Fdle-crime laboratory analyst-biology

To be considered as a potential candidate, you must meet the minimum requirement(s) listed below. Degrees must be from an accredited college or university as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants will be considered trainees unless they have relevant forensic experience and an assessment by FDLE is satisfactorily completed.

Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s or advanced degree in physical, biological or forensic science from an accredited college or university with the completion of at least 20 credit hours in physical or biological science related coursework graded at a “C” or better. A minimum of 9 credit hours in college coursework (graduate or undergraduate level) graded at a “C” or better covering the subject areas of biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology (molecular genetics or recombinant DNA technology) is required.


If courses are not specifically named molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics on the transcripts, then a course description from the university for the time period the course was taken must be provided with the application and a syllabus for the course must be available upon request to be considered for the position.

An official transcript is needed to confirm your qualifications for this position. If applying for multiple forensic laboratory positions, only one set of official, sealed transcripts is required. TRANSCRIPTS MUST STATE THAT THE DEGREE HAS BEEN AWARDED. OFFICIAL, SEALED TRANSCRIPTS FROM ALL UNIVERSITIES ATTENDED MUST BE PROVIDED BEFORE APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED .

Duties: Analysts in the Biology/DNA section conduct independent, complex and detailed microscopic and chemical analyses on evidence to identify the presence or absence of body fluids such as blood, semen and saliva. Analysts compare DNA profiles obtained from the evidence to DNA profiles from subjects and victims to statistically associate these individuals to each other, a crime scene or to any item of evidence.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of the terminology, principles and analytical techniques used in the analysis of physical evidence as it applies to the forensic laboratory; knowledge of the correct procedures for providing expert testimony in court; knowledge of the procedures for packaging, handling and preserving evidence; knowledge of what constitutes physical evidence; knowledge of the scientific method of conducting research; skill in the use of scientific laboratory equipment; skill in calibrating and maintaining laboratory equipment; ability to conduct forensic science experiments, analyze results, formulate conclusions and present findings verbally and in writing; ability to give sworn testimony as an expert witness in court; ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Notes: Applicants being considered for employment with FDLE will be required to submit to drug testing and a background investigation, which includes a financial credit check. Responses to qualifying questions will be credited only if verifiable by skills and/or experience listed on the employment application. The elements of the selection process may include a work sample and/or oral interview. Applicants may be notified by email to participate in a selection process. Failure to reply within a designated time frame may exclude the applicant from further consideration. Starting salary will be at the minimum of the class pay range unless otherwise dictated by FDLE’s pay policy guidelines. Trainees will be required to sign an FDLE employment agreement and commit to employment with FDLE during training and for three (3) years after completing training. A financial penalty may be imposed for failure to complete the employment agreement. Training may take place outside of assigned region. This position is classified as Special Risk retirement, which provides members a greater retirement credit accrual rate and requires fewer years of service to reach full retirement benefits than is required for non-Special Risk members. Future vacancies may be filled from this position advertisement. Preference may be given to current FDLE employees.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.