Employment Opportunity


Forensic Biologist I

Dallas County Crime Laboratory, Dallas, Texas

Salary: $4,172.24 - $5,206.05 per month

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Performs independent forensic testing of biological samples for the purpose of body fluid identification within the Forensic Biology Unit of the Criminal Investigation Laboratory.

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Duties:

  • Performs independent case analysis, evidence collection, and evidence processing using standard protocols.
  • Works closely with unit supervisor and other laboratory staff in the processing and analysis of evidentiary materials from investigations of assaults, homicides, and other crimes.
  • Participates in the proper storage and tracking of evidence.
  • Reviews and interprets results of analytical procedures and prepares official reports of analysis results and offers expert opinion of test results.
  • Consults with and advises police investigators and lawyers regarding analysis.
  • Provides expert witness court testimony regarding testing methods, testing results, validity of testing procedures, and the evidentiary value of the results in criminal and civil proceedings.
  • Performs general laboratory duties e.g., ordering supplies, preparing solutions, answering phones, and preparation of evidence collection materials.
  • Participates in the development, validation, and implementation of new analytical techniques and methods and makes recommendations to the unit supervisor regarding improvements in procedures.
  • Performs quality control procedures and maintains accurate records related to quality control management.
  • Assists with training analytical staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Genetics, Chemistry, Forensic Sciences, or in a job related field of study with subjects providing a basic understanding of forensic biological analysis.
  • Preference will be given to those with coursework in genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, population genetics and/or statistics.
  • Knowledge of the principles of animal and/or human genetics and the common techniques of DNA analysis as they relate to forensic DNA analysis and evidence handling procedures.
  • Ability to operate and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers and standard applications.
  • Ability to communicate in a concise and effective manner, work cooperatively with effective time management skills, and perform assigned tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Must pass pre-employment background check.
  • Must have a valid Texas Driver License and good driving record. Will be required to provide a copy of 10-year driving history. Must maintain a good driving record and remain in compliance with Article II. Subdivision II of Chapter 90 of the Dallas County Code.
  • Work is performed in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazard.
  • Must possess manual dexterity and visual acuity sufficient to accurately execute standard protocols.
  • Moderate lifting up to 25 lbs., unassisted.

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Posted: May 16, 2019


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