Employment Opportunity

DNA Laboratory Technician

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: May 11, 2024

Provide laboratory support to analysts in a forensic DNA laboratory setting.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Perform routine housekeeping duties such as the cleaning of laboratory areas, equipment and tools
  • Organize laboratory working and storage areas
  • Maintain laboratory cleanliness
  • Prepare laboratory reagents and supplies in accordance with laboratory policy
  • Monitor supply inventory and order supplies as needed
  • Monitor and update temperature logs of various instruments
  • Remove bio-hazardous waste to appropriate storage location
  • Prepare blood and tissue samples from decedents for long term storage
  • Assist DNA administrative staff with release of laboratory case reports and other administrative duties as assigned
  • May participate in limited casework technical support role
  • Assist in ensuring the laboratory remains in compliance with the ANAB accreditation standards and the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA testing laboratories
  • Follow rigorously all Safety, Method Manual, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control protocols
  • Other duties as assigned by the Forensic Genetics Laboratory Director.

 Earn a Degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Science, Computer Forensics or Forensic Psychology


  • Associates degree in a physical science such as Biology or Chemistry
  • At least six months work history in a laboratory environment
  • Must maintain a valid Texas Driver's License and ability to safely operate a motor vehicle
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Computer literacy in the use of Microsoft Office applications
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • Motivated and dedicated to completing tasks on schedule
Additional Requirements:
  • Must provide a DNA sample to be maintained by the Forensic Genetics Laboratory for quality assurance purposes
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree
  • Experience: One year of experience work history in a laboratory environment

General Information

Position Type, and Typical Hours of Work:
  • Full-Time | 40 hours per week
  • May include night or evening work as assigned
Work Environment:
  • Office/ Laboratory setting
  • The job requires work with laboratory chemicals and various biological fluids – potential exposure to blood borne pathogens.
Physical Demands:
  • Must be able 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 at test for colorblindness.
  • Must have manual dexterity sufficient to conduct laboratory tasks as determined by the Forensic Genetics Laboratory Director.

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Posted: March 13, 2024

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