DNA Technical Leader

Metro Nashville Police Department Crime Lab, Madison (Nashville area), TN, US


  • 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).


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

  • Some remote work opportunities available
  • 20 vacation days per year
  • 3 Personal days per year
  • 1 Sick Day per month
  • 12 paid holidays per year
  • Great health insurance options

How to apply

Website http://www.nashville.gov/Human-Resources/Employment-Opportunities.aspx