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DNA Analyst I

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: December 9, 2020

The DNA Analyst performs scientific examination and analysis of biological evidence collected in connection with death and criminal investigations, including DNA testing and statistical analysis.

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Duties:

  • Testing may include screening for the presence of biological fluids and DNA analysis using PCR/STR based methods.
  • Prepares written reports that support the analytical findings and provide testimony as an expert witness in legal proceedings.
  • Must follow all established protocols and procedures and may be assigned other tasks as deemed necessary by the Forensic Genetics Director.
  • 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 complete proficiency testing requirements.
  • Operates and maintain 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 TFSC license requirements, 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.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Forensic Genetics Director or the Crime Laboratory Director.

Requirements:

Requirements
  • B.A./B.S. degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, or a related field of physical science with successful completion of nine (9) semester hours (or equivalent) of coursework in Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology.
  • Successfully completed of a minimum of three (3) semester hours of coursework in statistics coursework in statistics.
  • Required coursework must comply with the FBI’s Quality Assurance Standards and DNA Analyst coursework requirements outlined in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 37, Part 15, Chapter 651, Subchapter C, Rule §651.207. https://bit.ly/3k0G7pD.
  • One (1) year of laboratory experience.
  • Works with laboratory chemicals and various biological fluids – potential exposure to blood borne pathogens.
  • Must provide a DNA sample to be maintained by the Forensic Genetics Laboratory for quality assurance purposes.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license and the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
NOTE:
  • This position requires licensure by the Texas Forensic Science Commission.
Required Certification and/or Licensure:
  • Certification in a related area from the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is required within two (2) years of hire date, or acknowledgement of this job description, and must be maintained for the duration of employment.
  • Licensure must likewise be maintained for the duration of employment.
Physical and Visual Requirements: M
  • ust be able to lift a minimum of 40 lbs. and sit or stand for long periods.
  • Must have manual dexterity sufficient to conduct laboratory tasks as determined by the Forensic Genetics Director.
  • 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.
Preferences
  • Master of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, or a related field of physical science.
  • One (1) year of laboratory experience conducting DNA tests in a forensic DNA laboratory. Knowledge of forensic DNA principles, laboratory techniques and technology.
  • 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 Genetic Analyzers.
  • Computer literacy in the use of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) and 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).
  • Membership in one or more professional forensic organizations.

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Posted: November 20, 2020

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