DNA Technical Lead - Police/Crime Laboratory

MNPD Crime Laboratory, Madison , TN, US


The MNPD Crime Laboratory DNA Technical Leader – Forensic Biology Unit 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.

All positions in the MNPD require an extensive background check. This position may be eligible for remote work opportunities pending departmental approval. *Attach transcripts with application*

Typical Duties:

  • Review, revise, approve, and propose new DNA-related technical policies and procedures.
  • Facilitate training of laboratory personnel in DNA analysis and procedures.
  • Approve and direct the review of the Forensic Biology Quality System.
  • Maintain knowledge of currently used technologies and procedures through extensive reading of forensic literature and training.
  • Oversee, review, and approve new DNA method validations and new equipment.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve DNA technical equipment and supplies.
  • Ensure proficiency testing, quality control, and safety measures are being followed as outlined in the Quality Manual, Procedures, and the Safety Manual.
  • Serve as a technical reference regarding DNA analyses.
  • Act as a mediator in the technical review of DNA analyses.
  • Recommend new DNA technical equipment and supplies.
  • Maintain and demonstrate efficiency in the field of forensic biology.
  • Perform chemical, microscopic, and immunological tests on physical evidence.
  • Maintain technical forensic laboratory files and records of findings.
  • Prepare analytical reports and effectively communicate results of analyses.
  • Conduct technical and/or administrative reviews on scientific reports.
  • Determine CODIS eligibility.
  • Provide expert testimony in court based on laboratory findings.
  • Interpret and evaluate serological results and DNA data.
  • Execute applicable operations of the laboratory information management system (LIMS).


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited institution in a field of science such as biology, chemistry, forensic science, or related area; completed twelve (12) coursework hours in areas of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and statistics or population genetics; and five (5) years of forensic laboratory experience, with three (3) years experience as a qualified DNA analyst.
  • Certifications, specific skills, knowledge, and related experience will be considered.
  • Candidates will have experience with a probabilistic genotyping software and laboratory information management system desired.


$76,236.20 - $107,045.44 Annually

Full-time, Civil Service positions:

  • 10 Vacation Days per year (increasing after 5 years of service)
  • 1 Sick Day per month
  • 12 Paid Holidays per year

Public Safety, Sworn and Civilian positions:

  • 20 vacation days per year
  • 3 Personal days per year
  • 1 Sick Day per month
  • 12 paid holidays per year

Part-time, Non Civil Service positions:  Visit HR and Benefits webpages for more information.

Full-time, Non Civil Service positions: Contact hiring department for benefits information

Seasonal/Temporary positions: No benefits offered.

Nashville and the surrounding area is a great place to live with lots of good food, sports, and celebrity sightings. Not only do you have the city atmosphere but nearby there are plenty of outdoor activities, like hiking and canoeing/kayaking. In addition to a competitive salary and great medical benefits, employees qualify for longevity pay starting at 5 years and are fully invested in a nice pension plan after 10 years. We have been lucky in the past with regular yearly cost of living increases.

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