Forensic Examiner - DNA 1

ORAU (Oak Ridge Associated Universities), US


PURPOSE: To perform independent routine to moderately complex technical examinations of evidence to include DNA analyses. Responsible for conducting specialized analytical procedures, conducting examination of evidence, and providing reports.


  • Performs routine to moderately complex analyses, tests, and examinations involving a variety of biological materials.
  • Conducts assigned examinations and experiments utilizing well defined methods and a variety of scientific tools, equipment, instrumentation and techniques.
  • Participates with senior examiners to decide the nature and extent of examinations to be conducted on more complex materials and items of evidence.
  • Assists in maintaining laboratory instruments are in a state of readiness, supplies are sufficient to support laboratory operations and that all necessary safety precautions and applicable regulations are followed.
  • Assigned to coordinate routine to moderately complex matters related to scope of analyses with other laboratory units, outside agencies, and related entities.
  • Travel: OCONUS deployment required on rotational basis.



  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Forensic Science, Chemistry or related discipline.
  • Must have four (4) years of experience working in a forensic laboratory performing DNA analysis on criminal evidence, including blood and bloodstains, body fluids, and stains of body fluids, hair and other items requiring DNA or related analysis; generation of DNA profiles, performance of visual and microscopic examination of hairs; comparison of evidence from victims, scenes, or instruments of incidents to evidence from suspects.
  • Professional certification such as American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is desired. Experience as Forensic Nuclear DNA Examiner also desired.
  • Must pass U.S. Government security background investigation and be able to obtain & maintain Secret security clearance.
  • Must pass both a physical and dental examination (as required for OCONUS assignment).
  • Must possess a current U.S. Government issued passport.


Full-Time Regular (FTR-A)

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