Serology/DNA Operations Technician

US Government, Institute of Forensic Sciences

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.

Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Conduct scientific laboratory examinations and analyses of specimens submitted by forensic pathologists and law enforcement officers from medico-legal and criminal cases.
  • May prepare written reports that support the analytical findings and provide testimony as an expert witness in legal proceedings.
  • Maintain at least a minimum level of productivity as determined by Forensic Genetics Laboratory Director.
  • Participate in training, competency testing, and proficiency testing according to established protocols.
  • Successfully complete proficiency testing requirements.
  • Operate and maintain laboratory instruments.
  • Train new lab employees as delegated by the Forensic Genetics Director.
  • Participate in peer review of cases.
  • Assist in ensuring the laboratory remains in compliance with the ANAB accreditation standards and the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories.
  • Maintain 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.
  • 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.
Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer https://hrrm.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/EqualEmploymentOpportunityPlan.aspx If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email ADACoordinator@bmd.hctx.net. 
This position is subject to a criminal history check. Only relevant convictions will be considered and, even when considered, may not automatically disqualify the candidate.
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