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DNA Analyst III - Serology/DNA Operations Technician

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: July 28, 2020

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Under the direction of the Forensic Genetics Director, the employee performs:
  • Scientific examination and analysis of biological evidence collected in connection with death and criminal investigations. Testing may include screening for the presence of biological fluids and DNA analysis using PCR/STR based methods.
  • Analyst may be required to testify regarding analysis in a court of law as an expert witness.
  • 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 provide testimony as an expert witness in legal proceedings.
  • Maintains at least a minimum level of productivity as determined by 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 ANAB accreditation standards and the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories.
  • Maintains American Board of Criminalistics certification and meet ANAB 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.
  • Traces Evidence DNA Collection Team duties as applicable.
  • The employee must follow all established protocols and procedures.
  • May be assigned other tasks as deemed necessary by the Forensic Genetics Director.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Forensic Genetics Director or the Crime Laboratory Director.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science or a related field of physical science and One (1) year of laboratory experience.
  • OR
  • A graduate level degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science or a related field of physical science can substitute for the required laboratory experience.
  • The job requires work with laboratory chemicals and various biological fluids – potential exposure to blood borne pathogens.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 40 lbs. and sit or stand for long periods.
  • Must have visual acuity sufficient to perceive minute differences and details and to withstand the strain of continued close work.
  • Must successfully pass a test for colorblindness.
  • Must have manual dexterity sufficient to conduct laboratory tasks as determined by the Forensic Genetics Director.
  • Must provide a DNA sample to be maintained by the Forensic Genetics Laboratory for quality assurance purposes.
  • A valid driver's license and the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • American Board of Criminalistics certification is required within two (2) years of hire date.

  • Upon employment, the employee shall take and pass the licensure examination provided by the Texas Forensic Science Commission. Refer to Texas Administrative Code, Title 37, Part 15, Chapter 651, Subchapter C, Rule §651.207 for additional licensure requirements.
  • Master of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science or a related field of physical science with successful completion of a minimum of nine semester hours (or equivalent) of coursework in Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Experience with evidence screening, DNA extraction, quantification, PCR amplification of STR fragments, and ABI 310 Genetic Analyzer and/or ABI 3100 Genetic Analyzer.
  • 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: May 29, 2020

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