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Crime Lab Forensic Scientist 3 - Biology

Metro Nashville Police Department Crime Laboratory, Nashville, Tennessee

Salary: $59,085.44 - $67,949.55 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

The Metro Nashville Police Department Crime Laboratory Forensic Scientist – Forensic Biology Unit shall be directly accountable to the MNPD Crime Laboratory Forensic Scientist Supervisor - Forensic Biology Unit for laboratory analyses and related duties. Must be willing and able to work overtime, holidays, and weekends as needed.

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  • Performs chemical, microscopic, and immunological tests on physical evidence
  • Interprets and evaluates serological results and DNA data
  • Performs validations on new equipment and procedures
  • Conducts performance checks, recalibrations, and maintains records of laboratory equipment
  • Conducts quality control testing on reagents and supplies
  • Maintains technical forensic laboratory files and records of findings
  • Prepares analytical reports and effectively communicates results of analyses
  • Conducts technical and/or administrative reviews on scientific reports
  • Provides expert testimony in court based on laboratory findings
  • Maintains and demonstrates efficiency in the field of Serology/DNA
  • Acts as backup Technical Leader
  • Assists with the training of forensic technicians and less experienced examiners under direction of supervisor
  • Ensures compliance with safety rules and regulations
  • Executes applicable operations of the laboratory information management system (LIMS)


Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, forensic science, or related area and five (5) years of experience in forensic biology casework, including three (3) years as a qualified analyst on DNA forensic samples in an accredited scientific laboratory. No substitution.
  • Candidates with accreditations earned in a foreign institute are encouraged to apply.
  • Valid Driver License
Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Master's degree in biology, chemistry, forensic science or related area
  • Knowledge of forensic laboratory accreditation standards
  • Knowledge of recent case decisions in forensic science
  • Knowledge of laws that pertain to the collection, analyses, and preservation of physical evidence

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Posted: December 5, 2019

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