Employment Opportunity

DNA Laboratory Technician

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: September 9, 2020

Under the supervision of the Forensic Genetics Laboratory Director provides laboratory support to analysts in a forensic DNA laboratory setting.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Provides laboratory support to analysts in a forensic DNA laboratory setting.
  • Performs routine housekeeping duties such as the cleaning of laboratory areas, equipment, and tools.
  • Organizes laboratory working and storage areas.
  • Maintains laboratory cleanliness.
  • Prepares laboratory reagents and supplies in accordance with laboratory policy.
  • Monitors supply inventory and order supplies as needed.
  • Monitors and update temperature logs of various instruments.
  • Removes bio-hazardous waste to appropriate storage location.
  • Prepares blood and tissue samples from decedents for long term storage.
  • Assists DNA administrative staff with release of laboratory case reports and other administrative duties as assigned.
  • May participate in limited casework technical support role.
  • Assists in ensuring the laboratory remains in compliance with the ANAB accreditation standards and the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA testing laboratories.
  • Follows rigorously all Safety, Method Manual, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control protocols.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Forensic Genetics Laboratory Director.


  • Associates degree in a physical science such as Biology or Chemistry.
  • Six (6) months work history in a laboratory environment.
  • Must maintain a valid driver's license and the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Must provide a DNA sample to be maintained by the Forensic Genetics Laboratory for quality assurance purposes
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Computer literacy in the use of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail.
  • Motivated and dedicated to completing tasks on schedule.
Environmental/Physical and Visual Requirements:
  • Works with laboratory chemicals and various biological fluids – potential exposure to blood borne pathogens.
  • Must have manual dexterity sufficient to conduct laboratory tasks as determined by the Forensic Genetics Laboratory Director.
  • 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 at test for colorblindness.
  • Bachelor's degree in a physical science.
  • One (1) year of work history in a laboratory environment.

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Posted: July 10, 2020

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