PAE, Inc Senior Forensic DNA Analyst in Dover, Delaware

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Senior Forensic DNA Analyst

This is a contingent opportunity.

PAE (Formerly A-T Solutions) is currently seeking a Senior Forensic DNA Analyst based in Dover, DE. Primary Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervise DNA analysts that perform DNA analysis

  • Provide day-to-day guidance and oversight for specimen accessioning/storage, DNA analysis, and data review

  • Assure that quality standards are followed and that all analyses are performed in accordance with laboratory SOPs and accreditation standards

  • Certify laboratory results

  • Oversee method development, method validation and troubleshoot analytical challenges

  • Perform or delegate instrument maintenance

  • Assist with the development and implementation of a Laboratory Inventory Management System (LIMS)

  • Prepare monthly reports for leadership

  • Serve as a subject matter expert and an expert witness for military litigation proceedings

  • Produce detailed notes and reports

  • Perform technical and administrative reviews of other analysts’ casework

  • Interact and collaborate with other group/team members and other forensic staff to ensure a high quality and accurate product

  • Process and extract forensic and reference DNA samples

  • Perform quantitation, PCR amplification, and analysis on DNA samples, including Sanger sequencing for mitochondrial DNA samples

  • Analyze and interpret data from analysis which typically consists of complex mixtures and low level samples using software platforms such as Genemapper® ID-X and/or Sequence Analysis and Sequencher Plus

  • Produce detailed notes and reports

  • Maintain proficiency in DNA procedures

  • Perform technical and administrative reviews of other analysts’ casework

  • Perform Next Generation Sequencing on DNA samples

  • Mentor and train new DNA analysts and technicians

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university in the Physical Sciences (e.g., Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry) coupled with 5+ years experience working in an accredited forensic DNA laboratory performing nuclear and/or mitochondrial DNA analyses; OR a Master of Science degree from an accredited college or university in the physical or life sciences (e.g., Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry) or forensic science coupled with 3+ years experience working in an accredited forensic DNA laboratory performing nuclear and/or mitochondrial DNA analyses

  • Must have coursework in Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology and Statistics (statistics must include population statistics)

  • Proficient in two or all of the following: autosomal STR, Y-STR, mitochondrial DNA

  • Proficient in the use of multiple amplification kits such as Identifiler®, Yfiler®, MiniFiler™, PowerPlex®, and GlobalFiler®, and BigDye®

  • Proficient on multiple Applied Biosystems® Genetic Analyzers such as 3130, 3130xL, 3730

  • Knowledge and expertise on Next Generation Sequencing platforms such as the MiSeq FGx Forensic Genomics System

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suites, excel spreadsheets

  • Skilled communicator who can clearly articulate/communicate via email, telephone calls and video teleconferencing

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in Forensic Science with experience in forensic practices (e.g., Chain of Custody, strict adherence to laboratory SOPs, documentation and record keeping)

  • Forensic DNA expert witness testimony

  • Professional certification such as American Board of Criminalistics (ABC)

  • One year of experience working as the lead of a team of DNA examiners is desired

  • First authorship of scientific research in peer reviewed journal and/or presentation of scientific data

  • Knowledge and experience with method and instrument validations

  • Experience with manual and robotic methods

  • Experience in kinship analysis

  • Active in the field of Forensic DNA analysis (e.g., AAFS member)

  • Familiar with database structure and/or a willingness to learn the necessary skills to configure and modify the Laboratory Inventory Management System (LIMS)

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s 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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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), should you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a currently open position with PAE, please call Recruiting at (703) 656-6064 or email with "Disability Assistance" in the subject line.