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Section Supervisor I, DNA

Texas Department of Public Safety, Tyler, Texas

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

Final Filing Date: May 11, 2021

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.
  • May perform the functions of the Technical Leader for the section. Technical Leaders take on additional responsibilities such as; protocol research, development, and approval; instrument and equipment validations; creating or updating training programs, monitoring quality assurance policies or duties; performing root cause analysis to determine the cause and corrective action for errors; and administering or evaluating competency and proficiency tests.
  • 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 with a Master’s level degree in Biology, Chemistry or Forensic Science related area, and successfully completed 12 semester or equivalent credit hours from a combination of undergraduate and graduate course work covering the following subject areas: biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and statistics or population genetics (at least three (3) credit hours must be at the graduate level). A waiver from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors and a Bachelor's Degree may substitute for the Master's Degree requirement.
  • Forensic science programs must be either FEPAC-accredited OR meet the minimum curriculum requirements pertaining to natural science core courses and specialized science courses set forth in the FEPAC Accreditation Standards. Must have a three-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 which should include a minimum of three (3) years’ experience (current or previous) as a qualified analyst working with human DNA forensic samples.
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.
Forensic Science –
  • Thorough knowledge of principles, techniques and procedures of related forensic science discipline; of understanding of identification principles. Knowledge of safety procedures for handling hazardous chemicals; of proper evidence handling procedures. Skill in use of laboratory equipment and materials. Ability to:
    • Coordinate the handling of evidence between sections;
    • Recommend improvements in methodology and equipment to management;
    • Communicate findings, orally and in writing, in a clear, concise and effective manner;
    • Conduct microscopic examinations requiring accuracy and concentration when relevant;
    • Conduct testing used in examination of evidence
    • Testify in court as an expert witness.

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Posted: April 28, 2021

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