New Orleans rape-kit backlog will be tested by start of 2012, police say

Published: Thursday, October 13, 2011,  8:00 AM

New Orleans police officials said Wednesday more than 800 untested rape kits will be tested by the beginning of next year, clearing up a backlog that includes physical evidence from sexual assaults dating to the late 1980s. Police Commander Paul Noel, who heads the NOPD’s criminal investigations division, said the testing will be done by Marshall University in West Virginia, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Police’s crime laboratory. Testing of all kits collected by the NOPD since January is done by a DNA specialist hired by the NOPD who works out of the state lab

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York County SC Sheriff’s Office – DNA TECHNICAL LEADER

(Posted 6/23/10 from

York County, South Carolina is currently seeking applications for the position of DNA Technical Leader for the York County Sheriff’s office. The purpose of this position is to develop and implement new techniques, policies and procedures to keep the laboratory in tune with rapidly changing technology of DNA. Analyzes casework in the area of Forensic biology; remain current on new technologies and provides assistance at crime scenes as necessary. This position will be instrumental in the creation of the new York County Sheriff’s Office DNA laboratory. Requires a master’s degree in a biology, chemistry, or forensic science related area with a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and statistics. Also must possess valid state driver’s license and have a minimum of 3 years of forensic DNA laboratory experience. Applications may be made at the York County Human Resources Dept. at 6 S. Congress St., York, SC 29745 or via the Internet at the York County web site at Starting Salary Range: $46,562-$65,187 (starting salary dependent on education and experience).

American Registry of Pathology – DNA Technician (Forensic Scientist 1)


The American Registry of Pathology is seeking qualified individuals for the position of DNA Technician (Forensic Scientist 1) within the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL). This is a contract position. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes health benefits and a competitive retirement program. Duties and Responsibilities: The DNA Technician will perform mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and low copy number STR–based typing services in order to assist in identifying the remains of military individuals killed during previous military conflicts (i.e., Southeast Asia, Korea, and other locations around the world). A summary of the duties include: Receive and accession physical evidence while maintaining legal chain-of-custody and integrity of submitted specimens. Process biological specimens, to include stains, human blood, oral swabs, cadaveric tissues and bone. Provide training in laboratory techniques and procedures to technical staff, students and guests of the laboratory. Give lectures and participate in courses, symposia, workshops, and conferences on matters relating to DNA typing, forensic science and molecular pathology. Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in one of the natural sciences is required. Candidates with experience in forensic DNA typing (specifically in mtDNA sequence analysis or low copy number STR analysis) are encouraged to apply. Application Procedure: Apply through Keyword, DNA Technician. Please note that you were referred by the AAFS website.

Application deadline is April 9, 2010.

Chief Medical Examiner Wilmington, Delaware – FORENSIC DNA ANALYST

(Posted 3/23/10)

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Wilmington, DE is seeking applicants for the position of Forensic DNA Analyst. This position will report to the DNA Laboratory Manager I. Responsibilities include conducting biochemical tests on forensic evidence, maintenance of a chain of custody, maintenance of instrumentation, interpretation of data, writing reports supported by the data and giving expert testimony. Job Requirements: Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas: Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science or related field and successfully completed college course work (graduate or undergraduate level) in

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, as well as course work in Statistics and Population Genetics as it applies to forensic DNA analysis. At the time of interview applicants must provide an unofficial transcript of degree possessed.A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire. Benefits: Annual Salary: $36,451.00/Min – $45,564.00/Mid-range. To learn more about the comprehensive benefit package please visit their website at . Once your application has been submitted on-line, all future correspondence will be sent via email. Please keep your contact information current. View all correspondence sent to you in the “My Applications” tab at Apply On-line at Recruitment #031010-MGBD01-350400

Application deadline is 11:59p on March 30, 2010.

