Forensic Supervisor / Technical Leader (Biology Unit)

Fort Worth Police Department Crime Laboratory, Fort Worth, TX, US


The Forensic Supervisor / Technical Leader (Biology Unit) job responsibilities include:

  • Evidence examination for the presence of biological material and, when necessary, the collection of trace material; performance of serological and DNA testing
  • Ensure Biology Unit compliance with the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories.
  • Supervises staff, which includes prioritizing and assigning work
  • Conducting performance evaluations
  • Ensuring staff is trained and ensuring employees follow policies and procedures
  • Maintaining a healthy and safe working environment; and, making hiring, termination, and disciplinary decisions or recommendations
  • Performs all essential duties and responsibilities of a Forensic Scientist IV
  • Maintains quality within the Unit by conducting internal audits and ensuring compliance with accreditation standards pursuant to applicable Texas statutes
  • Develops, implements and continuously monitors unit policies, procedures and quality assurance measures; reviews unit non-conformances
  • Ensures proficiency and competency testing for all unit staff in compliance with accreditation requirements
  • Ensures maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment
  • Evaluates and implements new policies, techniques, procedures, and instrumentation; supervises, reviews and approves unit validation studies
  • Develops, implements and monitors employee training program; develops annual professional development plan for unit employees
  • Create, coordinate and provide training activities and presentations for internal and external clients
  • Assists the Forensic Science Division Manager in the development and administration of the unit’s annual budget; submits purchase authorization requests
  • Responsible for casework management, including approving and coordinating outsourcing of evidence, prioritizing and assigning casework and other tasks
  • Maintains and prepares unit technical, quality and administrative records
  • Oversees and evaluates employee performance; establishes performance metrics and productivity goals for unit members; approves employee work schedules and leave requests; makes hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations;


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a natural science or forensic science with undergraduate or graduate course work in biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and either statistics or population genetics.
  • The candidate shall have a minimum of 12 semester hours (or the equivalent) that cover the required subject areas. At least 3 of the semester hours (or the equivalent) must be a graduate level course.
  • Must successfully complete or have previously completed the FBI sponsored auditor training within one year of appointment
  • Five (5) years of relevant forensic laboratory experience including two (2) years of supervisory/lead experience


$73,120 - $95,056 annual compensation.

How to apply

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