Crime Lab Forensic Scientist 3 - DNA Technical Leader

Metropolitan Government Of Nashville & Davidson County Nashville , TN 37201

Posted 1 week ago

Position Description

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) Crime Lab Forensic Scientist 3 - DNA Technical Leader 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.

  • Must be willing and able to work overtime, holidays, and weekends as needed.

  • All positions in the MNPD require an extensive background check.

Typical Duties

  • Reviews, revises, approves, and proposes new DNA-related technical policies and procedures.

  • Facilitates training of laboratory personnel in DNA analysis and procedures.

  • Approves and directs the review of the Forensic Biology Quality System.

  • Strays abreast of currently used technologies and procedures through extensive reading of forensic literature and training.

  • Oversees, reviews, and approves new DNA method validations and new equipment.

  • Troubleshoots and resolves DNA technical equipment and supplies.

  • Ensures proficiency testing, quality control, and safety measures are being followed as outlined in the Quality Manual, Procedures, and the Safety Manual.

  • Serves as a technical reference regarding DNA analyses.

  • Acts as a mediator in the technical review of DNA analyses.

  • Recommends new DNA technical equipment and supplies.

  • Maintains and demonstrates efficiency in the field of forensic biology.

  • Performs chemical, microscopic, and immunological tests on physical evidence.

  • Maintains technical forensic laboratory files and records of findings.

  • Prepares analytical reports and effectively communicates results of analyses.

  • Conducts technical and/or administrative reviews on scientific reports.

  • Determines CODIS eligibility.

  • Provides expert testimony in court based on laboratory findings.

  • Interprets and evaluates serological results and DNA data.

  • Executes applicable operations of the laboratory information management system (LIMS).

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution in a field of science such as biology, chemistry, forensic science, or related area and five (5) years of forensic laboratory experience, with three (3) years experience as a qualified DNA analyst.

  • No Substitution


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Candidates with accreditations earned in a foreign institute are encouraged to apply.

Note: Per Metro Ordinance No. SO94-1078. All employees of the Metropolitan Government shall be residents of the State of Tennessee or become residents of the state within six (6) months of employment as a prerequisite to employment with the Metropolitan Government.

Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Master's Degree from an accredited institution in a field of science such as biology, chemistry, or forensic science.

  • Knowledge of and experience in using related laboratory instrumentation, computer software, calibration, validation, quality control, safety, accreditation, proficiency testing, and training.

  • Knowledge of international forensic laboratory accreditation standards.

  • Experience with probabilistic genotyping software.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.

Metro Nashville Government respects the religious beliefs and practices of all employees and will make, on request, an accommodation for such observances when a reasonable accommodation is available that does not create an undue hardship on business operations.

Requests for ADA accommodation for the recruitment process should be directed to Human Resources at 615-862-6640.

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Crime Lab Forensic Scientist 3 - DNA Technical Leader

Metropolitan Government Of Nashville & Davidson County