DFS: Forensic Scientist Technical Leader (DNA)

Department of Forensic Science, Washington, DC, US

Responsibilities

The Forensic Scientist Technical Leader (DNA) oversees the technical operations of the FBU laboratory and ensure that the methodologies and procedures used in performing casework are in compliance with established standards and accreditation requirements and remain appropriate and relevant in the context of emerging technologies. Oversees the FBU laboratory quality system to ensure compliance with all associated quality standards pertaining to International 17025 – based accreditation status and Federal Bureau of Investigation Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories. Evaluates and documents approval of all validations and methods used by the laboratory and propose new or modified analytical procedures used by scientists in the FBU.

The incumbent reviews, on an annual basis, the procedures of the laboratory and document such a review. Reviews internal and external DNA Audit documents and, if applicable, approve corrective action(s), and document such review. Inspects and evaluates equipment, objects, information, and work-related conditions to ensure compliance with agency prescribed operating procedures and safety standards, regulations, and guidelines to include manufacturer’s specifications on computerized scientific equipment and national laboratory accreditation and QAS standards.

Qualifications

A degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position and one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the CS-13 grade level; OR Courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position and one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the CS-13 grade level.

A minimum of six years of forensic DNA laboratory experience obtained at a laboratory where forensic DNA testing was conducted for the identification and evaluation of biological evidence in criminal matters and a minimum of three years of human DNA (current or previous) experience as a qualified analyst on forensic samples is preferred.

A master's degree in a biology-, chemistry-, or forensic science-related area to include twelve (12) semester hours or equivalent credit hours including a combination of graduate and undergraduate coursework or classes covering Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Statistics / Population Genetics. Of the 12 semester or equivalent credit hours required, the coursework must include at least one graduate level course registering 3 or more semester or equivalent credit hours is highly desired.

Compensation

https://dchr.dc.gov/page/employee-benefits

How to apply

DC Government policy requires that you complete the online application to be considered for this role. Interested applicants should submit an application through the https://careers.dc.gov.

Please reference “DFS: Forensic Scientist Technical Leader (DNA), or Job ID #: 19845.

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