PAE, Inc Lead DNA Trainer in Forest Park, Georgia

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Lead DNA Trainer

Lead DNA Trainer

PAE is currently seeking a Lead Trainer - DNA based in Fort Gillem, GA

May be required to travel OCONUS (as needed)

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Serves as a senior examiner with the responsibility to design, develop and deliver a detailed curriculum, training, and instruction in support of DOD forensic examiners, technical personnel, and military operators.

  • The incumbent will also conduct fundamental science lectures; assign selected readings, mock trials, competency and proficiency testing.

  • Establishes, conducts and refines a myriad of training and instruction. Conducts continual assessment to ensure certification and accreditation compliance for all training within their area of responsibility.

  • Reviews the effectiveness of the BOIs (Blocks of Instruction) in training forensic examiners and technical personnel.

  • Monitors the training and progress of students enrolled in the BOIs to ensure training remains on track or corrective actions are implemented.

  • Based on review of quality in operations and/or the recommendation of the discipline’s technical leader, executes, sustainment and/or remedial training to enhance quality in operations.

  • Maintains appropriate records and historical files on all forensic examiner training required for new or continued certification within their area of responsibility.

  • Develops student performance standards in order to appraise competency levels and skill sets relative to assignments.

  • Assesses performance, assigns ratings to encourage and/or effect improvement and provides corrective measures including lessons learned.

  • Identifies developmental training, repeat training needs of students, and provides needed development or training identified to meet academic and/or technical requirements.

  • Enforces compliance with laboratory policies, procedures, guidelines, and established safety and security protocols.

  • Examine evidence in consultation with firearms and latent print analysts (as needed) to ensure proposed collection approach will not negatively impact collection of other forensic data from the evidence.

  • Generate STR DNA profiles from evidence and reference samples.

  • Analyze and interpret data from analysis which typically consists of complex mixtures and low level samples.

  • Use photographic equipment to capture still images of each evidence item and relevant key portions of the evidence item, or other exhibits, to support further analysis, conclusions, and documentation.

  • Annotate the case file documentation, detailing the processing techniques and the examination results.

  • Perform administrative and/or technical reviews of reports and worksheets.

  • Ensure proper chain of custody is maintained.

  • Perform instrument maintenance.

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree coupled with 8+ years’ experience working in a forensic laboratory performing DNA analysis on criminal evidence. Experience must include the following:

  • Identification of blood and bloodstains, body fluids, and stains of body fluids, hair and other items requiring DNA or related analysis.

  • Performance of visual and microscopic examination of hairs.

  • Generation of STR DNA and Y-STR profiles.

  • Comparison of evidence from victims, scenes, or instruments of incidents to evidence from suspects.

  • The above experience should also demonstrate a complete understanding of the forensics disciplines used within the labs, the laboratory capabilities and products, the implementation of SOP’s, and how the resultant analysis and products are to be used.

  • The above experience should also include formal supervisory responsibilities.

  • Previous experience being deployed in a forensic laboratory and performing examinations.

  • Successful completion of DFSC DNA skills assessment.

  • Current DoD Secret security clearance.

  • Physical ability and commitment to deploy globally as a team member.

Desired Qualifications:

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

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