Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist (DNA)

Department of Forensic Sciences, Washington DC

Salary: $55,230.00 - $71,106.00 per year

Final Filing Date: April 8, 2021

The position is primarily responsible for routine administrative casework functions and forensic biology laboratory work, which includes: laboratory aspects of casework, accreditation, quality assurance and control programs within the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL).

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Duties and Responsibilities
  • The Forensic Scientist (DNA) utilizes experience and/or training to perform a variety of operations in a forensic laboratory setting, e.g., laboratory testing for casework and accreditation. Prepares and maintains detailed records in accordance with laboratory, accreditation, and statutory requirements. Demonstrates continuous efforts to improve operations and works cooperatively and jointly to provide seamless customer service. Conducts routine functions for the forensic biology unit, to include but not limited: to maintenance and evaluation of data sets, case/evidence tracking, monitoring laboratory inventory, professional communications with customer agencies and monitoring of testing requests. Utilizes computer software to analyze results of laboratory testing results; such as, casework and quality/performance checks to perform quality control measures and laboratory functions.
  • The incumbent applies routine procedures and takes corrective action as instructed. Accepts and resolves incidences of abnormal or unusual specimens in accordance with written or verbal instructions. Assists with maintaining quality control procedures and coordinating the laboratory program with the overall quality control program of the laboratory. Maintains and calibrates complex equipment used for a variety of test and evaluation procedures and works with managers, supervisors, technical leads, lead scientists and/or team leaders and other personnel to ensure laboratory and accreditation standards are met.


Qualifications and Education
  • Successful completion of a 4-year course of study from an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or 24 semester course hours in: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position and one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the CS-7 level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, including but not limited to: experience in quality control procedures and accreditation standards, standard laboratory rules and safety precautions regarding chemicals, toxins, and biohazards and evidence collection and preservation procedures.
Work Conditions/Environment
  • The work is performed in an office and laboratory. The office setting is when preparing documentation, and the laboratory setting is during the testing phase.
  • The incumbent may be exposed to hazardous materials, toxic substance, blood borne pathogens, and electric current and electrostatic discharge and is required to follow safe laboratory practices and wear protective clothing including facial masks, safety glasses, gloves, ear protection, etc.

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Posted: March 27, 2021

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