Employment Opportunity

Senior Director, Crime Laboratory Services

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

The Senior Director, Crime Laboratory Services is responsible for the overall scientific operation and administration of the Crime Laboratory Divisions (Evidence Intake, Toxicology, Drug Chemistry, Trace Evidence, Firearms Identification, and Forensic Genetics) including employment of qualified personnel and implementation of methods and procedures that provide accurate and reliable test results, and provides technical and administrative review of scientific reports.

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  • Monitors scientific operation and administration of crime laboratory disciplines, including Evidence Intake, Toxicology, Drug Chemistry, Trace Evidence, Forensic Genetics, and Firearms Identification, in accordance with Department policies and procedures, state statutes and regulations, and accreditations requirements.
  • Monitors the progress of laboratory divisions with respect to meeting goals and objectives, both short-term and long-term.
  • Coordinates with laboratory Directors regarding laboratory efficiency, methodologies, safety, current issues, scientific developments, caseload, and productivity.
  • Reviews personnel performance improvement plans and disciplinary actions, court testimony evaluations, and other staff feedback.
Administration / Budget:
  • Evaluates and recommends requirements for needed personnel, equipment, supplies, and additional spaces due to expansion of services or implementation of cutting-edge technologies.
  • Reviews and approves the annual budget for crime laboratory operations and support services.
  • Reviews and approves requisitions for reagents, equipment, and supplies.
  • Reviews and approves grant proposals and projects applicable to the crime laboratory.
  • Capable of conducting scientific casework and maintaining proficiency in one of the crime laboratory disciplines. Provides technical / expert review and/or interpretation (report writing) as needed.


  • Master's degree or Ph.D. in a Physical, Natural, or Applied Science.
  • Ten (10) years of experience in an accredited crime laboratory with five (5) years of experience in directing a crime laboratory discipline and supervising others.
  • Thorough understanding of accreditation standards and requirements for forensic laboratories.
  • Must provide a personal DNA sample to be maintained by the Department's Forensic Genetics Laboratory for quality assurance purposes.
  • Maintain a valid Texas Driver's License.
  • American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) or American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) certification.
  • Membership in relevant professional organization(s) such as AAFS, SWAFS, or ASCLD.
  • Appropriate licensure by the Texas Forensic Science Commission within the first year of employment and maintained for the duration of employment.
  • Must be available to work during severe weather events or other emergencies if necessary.
  • To qualify for this position, required education, experience, knowledge and skills must be clearly stated on your application's employment history. Resumes are welcome, but we do not use any information provided on your resume to qualify and refer you to the Hiring Department for consideration.

General Information

  • Full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday.
  • Weekends and evening shifts may be necessary.
  • Depends on Qualifications.
  • Based on 26-Pay Periods
Working Environment:
  • Office / laboratory setting
  • May come in contact with blood and/or blood borne pathogens
  • Possible exposure to dangerous chemicals
  • Primarily sedentary work

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Posted: April 9, 2021

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