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DPS - LES - Forensic Scientist V DNA

Company name
Texas Department of Safety

Austin, TX

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Primary Location

: Texas-Austin

Work Locations



Austin 78702


: Life, Physical, and Social Science

Employee Status

: Regular


: Full-time

State Job Code:


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Salary (Pay Basis)

: 5,233.11 - 6,910.39 (Monthly)

Number of Openings

: 1

Overtime Status

: Non-exempt

Job Posting

: Jan 8, 2018, 12:00:00 AM

Closing Date

: Jan 15, 2018, 11:59:00 PM



All applications must contain complete job histories, which includes job title, dates of employment, name of employer, supervisor's name and phone number and a description of duties performed. If this information is not submitted, your application may be rejected because it is incomplete. Resumes do not take the place of this required information.

***This position is for current Department of Public Safety employees***

****Official Transcripts are required. Applications without transcripts will not be considered****


Performs highly complex (senior-level) forensic science work; involves DNA analyses to aid in crime scenes; specialized DNA analyses of biological materials; testifying in court; interpreting analytical results; preparing technical reports. May serve as the DNA Technical Leader as described in crime laboratory policies. May supervise the work of others. Works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


1. Performs specialized Forensic DNA analyses to aid in the investigation of crimes.

2. Conducts specialized DNA analyses of biological materials, and stains for identity, origin, and genetic markers such as deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).

3. Testifies in court; interprets analytical results; maintains records and prepares technical reports; maintains knowledge of latest scientific developments in forensic DNA analysis.

4. Develop new and improved techniques and procedures; teaches new and improved techniques and procedures to other crime laboratory personnel; teaches proper use of the laboratory to law enforcement personnel.

5. May serve as the DNA Technical Leader as described in crime laboratory policies.

6. Conduct analyses and examinations of physical evidence for tissues, blood-stains and body fluids for identity, origin, and genetic markers such as DNA; keeps case records, prepares technical reports; testifies in court on laboratory findings.

7. Provide training to and coordinates the professional development of employees within the DNA section.

8. May serve as the DNA Technical Leader, and be responsible for the technical functions of the DNA section.

9. Performs proficiency tests and may review proficiency test work performed by the section staff or monitor testimony of section staff when needed.

10. May conduct crime scene investigations to gather physical evidence or coordinate the sending of other Forensic Scientists to a crime scene as needed.

11. Research forensic science field and studies current material in scientific journals regarding new advances and techniques in order to, improve, adapt, and implement new procedures and techniques.

12. May conduct lecturing and teaching assignments to law enforcement groups, schools, etc and represents the Department at conferences and meetings.

13. May assist Section Supervisor/Lab Manager in evaluating the performance of other Forensic Scientists.

14. Communicate with officers and prosecuting attorneys to determine that needs for forensic services are being met.

15. Performs other duties as assigned.



Education – Graduation from a college or university with an accredited Bachelor’s degree with a major in Biology, Chemistry, or Forensic Science with a minimum of (12) semester hours of courses in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, and statistics. A post graduate degree is also required for persons serving as the DNA Technical Leader, unless they have a waiver provided by the director of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD).

Experience – Minimum of five (5) years of professional experience working with DNA methods in a Forensic Laboratory. A Master’s Degree may substitute for two (2) years or a Ph.D. Degree may substitute for three (3) years of the required work experience.

Licensure and/or Certification - Must possess a valid driver license from state of residence.

Regulatory knowledge – Working knowledge of, or the ability to rapidly assimilate information related to TXDPS, State and Federal regulations, legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures.

Analytical/Research and Forensic application skills– Must demonstrate an ability to plan, organize, develop and adapt scientific techniques and procedures for the analysis for evidentiary materials. Extensive knowledge of the basic scientific principles used in the specific forensic discipline. Thorough knowledge of quality control procedures in forensic analysis.

Organizational and Prioritization Skills – Must be organized, flexible, and able to effectively prioritize in a multi-demand and constantly changing environment; able to meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines without sacrificing accuracy, timeliness or professionalism.

Supervisory/Managerial/Leadership skills – Knowledge of management and supervisory methods and principles, and performance and productivity standards; assist section Supervisor/Lab Manager in oversight of other Forensic Scientists and/or staff. Ability to make recommendations to management for improvements/changes in methodology and equipment, and to implement same.

Interpersonal Skills – Must demonstrate an ability to exercise poise, tact, diplomacy and an ability to establish and maintain positive, working/professional relationships with internal/external customers.

Presentation/Communication Skills – Must be able to construct and deliver clear, concise, and professional presentations to a variety of audiences and/or individuals. Ability to present scientific data in an

understandable manner to lay juries, to prepare detailed technical reports, to conduct exhaustive complex analyses. Ability to instruct and impart scientific knowledge to other laboratory personnel.

Technology (computers/hardware/software/operating systems) – Must possess appropriate levels of proficiency with utilized software and systems and be able to learn new software/systems. Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

Confidentiality and Protected Information – Must demonstrate an ability to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information and situations, and adhere to applicable laws/statutes/policies related to access, maintenance and dissemination of information.

Travel and/or Schedule - Availability for unanticipated travel is required.


The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those encountered and/or necessary for the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Environment: Laboratory environment, office, and vehicle;

Ambulatory skills, e.g. Stand, walk, sit, climb, stoop, kneel, crouch;

Hand-eye coordination and arm/hand/finger dexterity;

Ability to speak, hear, and exercise visual acuity sufficient to perform micro and macroscopic examination where required by the specific discipline;

Ability to transfer weights of 40 pounds anticipated for this position;

Driving/travel requirements: 10%.

DPS employee who is selected for a position in their current salary group and state title will be transferred with no salary change.

DPS employee who is selected for a position in their current salary group with a new state title may receive an increase up to 3.4%.

Salary is contingent upon qualifications and is subject to salary administration and budgetary restrictions.




State of Texas retirees may be rehired for full-time, non-commissioned positions only under very specific circumstances.

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