DNA Analyst I

US Government, Institute of Forensic Sciences

The DNA Analyst performs scientific examination and analysis of biological evidence collected in connection with death and criminal investigations, including DNA testing and statistical analysis.

 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Testing may include screening for the presence of biological fluids and DNA analysis using PCR/STR based methods.

  • Findings are presented in a technical report and verbally in a court of law through expert witness testimony.

  • The employee must follow all established protocols and procedures and may be assigned other tasks as deemed necessary by the Forensic Genetics Director.

  • Conduct scientific laboratory examinations and analyses of specimens submitted by forensic pathologists and law enforcement officers from medico-legal and criminal cases.

  • 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 TFSC license requirements, 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. 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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