Forensic Analyst- Biology

    • Job Tracking ID: 512788-606652
    • Job Location: Houston, TX
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Temporary
    • Date Updated: March 21, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Houston Forensic Science Center is now seeking for a full-time Forensic Analyst in our Biology section.  This position is temporary as it is grant-funded.  The anticipated length of grant is up to 2 years.



Under the direction of the Manager of Forensic Biology, the analyst performs routine to moderately complex analysis of biological samples within the Houston Forensic Science Center. Performs serological screening, laboratory processing, and data interpretation. Prepares accurate and precise notes and technical reports.  Performs maintenance, calibration, and quality control on scientific instruments. Provides technical assistance to police officers, member of the District Attorney’s office, and other members of law enforcement agencies and the criminal justice community. Testifies as an expert witness regarding the scientific conclusions obtained from analysis.  Partners with management and other staff to ensure other tasks are completed as assigned.   

Experience and Skills:


The position requires a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, or Forensic Sciences  from an accredited college/university (transcripts required).  Subjects providing a basic understanding of forensic DNA analysis, as well as courses or training in statistics and population genetics as it applies to forensic DNA analysis are required. A skills assessment will be given to evaluate knowledge level. A Master's Degree is strongly preferred.



Minimum of 6 months of experience working in a DNA/Biology forensic environment is required. A Master's degree in Biology or Biochemistry may be considered in lieu of experience. Previous analytical experience in a forensic DNA laboratory specifically analyzing STRs is strongly preferred; experience with GlobalFiler® analysis is also strongly preferred. Certification or the ability to quickly gain certification is also required. 



  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well with all levels of employees and outside contacts
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically, troubleshoot effectively and make timely and sound decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with details
  • Proven expertise in Microsoft Office applications is a plus.   



Houston Forensic Science Center offers a competitive salary and benefit package.