Employment Opportunity

Senior DNA Analyst

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Charlottesville, Virginia

Salary: Not stated

Final Filing Date: Continuous

To provide Human DNA Laboratory Analysts to operate, maintain and perform sample analysis with laboratory instrumentation, tools and techniques on collected samples of biological material in CONUS and/or OCONUS locations.

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  • Define new methods to support expansion of laboratory capabilities and improve/solve existing method deficiencies
  • Assist in developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Review, evaluate, and analyze data from samples and provide database entry support
  • Collect potential DNA samples from materials using approved procedures designed to minimize the possibility of sample contamination
  • All samples shall be properly packaged, marked and stored in preparation for extraction
  • Generate STR DNA profiles from unknown and reference/elimination samples
  • Analyze and interpret data from analyses which typically consist of complex mixtures and low template level samples
  • Use photographic equipment to capture still images of each item and relevant key portions of the item, or other exhibits, to support further analysis, conclusions, and documentation
  • Annotate the file documentation, detailing the processing techniques and the examination results
  • Perform administrative and/or technical reviews of files, reports, and data
  • Perform equipment/instrument maintenance and troubleshooting on equipment/instrumentation such as the following:
    • Real-Time PCR
    • Thermocyclers
    • Genetic analyzers
    • Robotic equipment
  • Ensure a proper chain of custody for all materials and samples is maintained
  • Maintain a clean laboratory and personal workspace environment, in accordance with laboratory procedures
  • Train junior personnel on equipment, instruments, methods, and procedures


  • Bachelor’s degree in science (e.g., biology, biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, forensics) coupled with 10 years directly relatable experience or a Master’s degree coupled with 5 years directly relatable experience
  • 5 years of experience working in the Intelligence Community (IC) environment
  • Proficiency working with analytical methodologies such as DNA extraction, Real-time PCR, PCR, genetic analysis using current genetic analyzers, data analysis using analysis software platforms Genemapper® ID-X or STRMix, DNA profile comparison, interpretation, and statistical analysis
  • Must possess, at a minimum, intermediate computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project and Outlook
  • Must be able to successfully pass all medical requirements for deployment, as needed
  • Must be able to successfully pass a skills assessment
  • Experience working in a forensic laboratory performing DNA analysis
  • Must be able to successfully pass a skills assessment.
  • Currently have an active DoD Secret security clearance
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Eligible for both US Tourist Passport and US Official Passport
  • Professional certification such as American Board of Criminalistics (ABC)
  • Previous experience as a DNA analyst in an accredited forensic laboratory
  • Ability to meet the customer's QAS minimum requirements for a DNA Examiner / Analyst
  • An active DoD security clearance – Top Secret w/ SCI eligibility or TS/SCI
  • Deployed experience in an Analytical/Operational environment

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Posted: November 8, 2016

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