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Crime Lab Forensic Scientist 2 - Biology

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, Nashville, Tennessee

Salary: $55,401.82 - $63,709.90 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) Crime Laboratory Forensic Scientist 2 - Forensic Biology Unit shall be directly accountable to the MNPD Crime Laboratory Forensic Scientist Supervisor - Forensic Biology Unit for the performance of forensic professional and analytical work under moderate supervision.

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Typical Duties
  • Applies physical science to aid in the investigation of crimes.
  • Maintains and demonstrates efficiency in the field of forensic biology.
  • Assists with the training of forensic technicians and less experienced examiners under direction of supervisors.
  • Performs chemical, microscopic, and immunological tests on physical evidence.
  • Interprets and evaluates serological results and DNA data.
  • Performs validations on new equipment and procedures under the direction of the technical leader.
  • Conducts performance checks, recalibrations, and maintains records of laboratory equipment.
  • Conducts quality control testing on reagents and supplies.
  • Maintains technical forensic laboratory files and records of findings.
  • Prepares analytical reports and effectively communicates results of analyses.
  • Conducts technical and/or administrative reviews on scientific reports.
  • Provides expert testimony in court based on laboratory findings.
  • Ensures compliance with safety rules and regulations.
  • Maintains knowledge of currently used technologies and procedures through extensive reading of forensic literature and training.
  • Executes applicable operations of the laboratory information management system (LIMS).


Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, forensic science, or related area and shall have successfully completed 12 semester or equivalent credit hours from a combination of undergraduate and/or graduate coursework covering the following subject areas: biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and statistics or population genetics; and two (2) years of experience in a scientific laboratory. *Transcripts required.
  • No substitution.
  • Valid Driver License
  • Candidates with accreditations earned in a foreign institute are encouraged to apply.
  • Note: Per Metro Ordinance No. S094-1078, All employees of the Metropolitan Government shall be residents of the State of Tennessee or become residents of the state within six (6) months of employment as a prerequisite to employment with the Metropolitan Government.
Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge of and experience in using related laboratory instrumentation, computer software, calibration, validation, quality control, safety, accreditation, proficiency testing, and training.
  • Knowledge of international forensic laboratory accreditation standards.
  • Knowledge of Civil Service and departmental rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and manage caseload.
  • Experience with probabilistic genotyping.

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Posted: August 26, 2021

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