DNA Laboratory Technician

Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, TX, US


To provide laboratory support to analysts in a forensic DNA laboratory setting


  • Perform routine housekeeping duties such as the cleaning of laboratory areas, equipment and tools
  • Organize laboratory working and storage areas
  • Maintain laboratory cleanliness
  • Prepare laboratory reagents and supplies in accordance with laboratory policy
  • Monitor supply inventory and order supplies as needed
  • Monitor and update temperature logs of various instruments
  • Remove bio-hazardous waste to appropriate storage location
  • Prepare blood and tissue samples from decedents for long term storage
  • Assist DNA administrative staff with release of laboratory case reports and other administrative duties as assigned
  • May participate in limited casework technical support role Assist in ensuring the laboratory remains in compliance with the ANAB accreditation standards and the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA testing laboratories
  • Follow rigorously all Safety, Method Manual, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control protocols
  • Other duties as assigned by the Forensic Genetics Laboratory Director.


  • Associate degree in a Physical Science such as Biology or Chemistry
  • Complete transcript required with the application
  • Six (6) months’ work history in a laboratory environment
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license and the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle
  • Must successfully pass test for colorblindness
  • Must provide a personal DNA sample to be maintained by the Department's Forensic Genetics Laboratory for quality assurance purposes
  • Computer literacy in the use of Microsoft Office applications
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • Motivated and dedicated to completing tasks on schedule
  • The job requires work with laboratory chemicals and various biological fluids – potential exposure to blood borne pathogens.
  • Bachelor's degree in a physical science such as Biology or Chemistry -One (1) year of work history in a laboratory environment preferred.


The following list of benefits is offered only to employees in regular (full-time) positions:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Wellness
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 10 days of vacation each year for the first five (5) years of service. Accrual rates increase based on years of service.
  • 10 county holidays plus one (1) floating holiday
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan
  • Healthcare Reimbursement Account
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan

The following benefits are also available to regular (full-time) employment and may be available to part-time employees:

  • Retirement pension (TCDRS)
  • Flexible schedules (varies by department)
  • Transportation Assistance (Metro RideSponsor Program)

How to apply

Qualifying education, experience, knowledge, and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.