State of Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA

Supplemental Information

The vacancy is located in the Crime Lab - Criminalistics - Latents Section of the Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory, it may be used to fill position number #50495307.

As part of a Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled from this recruitment as a Crime Laboratory Analyst 1, 2, or 3, depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant. The maximum yearly salary for the Crime Laboratory Analyst 3 is $78,582.00. Please refer to the "Job Specifications" tab located at the top of the LA Careers "Current Job Opportunities page" for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualification requirements and job concepts for each level.

No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.

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Applicants with international degrees must provide an equivalency evaluation at the time of application. The equivalency evaluation can be attached to the electronic application or faxed to (225) 219-1041 no later than the closing date of this job posting.

Applications without the education and or work experience sections completed will be considered incomplete and will not be accepted.

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All candidates for hire must undergo drug screening and additional background check(s).

For further information about this vacancy contact:
Department of Public Safety
ATTN: Human Resources/Macie Kinchen


A baccalaureate degree with twelve semester hours in biology or chemistry and an additional twelve semester hours in a biological science, chemistry, forensic science, molecular physics, physics, criminalistics or pharmacology.

A combination of coursework is allowed.

Successful completion of college course work covering the subject areas of biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology that provides a basic understanding of the foundation of forensic DNA analysis.

In order to be eligible for this position applicants must meet the current educational requirements of the hiring agency Crime Lab's accrediting body, the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), which include possession of a baccalaureate or advanced degree in a natural science (chemistry, biology, forensic science) or a closely related field.

Criminal justice is not considered a qualifying educational field.

Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Job Concepts

Function of Work:
To serve as a trainee in conducting forensic analysis of evidence gathered at crime scenes submitted for criminalistics analysis.


To serve as a trainee in conducting analysis of biological samples gathered at crime scenes submitted for DNA identification.


To serve as trainee in conducting analysis of convicted offender and arrestee biological samples submitted for DNA identification and to operate the Combined DNA Indexing System(CODIS).

Level of Work:

Supervision Received:
Direct from a Crime Laboratory Supervisor.

Supervision Exercised:

Location of Work:
Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Office of State Police, Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory.

Job Distinctions:
Differs from Crime Laboratory Analyst 2 by the absence of experienced level Crime Lab responsibilities.

Examples of Work

Performs scientific examinations involving drugs, toxicological samples, blood, firearms, trace evidence, and crime scene investigations.

Prepares briefs of analyses of evidence and testifies as an expert witness in state and federal courts; gives depositions.

Photographs physical evidence at crime scenes and/or evidence received in the laboratory utilizing special photographic equipment.

Disseminates information on evidentiary related subjects to law enforcement agencies, courts, and legislative groups.

Processes evidence for latent fingerprints.

Assist in forensic autopsies.

Prepares chemical reagents.

Prepares blood alcohol proficiency samples and certifies analysis.

Extracts drugs and/or poisons from blood, urine, or other body tissues; performs quantitative analyses.

Operates the Combined DNA Indexing System (CODIS).

Analyzes biological specimens with knowledge of deoxyribonucleic acid(DNA)analysis including isolation, identification and genetic characterization of body fluids.

Collects and preserves evidence for future analysis.

Defines basic problems, collects data and establishes facts, interprets findings, and draws valid conclusions in conjunction with scientific analysis.

Communicates with and provides training for law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, faculty, staff, and service personnel.

Prepares reagents and solutions.