Employment Opportunity


DNA Analyst III

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: December 20, 2018

Under the direction of the Forensic Genetics Director, the employee will perform scientific examinations and analysis of biological evidence collected in connection with death and criminal investigations.

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Duties:

  • Testing may include screening for the presence of biological fluids and DNA analysis using Polymerase Chain Reaction/Short Tandem Restraints (PCR/STR) based methods.
  • Presents the findings in a technical report and verbally in a court of law through expert witness testimony.
  • Follows all established protocols and procedures.
  • Performs other tasks as deemed necessary by the Forensic Genetics Director.
  • Conducts scientific laboratory examinations and analyses of specimens submitted by forensic pathologists and law enforcement officers from medico-legal and criminal cases.
  • Prepares written reports that support the analytical findings and provides testimony as an expert witness in legal proceedings.
  • Maintains at least a minimum level of productivity as determined by the Forensic Genetics Laboratory Director.
  • Participates in training, competency testing, and proficiency testing according to established protocols.
  • Successfully completes proficiency testing requirements.
  • Operates and maintains laboratory instruments.
  • Trains new lab employees as delegated by the Forensic Genetics Director.
  • Participates in peer review of cases.
  • Assists in ensuring the laboratory remains in compliance with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD/LAB) accreditation standards and the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories.
  • Maintains American Board of Criminalistics certification and meet ASCLD/LAB standards and the FBI Quality Assurance Standards by attending continuing education/training courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, and professional meetings.
  • Follows rigorously all Safety, Method Manual, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control protocols.
  • In addition, must have manual dexterity sufficient to conduct laboratory tasks as determined by the Forensic Genetics Director.
  • Will also provide a DNA sample to be maintained by the Forensic Genetics Laboratory for quality assurance purposes.
  • Must successfully pass a test for colorblindness.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Forensic Genetics Director or the Crime Laboratory Director.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science or a related field of physical science; and
  • Successful completion of a minimum of nine semester hours (or equivalent) of coursework in Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Statistics; and
  • One year of forensic DNA laboratory experience.
  • OR a Graduate level degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science or a related field of physical science will substitute for the required one year of laboratory experience.
  • Visual acuity sufficient to perceive minute differences and details and to withstand the strain of continued close work.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 40 lbs.
  • Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time.
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver's license and ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Certification in a related area from the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is required within two (2) years of hire date, or acknowledgment of this job description, and must be maintained for the duration of employment.
  • Licensure by the Texas Forensic Science Commission is required within the applicable dates and must be maintained for the duration of employment.
Preferences
  • Master's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science or a related field of physical science.
  • College coursework or training in the subject areas of statistics and/or population genetics.
  • One year of laboratory experience conducting DNA tests in a forensic DNA laboratory.
  • Experience with evidence screening, DNA extraction, quantification, PCR amplification of STR fragments, and ABI 310 Genetic Analyzer and/or ABI 3100 Genetic Analyzer.
  • Knowledge of forensic DNA principles, laboratory techniques, and technology.
  • Knowledge of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Short Tandem Repeat (STR) analysis, and capillary electrophoresis methods.
  • Knowledge of biological evidence collection and preservation techniques, rules of evidence, forensic serology, basic human anatomy and physiology, and basic laboratory safety.
  • Computer literacy in the use of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) and familiarity with database applications such as: JusticeTrax, Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and Combine DNA Index System (CODIS).
  • Membership in one or more professional forensic organizations.
  • Certification in a related area from the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC).

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Posted: November 26, 2018


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