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DNA Analyst III - Serology/DNA Operations Technician

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: October 9, 2020

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


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.


  • Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, or a related field of physical science AND One (1) year of laboratory experience.
  • Successful completion of nine (9) semester hours (or equivalent) of coursework in Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology.
  • College coursework in the subject areas of Statistics and/or Population Genetics.
  • 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.
  • OR
  • A graduate level degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, or a related field of physical science can substitute for the required laboratory experience.
Environmental, Physical and Visual Requirements:
  • 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.
  • American Board of Criminalistics certification is required within two (2) years of hire date.
  • 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).
  • Familiarity with database applications such as JusticeTrax LIMS and CODIS.
  • Membership in one or more professional forensic organizations and certification in a related area from the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC).

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Posted: September 14, 2020

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