CAREER IN A FORENSIC D.N.A. ANALYST, ELIGIBILITY, SKILLS, COLLEGES

Shiza Sana
Post Category : Science

5/17/2019 2:41:57 PM

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CAREER IN A FORENSIC D.N.A. ANALYST, ELIGIBILITY, SKILLS, COLLEGES

Forensic science largely depends on ones area of specialisation. There are various career options to choose from. Forensic science is a field of science that deals with solving criminal investigation with the help of civil laws by governing and examining the evidence by using scientific methods and following a correct procedure.

The area of forensic science is not limited to one strict type of work, it has different roles and responsibilities to offer. The various career option it offers are related to working directly on the crime scene, some in laboratory, others focus on data/ evidence collection and analysis and research work.

 

One of the specialised fields of Forensic science is:

DNA Analyst compare the samples form victims and suspects or someone present at the crime scene to determine whether they are guilty of committing the crime or not.

As every persons DNA is unique it is easier to make conclusions. They also compare DNA samples to their database to look for any previous suspects.

Forensic DNA analyst jobs involve conducting various number of specialized DNA test like DNA Purification, PCR amplification and fluorescent DNA Analysis.

 

DUTIES:

  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Interact with the Investigator through forensic reports
  • Provide court testimony when required
  • Identify and correct problems which might affect the test performance
  • Conduct reviews regarding quality assurance and safety procedures
 

 

SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • To become a forensic DNA Analyst you must have critical and sharp thinking skills.
  • Should be highly analytical to determine accurate findings
  • Knowledge of lab procedures and equipment’s
  • Patient, effective and focused under pressure and long working hours
  • Have an understanding of a specific science field like Molecular Biology, Biochemistry etc.
  • Must have good communication skills, as they will be working with different agencies and are required to give detailed account for their discoveries in the case, or during court room testimonies if they are called.
  • Leadership and team building and managing skills
  • Other important skill a forensic DNA analyst must possess is an eye for details. While inspecting a site you along with your team must be able to look closely to every possible aspect of the incident.
  • An investigatory background as a research assistant will help in the future references.
 

 

ELIGIBILITY FOR FORENSIC SCIENCE COURSES:

  • 10+2 or equivalent from a recognised board with Physics, chemistry, biology or Maths as main subjects.
  • A minimum aggregate of 55%.
  • Forensic DNA Analyst must have a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic science, Chemistry, Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry etc. from a recognised university.
  • Forensic DNA Analyst must have a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic science, Chemistry, Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry etc. from a recognised university.
  • Some universities conduct their own entrance exams.

 

COLLEGES FOR FORENSIC SCIENCE COURSES: