with one of the City's human resources professionals at the time of your interview or by contacting the Department of Human Resources, Labor Relations Office at (614)645-7206 for further information.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online using the link provided. All applications must include transcripts that demonstrate the minimum coursework qualifications have been met.