Denver Police Department Crime Laboratory – FORENSIC SCIENTIST I (FORENSIC BIOLOGY/DNA)


(Posted 3/23/10)

The Denver Police Department Crime Laboratory currently has two positions for Forensic Scientist I within the Forensic Biology/DNA Unit The grant funding of these positions is projected to end in December 2011 but could end sooner. This position performs all aspects of criminal casework on evidentiary materials, including evaluation and preparation of evidence, DNA training/analysis, interpretation of analytical results, preparation of case reports, active participation and commitment to improving the laboratory ISO/IEC 17025 quality assurance/quality control program and expert testimony and support to District Attorneys. Will serve as second reader/peer review for forensic biology/DNA casework and laboratory validation work. A Baccalaureate Degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, or a directly related natural science which must have included coursework in biochemistry, genetics, molecular/cell biology and statistics. A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education requirements. A copy of an official or unofficial transcript must be received by the close date. Applications without a transcript will not be accepted. Transcripts may be attached to your application or sent to Career Service Authority, 201 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO, 80202 or Faxed to 720-913-5992 attn: Forensic Scientist I (DNA). Applicants must have a valid Driver’s License at the time of application and finalists will be subject to a background investigation encompassing employment and criminal history. Annual salary $48,686.00 – $77,665.00 with benefits. Please apply online at

Application deadline is April 2, 2010.

Cayman Islands Health Services Authority – FORENSIC DNA SPECIALIST


The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority invites applications for the postion of Forensic DNA Specialist. Responsibilities: The applicant must be capable and confident in working as the sole DNA person at the laboratory. This section has recently achieved accreditation and the applicant will be expected to ensure continued compliance with ISO17025 international standards to include validation of instruments, complete external proficiency tests, act as CODIS custodian, deal with health and safety, perform biological examinations of evidence, carry out DNA analysis including interpretation of the results in forensic and paternity casework, testify in court when required, manage a quality assurance program and pass regular external audits. The candidate is expected to manage all technical operations of the DNA Unit. Qualification & Experience: The candidate must meet the requirements of Technical Leader as set out in the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Audit Document, including a minimum of 3 years forensic DNA casework experience and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or a related discipline with a Master’s degree or higher in a related subject. He/she must also have experience performing biological examination of evidence, analyzing DNA using the ABI 3130 and ABI 9700 instruments as well as knowledge of validation and population studies. Salary: CI$ 66,159 – 76,138. Written applications may be forwarded in complete confidence to:

Human Resources Department
P.O. Box 915
Grand Cayman KY1-1003
or via fax 345-945-0890
or e-mailed to using Microsoft Word
Application deadline is April 2, 2010.

North Louisiana Crime Laboratory – FORENSIC DNA SCIENTIST

(Posted 3/11/10)

The North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory has an immediate opening (March 2010) for a scientist in the Forensic Biology/DNA Section. Minimum educational qualifications include a Master’s Degree or Ph. D. in biology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, or related physical, natural or forensic science from an accredited college or university. Coursework must have included biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and statistics or population genetics. Previous forensic DNA analysis experience (4-6 years) is desirable, but recent graduates are also encouraged to apply. This position is open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The scientist in this position is assigned individual cases to analyze from evidence examination to report writing. Each scientist has individual lab space, office space, a laptop computer, and basic lab equipment. The laboratory performs nuclear STR and Y-STR testing. Independent research and publications are supported and encouraged by the laboratory. The crime lab is located in the northwest corner of Louisiana, and in three years will move to a new 50,000 sq. ft. facility (North Louisiana Forensic Science Center). Employees’ benefits include participation in a retirement system and 100% health and dental insurance paid by the lab. The salary range is $42,000 to $70,000 per year and is commensurate with experience. Please send by email or regular mail a curriculum vitae and transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable). Applications without transcripts will not be considered. Valid driver’s license required. Applicants will be subjected to a background check of criminal history. An interview in Shreveport will be necessary before hiring. This opening will be filled as soon as possible. Send information to:

North Louisiana Crime Laboratory
Pat Wojtkiewicz. PhD
1115 Brooks St.
Shreveport, LA 71101
(318) 227-2889