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Biologist/Forensic Examiner

Government and Military

Biologist, Fishery


Huntsville, Alabama, United States

Job Description

Amentum is currently seeking Biologist / Forensic Examiner in Quantico, VA and Huntsville, AL.

A successful candidate will provide a wide range of forensic examination services in forensic disciplines, including DNA data-basing that support the BAS. Shall also assist in instrument calibration and validation in compliance with Unit specific and LD QA standards and policies.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Receive and account for boxes of evidence and related materials from contributors.
  • Visually inspect and process evidence and related materials for mitochondrial and / or nuclear DNA as appropriate; isolate and collect materials for analysis from appropriate areas of various evidentiary materials; prepare samples for instrumental analysis; and associate samples with other existing submissions (as appropriate).
  • Make an initial determination of the types of samples suitable for analysis and select appropriate protocols for conducting the examination of materials.
  • Conduct DNA examinations on items of evidence.
  • Calibrate instruments used for forensic examinations and analysis.
  • Use STACS and or FA for evidence inventory, tracking, and flow.
  • Maintain proper chain-of-custody of all forensic material under examination.
  • Follow all QA / QC procedures, protocols and adhere to LD policies and procedures related to its accreditation and safety standards.
  • Conduct DNA analysis and comparisons of profiles or sequences as appropriate.
  • Author forensic reports to include all laboratory notes and supporting documentation.
  • Provide all generated profiles or sequences in a format necessary for inclusion, storage, and searching of the appropriate DNA databases.
  • Conduct technical and administrative reviews of all work.
  • Support activities, functions, or duties, as they arise.
  • Research, develop, and author whitepapers and information papers, as required.
  • Communication with contributors as necessary.

Required Qualifications

  • B.A. in Biology, Chemistry, or related field of biological science from an accredited university / college. Successfully completed coursework in the following subject areas: nine (9) semester hours in the fields of biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology as well as coursework and / or training in statistics and/or population genetics as it applies to forensic DNA analysis.
  • One year of experience as a DNA Examiner in an accredited forensic laboratory.
  • Basic computer skills, to include use of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook)
  • Demonstrated ability to study and pass training, examination, and testing assessments
  • Excellent customer service, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • The above experience should demonstrate the capability to deliver products under conditions of high operational tempo, frequently adjusting priorities and flux in requirements, on time. It should also demonstrate the ability to interface effectively with senior members of external organizations to develop and support technical positions, to justify technical recommendations, and communicate effectively in both oral and written formats.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoJ Secret security clearance.

Amentum is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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