Salt Lake City


Requisition ID
Minimum Salary
USD $24.18/Yr.
Maximum Salary
USD $41.81/Yr.
Post End Date
US-UT-Salt Lake City


Pay for this position will be commensurate with experience and knowledge.  The market rate for this position is $32.99 per hour.


Reporting directly to the Crime Lab/Evidence Unit Director, incumbent is responsible for oversight and management of the quality assurance program of the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Crime Lab. Establishes practices, policies, and procedures required to maintain laboratory accreditation; assesses, evaluates, and oversees forensic program examination services including qualitative and quantitative analyses of chemical, physical and biological evidence; ensures compliance to quality assurance and accreditation standards through periodic audits, reviews and corrective actions; administers proficiency tests; manages maintenance and calibration of equipment; reviews staff training, safety records, and performs related quality assurance duties necessary to support criminal investigations.


  • Manages and participates in internal audits to ensure national accreditation and quality assurance standards are met, including but not limited to, laboratory goals and objectives, organization and management, personnel qualifications and training, facilities, evidence control, validation, analytical procedures and calibration and maintenance of equipment.
  • Responsible for performing internal audits across disciplines of the Crime Lab, coordinating audits with Lab supervisors, preparing and planning for external audits and coordinating external proficiency testing programs.
  • Provides direct oversight on issues of Accreditation and Quality Assurance & Quality Control, to ensure all relevant forensic standards are met.
  • Advises the Crime Lab/Evidence Unit Director on all quality assurance, accreditation and compliance issues.
  • Documents quality assurance corrective actions; reviews changes and follows up to ensure corrective actions are completed; decides and initiates laboratory shut downs if accreditation standards are not met; determines proficiency test measurements and standards and protocols for the Crime Lab; reviews and signs protocols submitted by other personnel.


  1. Bachelor's degree obtained from an accredited college or university including major course work in chemistry, biology, forensic science or a closely related field.
  1. Six years of full time experience in a forensic laboratory, including three years working as a qualified forensic examiner performing independent casework with routine proficiency testing in an accredited federal, state or municipal forensic laboratory. External candidates must provide documentation to support their qualification in their respective forensic discipline.  Acceptable documentation includes:
  • A certificate or letter from an accredited forensic laboratory that details the area(s) and date(s) of qualification.
  • Proof of successful completion of routine proficiency test may include copies of proficiency test results, a summary document from the laboratory’s quality assurance program, or other documentation that details scope and completion of proficiency testing.
  1. Knowledge of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, etc.; modern laboratory techniques and safety practices.
  1. Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques used to prepare, examine and analyze laboratory specimens and the performance of forensic procedures
  1. Knowledge of current federal, state and municipal legislation and major court decisions regarding forensic science guidelines, procedures and regulations from the National Research Council, Scientific/Technical Working Group(s), the Organization of Scientific Area Committees, ISO standards and any other relevant city, state, national or international forensic standards, and implementation of the recommendation(s) within the laboratory environment
  1. Ability to read and interpret data from scientific instruments or equipment.
  1. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  1. Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with Department management, supervisors, police officers, and other employees; professional peers, court representatives, other public safety agencies, and the general public.
  1. Ability to successfully pass all appropriate examinations as required by the Salt Lake City Civil Service Commission Rules and Regulations and examinations required by the Utah Department of Public Safety.
  1. Successful completion of a drug screen.
  1. Possession of a valid state driver’s license or Utah driving privilege card (or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment).




  1. Prior experience as a QA manager, and/or experience performing internal and/or external audits for an accredited laboratory
  1. Prior experience working in an ISO or ASCLD accredited forensic laboratory.
  1. Experience drafting and managing policy and procedure manuals.


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