Crime Lab Forensic Scientist 3 - DNA Technical Leader

Metro Nashville Police Department- Crime Lab, Madison , TN, US


The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) Crime Lab Forensic Scientist 3 - DNA Technical Leader shall be directly accountable to the MNPD Crime Laboratory Forensic Scientist Supervisor – Forensic Biology Unit for the management of the technical operations of the Forensic Biology Unit.

Typical Duties:

  • Reviews, revises, approves, and proposes new DNA-related technical policies and procedures
  • Facilitates training of laboratory personnel in DNA analysis and procedures
  • Approves and directs the review of the Forensic Biology Quality System
  • Stays abreast of currently used technologies and procedures through extensive reading of forensic literature and training
  • Oversees, reviews, and approves new DNA method validations and new equipment
  • Troubleshoots and resolves DNA technical equipment and supplies
  • Ensures proficiency testing, quality control, and safety measures are being followed as outlined in the Quality Manual, Procedures, and the Safety Manual
  • Serves as a technical reference regarding DNA analyses
  • Acts as a mediator in the technical review of DNA analyses
  • Recommends new DNA technical equipment and supplies
  • Maintains and demonstrates efficiency in the field of forensic biology
  • Performs chemical, microscopic, and immunological tests on physical evidence
  • Maintains technical forensic laboratory files and records of findings
  • Prepares analytical reports and effectively communicates results of analyses
  • Conducts technical and/or administrative reviews on scientific reports
  • Determines CODIS eligibility
  • Provides expert testimony in court based on laboratory findings
  • Interprets and evaluates serological results and DNA data
  • Executes applicable operations of the laboratory information management system (LIMS)


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in a field of science such as biology, chemistry, forensic science, or related area
  • Five (5) years of forensic laboratory experience, with three (3) years experience as a qualified DNA analyst

Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited institution in a field of science such as biology, chemistry, or forensic science
  • Knowledge of and experience in using related laboratory instrumentation, computer software, calibration, validation, quality control, safety, accreditation, proficiency testing, and training
  • Knowledge of international forensic laboratory accreditation standards
  • Experience with probabilistic genotyping software
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite


$63,608.96 - $82,694.46 Annually Metro offers a generous core benefit package to eligible employees who are regularly and consistently working 20 or more hours per week. Insurance and benefit coverage is effective the first of the month after the employee has worked 30 days. Employees can change their benefits within 60 days of an eligible change in status or during Annual Enrollment. Metro also offers optional benefits from which the employee may choose. Family members, including eligible spouses, domestic partners and children, are covered under most of our benefits programs. CORE BENEFITS Medical: Choice of two plans; Metro pays 75% of premium Dental: Choice of two plans; Metro pays for single coverage Basic Life: $50,000 basic term life coverage; Metro pays 100% of premium Pension*: Formula-driven pension; 100% Metro funded; 10 year vesting for new employees Paid Family Leave: Runs concurrently with time designated as FMLA leave (up to 30 days) Longevity: Annual bonus beginning after 5 years of service; increases annually up to 20 years Work Life/ Employee Assistance Program: Wide variety of counseling, referral and consultation services provided free Other**: In-line-of-duty injury benefits, AD&D insurance, and Medical Disability eligibility after 10 years with Metro Paid leave: (Full-time employees) Vacation: 20 vacation days a year Holidays: 12 holidays per year (Courts may be different) Sick leave: 12 days of sick leave per year Personal leave: 3 days per year Other leaves: Judicial leave, military leave, bereavement leave * Normal Pension for Sworn- Age 53 with 22 years service; Civilian Pension - Age 60 with 25 years service **See the Human Resources webpage for more details and optional benefits at

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