Employment Opportunity

Senior Criminalist - DNA

Tarrant County Medical Examiner, Fort Worth, Texas

Salary: $65,188.50 - $71,707.48 Annually

Final Filing Date: Posting may close at any time

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  • Performs advanced sophisticated collection, analysis and evaluation of evidence utilizing standardized and industry acceptable techniques
  • Reports results to agencies
  • Performs routine preventative maintenance on equipment and quality control procedures
  • Maintains sufficient inventory of supplies needed for workload in a timely manner
  • Conducts education instruction on lab procedures used by the County
  • May participate in independent research
  • May provide technical assistance to law enforcement agencies
  • May recommend changes to lab procedures
  • Prepares written reports and prepared to testify at court proceedings
  • Prepares monthly or special reports of activities
  • Trains or ensures training of work group in laboratory procedures
  • Performs other related duties involved in the operation of the Medical Examiner's Office as assigned or required


  • TO APPLY, must have a Bachelor's degree in a Life Science + Seven (7) full-time years of science work experience, including Six (6) full-time months of forensic human DNA laboratory work experience.
  • OR
  • TO APPLY, must have a Master's degree or higher in a Life Science + Five (5) full-time years of science work experience, including Six (6) full-time months of forensic human DNA laboratory work experience. Master's degree is preferred.
  • Successful completion of coursework (graduate or undergraduate level) covering the following subject areas: biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology; and coursework and/or training in statistics and/or population genetics as it applies to forensic DNA analysis.
  • Previous memorialization as a qualified DNA analyst in an external laboratory QAS audit is highly preferred.
  • Prior experience with STRmix┬« probabilistic genotyping software is highly preferred.
  • Note: Effective January 1, 2019, must have or obtain a Forensic Analyst License as a DNA Analyst through the Texas Forensic Science Commission prior to casework authorization.
  • Direct experience as a court-qualified expert in DNA analysis is preferred.
  • Candidates must be able to pass a competency examination given by the supervisor prior to hiring or within six (6) months from the date of hire.
  • Elected membership in learned scientific societies in the particular area of expertise is desirable.
  • Must have advanced level of knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of field of specialty.
  • Requires successful completion of annual externally administered proficiency testing.
  • Must maintain knowledge of up to date technology and practices in the field of specialty.
  • Ability to use PC and applicable software.
  • Must have advanced level oral and written/presentation and communication skills.
  • Ability to make independent judgment.
  • Must have advanced skills in laboratory protocols/procedures, techniques and knowledge of evidence handling and testing procedures.

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Posted: November 8, 2018

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