Employment Opportunity

DNA Analyst III - Serology/DNA

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: March 23, 2017

Under the direction of the Forensic Genetics Director, the employee performs scientific examination and analysis of biological evidence collected in connection with death and criminal investigations.

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  • Testing may also include screening for the presence of biological fluids and DNA analysis using Polymerase Chain Reaction/Short Tandem Restraints (PCR/STR) based methods.
  • Analyst may be required to testify regarding analysis in a court of law as an expert witness in legal proceedings.
  • Follows all established protocols and procedures.
  • 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.
  • 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 completes proficiency testing requirements.
  • Operates and maintains 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 ASCLD/LAB accreditation standards and the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories.
  • Maintains American Board of Criminalistics certification and meets ASCLD/LAB standards and the FBI Quality Assurance Standards by attending continuing education/training courses, workshops, seminars, conferences and professional meetings.
  • Follow rigorously all Safety, Method Manual, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control protocols.
  • Trace Evidence DNA Collection Team duties as applicable.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Forensic Genetics Director or the Crime Laboratory Director.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science or a related field in physical science and
  • One (1) year of experience working in a laboratory using recent technology including the use of a variety of microscopes;
  • OR a Master's of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science or related field of physical science with college coursework or training in the subject areas of statistics and/or population genetics will substitute for the required one year of laboratory experience.
  • Visual acuity sufficient to perceive minute differences and detail and to withstand the strain of continued close work.
  • Must have a manual dexterity to perform assigned laboratory tasks as determined by the Forensic Genetics Laboratory Director.
  • Must successfully pass a test for colorblindness.
  • Will also provide a DNA sample which is maintained by the Forensic Genetic Laboratory for quality assurance purposes.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 45lbs.
  • Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time.
  • Possess and maintain valid driver's license and ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Master of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science or a related field of physical science with successful completion of nine semester hours (or equivalent) coursework in Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology.
  • One (1) year of laboratory experience conducting DNA tests in a forensic DNA laboratory.
  • 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 Power Point) and familiarity with database applications such as: Justice Trax, LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) and CODIS (Combine DNA Index System).
  • 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.
  • Membership in one or more professional forensic organizations.
  • Certification in a related area from the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC).
Work Environment
  • Works with laboratory chemicals and various biological fluids with the potential exposure to blood borne pathogens.

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Posted: January 24, 2017

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