Employment Opportunity


Serology/DNA Operations Technician

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: May 12, 2022

Under the direction of the Forensic Genetics Director, the employee will perform scientific examination and analysis of biological evidence collected in connection with death and criminal investigations. Testing may include screening for the presence of biological fluids and DNA analysis using PCR/STR based methods. Analyst may be required to testify regarding analysis in a court of law as an expert witness. The employee must follow all established protocols and procedures and may be assigned other tasks as deemed necessary by the Forensic Genetics Director.

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Duties:

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Conducts scientific laboratory examinations and analyses of specimens submitted by forensic pathologists and law enforcement officers from medico-legal and criminal cases.
  • Prepares written reports that support the analytical findings and provide testimony as an expert witness in legal proceedings.
  • Maintains at least a minimum level of productivity as determined by Forensic Genetics Laboratory Director.
  • Participates in training, competency testing, and proficiency testing according to established protocols. • Successfully complete proficiency testing requirements.
  • Operates and maintain laboratory instruments.
  • Trains new lab employees as delegated by the Forensic Genetics Director.
  • Participates in peer review of cases.
  • Assists in ensuring the laboratory remains in compliance with the ANAB accreditation standards and the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories.
  • Maintains American Board of Criminalistics certification and meet ANAB standards and the FBI Quality Assurance Standards by attending continuing education/training courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, and professional meetings.
  • Follows rigorously all Safety, Method Manual, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control protocols.
  • Traces Evidence DNA Collection Team duties as applicable.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Forensic Genetics Director or the Crime Laboratory Director.


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Requirements:

Requirements
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, or a related field of physical science.
  • Successful completion of a minimum of nine semester hours (or equivalent) of coursework in Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology.
  • College coursework in the subject areas of statistics and/or population genetics.
  • One (1) year of laboratory experience or,
  • A graduate level degree can substitute for the required laboratory experience.
  • American Board of Criminalistics certification is required within Two (2) years of hire date.
  • Upon employment, the employee shall take and pass the licensure examination provided by the Texas Forensic Science Commission. Refer to Texas Administrative Code, Title 37, Part 15, Chapter 651, Subchapter C, Rule §651.207 for additional licensure requirements.
  • COMPLETE TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED WITH APPLICATION
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL & ABILITIES:
  • The job requires work with laboratory chemicals and various biological fluids – potential exposure to blood borne pathogens.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 40 lbs. and sit or stand for long periods.
  • Must have visual acuity sufficient to perceive minute differences and details and to withstand the strain of continued close work.
  • Must successfully pass a test for colorblindness.
  • Must have manual dexterity sufficient to conduct laboratory tasks as determined by the Forensic Genetics Director.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license and the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Must provide a DNA sample to be maintained by the Forensic Genetics Laboratory for quality assurance purposes.
NOTE:
  • Qualifying education, experience, knowledge, and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.
Preferences
  • Master of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science or a related field of physical science with successful completion of a minimum of nine semester hours (or equivalent) of coursework in Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology.
  • College coursework in the subject areas of statistics and/or population genetics.
  • Minimum of One (1) year of laboratory experience conducting DNA tests in a forensic DNA laboratory.
  • A graduate level degree can substitute for the required laboratory experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL & ABILITIES:
  • Knowledge of forensic DNA principles, laboratory techniques and technology.
  • Knowledge of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Short Tandem Repeat (STR) analysis, and capillary electrophoresis methods.
  • Knowledge of biological evidence collection and preservation techniques, rules of evidence, forensic serology, basic human anatomy and physiology, and basic laboratory safety.
  • Experience with evidence screening, DNA extraction, quantification, PCR amplification of STR fragments, and ABI 310 Genetic Analyzer and/or ABI 3100 Genetic Analyzer.
  • Computer literacy in the use of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) and familiarity with database applications such as JusticeTrax LIMS and CODIS.
  • Membership in one or more professional forensic organizations and certification in a related area from the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC).

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