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Section Supervisor I, Bio/DNA

Texas Department of Public Safety, Austin, Texas

Salary: $ 6,319.76 - $8,419.79 per month

Final Filing Date: Ongoing

Performs advanced (senior-level) forensic science management work. Work involves overseeing crime laboratory work, tests, analysis, and identification of physical evidence or database samples; interpreting analytical results; developing and instructing staff on new techniques and procedures; preparing technical reports and records; and testifying as an expert witness. Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

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  • Manages personnel in the section regarding work assignments, priorities, expectations and may serve as the Technical Leader for the discipline.
  • Oversees the laboratory/section by reviewing laboratory reports and work records; ensures that quality work is performed, accurate reports are issued, and all quality assurance measures are being met.
  • Ascertains that evidence or database samples are secured, and properly marked and sealed; inventories evidence per guidelines; oversees receipt of evidence, destruction, and return of evidence.
  • Participates in personnel decisions, trains employees and monitors their performance, assists in arranging for additional training for employees.
  • Conducts liaison with area law enforcement personnel and prosecuting attorneys to meet needs.
  • Provides summaries of certain laboratory activity on a monthly or quarterly basis.
  • Assigns casework to personnel and may conduct staff meetings.
  • Coordinates the scheduling of laboratory staff for court appearances.
  • Requests replacement of equipment when needed.
  • Attends work regularly and observes approved work hours in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Education –
  • Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a major in Biology, Chemistry, or Forensic Science related area and successful completion of nine (9) semester or equivalent credit hours covering biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology (molecular genetics) AND one three (3) semester credit hour (or equivalent) college-level statistics course from an accredited university or a program approved by the Commission.
Experience –
  • A minimum of four (4) years of progressively complex work experience in a forensic laboratory in the field of DNA Analysis.
Licensure and/or Certification –
  • Must possess a valid driver license from state of residence.
Regulatory knowledge –
  • Working knowledge of, or the ability to rapidly assimilate information related to TXDPS, State and Federal regulations, legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures.
Supervisory/Managerial/Leadership Skills –
  • Knowledge of management and supervisory methods and principles, performance and productivity standards, and fiscal/budget management. Able to develop plans, policies, and procedures for efficient workflow and overall effectiveness. Must exhibit integrity; provide clear direction to subordinates; promote teamwork and be able to motivate others to accomplish goals.

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Posted: January 27, 2021

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