Employment Opportunity

Laboratory Technician 2

Washington State Patrol, Seattle, Tacoma, or Vancouver, Washington

Salary: $3,432.00 - $4,492.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: November 17, 2019

The primary responsibility of these positions is to provide maintenance, administrative support and quality assurance to the DNA section of their assigned laboratory.

  • CODIS Laboratory (Seattle)
  • Tacoma Crime Laboratory
  • Vancouver Crime Laboratory

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Participate in quality assurance processes as required for accreditation and by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) DNA Quality Assurance Standards.
  • Prepare reagents and assist in maintaining chemical inventories.
  • Perform and document quality control checks of critical reagents and supplies.
  • Perform and appropriately document DNA extraction, quantizations, amplification, capillary electrophoresis (CE) detection, and data analysis of non-probative reference materials.
  • Maintain a clean laboratory environment, prevent contamination, and ensure laboratory safety.
  • Perform and document instrument and equipment maintenance, performance checks, sensitivity monitoring, and calibration schedules.
  • Participate in and document temperature monitoring processes, including unit maintenance and periodic National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) calibration checks.
  • Order supplies and monitor inventory.
  • Perform electronic data backup and archival.
  • Coordinate biohazard waste disposal.
  • Conduct safety checks (eye wash, fire extinguishers, showers, first aid kits, fume hoods).


Required Qualifications:
  • Associate's degree or higher in biology, chemistry, lab technology, micro or molecular biology.
  • Working knowledge of basic laboratory tools such as pipettes and balances.
  • Understand and practice the principles of laboratory safety.
  • Demonstrate basic computer skills necessary for word processing, data entry, data management/analysis and imaging.
  • Must have a valid, unrestricted Washington State driver's license.
  • Must be willing to travel throughout the state for meetings, training and providing assistance as required.
  • Must be willing to provide an oral DNA sample to be used in the CODIS Elimination Profile Index.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Understand, operate and maintain scientific instruments and equipment.
  • Demonstrate skills specific to a DNA laboratory: Excellent lab skills to prevent contamination. Very well organized. Maintains accurate and complex documentation. A high attention to detail. Good computer and math skills. Good manual dexterity/ability to manipulate small tubes.
  • Ability to provide recommendations and apply process improvement approaches.
  • Ability to maintain strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong customer service skills.
  • Willing to work as a team member using non-defensive communication skills, and provide input into team functions and products.
  • Willing to adapt to changing business needs, conditions and work responsibilities.
  • Ability to comprehend and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to demonstrate self-motivation in assigned duties and in personal career development.
Willing to work with or without close supervision, accept appropriate direction and follow the chain of command.

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Posted: November 4, 2019

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