Employment Opportunity

Laboratory Manager

Prince George's County Police Department, Landover, Maryland

Salary: $79,911.00 - $155,473.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: February 19, 2019

This is highly responsible professional managerial and administrative work in the field of forensic chemistry. Work involves the responsibility for the overall administration of a forensic analysis laboratory within the Police Department, to include responsibility for ensuring certification, quality control, and general laboratory conditions. As a Laboratory Manager, the primary responsibilities include supervising, planning, coordinating and continually appraising the activities of a professional, paraprofessional and clerical staff to accomplish the respective and specific goals and objectives of the Department. Work is performed under general supervision and is reviewed through reports, and the evaluation of laboratory operations and objectives.

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  • Assists in maintaining all laboratory accreditations;
  • Audits all Serology/Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) operations and practices to verify compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and quality control processes;
  • Coordinates and reviews annual proficiency tests for all Serology/DNA analysts;
  • Audits instrument calibration maintenance records, the peer review, administrative and technical review processes;
  • Develops, maintains, and updates the FSD Quality Control/Quality Assurance manual through the Qualtrax system;
  • Ensures all new methods are validated prior to the implementation in the DNA Lab;
  • Establishes corrective action procedures to follow in the event of a technical problem during a proficiency test and/or during technical/administrative peer reviews;
  • Establishes Quality and Safety programs for the Serology/DNA Laboratory;
  • Oversees the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) operations;
  • Maintains compliance with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Quality Assurance Standards, the CODIS memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and all CODIS Assessment recommendations;
  • Responsible for planning and setting priorities and establishing deadlines for the Serology/DNA Laboratory;
  • Manages the administrative, business and technical affairs of the Serology/DNA Laboratory;
  • Monitors work to ensure timely completion;
  • Reviews Serology/DNA laboratory reports and other completed assignments for technical soundness, consistency, and adherence to laboratory policy;
  • Plans and coordinates the operational activities of the Serology/DNA laboratory including assigning and supervising the work of subordinates;
  • Manages and tracks the budget of the Serology/DNA Laboratory;
  • Writes grants and monitors the use of approved grant funding for the DNA Laboratory;
  • Conducts or assists with the analysis of the more difficult forensic examinations in the area of Serology/DNA analysis; and
  • Testifies in court as required and confers with and/or advises police and prosecutors on the forensic aspects of cases and the preparation of testimony for court.


  • Master's degree in Chemistry, Forensic Science, Physical Science or other related fields; plus a minimum of three (3) years of responsible professional experience in Forensic Science, which includes at least two (2) years of supervisory and laboratory management experience.
  • An equivalent combination of nine (9) years of relevant education and experience, which includes at least two (2) years of supervisory laboratory management experience will be considered.

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Posted: February 5, 2019

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