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Forensic DNA Scientist (reporting officer) (m/f)

TYPE DE CONTRAT : CDI - temps plein

The « Laboratoire national de santé » is recruiting a Forensic DNA Scientist (reporting officer) position (m/f) for the genetic identification laboratory (service d’identification génétique – SIG). The position will be available immediately in the LNS as a full-time position.

About the LNS

The “Laboratoire national de santé” (LNS) is a public institution operating under the supervision of the Ministry of Health in Luxembourg. It is organized as a multidisciplinary institute which, along with an administrative department, includes six scientific departments related to the fields of morphological and molecular pathology, genetics, medical biology, microbiology, forensic medicine and health protection (www.lns.lu).

The LNS has new premises whose modern infrastructure is in line with the demands related to recent developments in medical and analytical science. The purpose of the LNS is to develop analytical and scientific expertise related to the prevention, diagnosis and monitoring of human diseases, to ensure the role of a national control or reference laboratory and to carry out medico-legal tasks.

The LNS contributes to the development, harmonization and promotion of laboratory methods in collaborative projects with other laboratories and develops research and teaching activities in association with ad hoc partners in Luxembourg and abroad. 

Main activities

  • Performing biological screening and complex DNA analysis on evidence from criminal investigations
  • Performing statistical evaluation and interpreting results of Forensic DNA STR analyses
  • Reporting DNA casework and NDNAD matches under the supervision of the Team Leader
  • Ensuring that high quality standards, chain of custody and consistency are maintained at all times
  • Presenting expert evidence in court
  • Peer-checking statements and reports prepared by other trained Forensic Casework DNA Scientists
  • Involvement in project work / case reviews as appropriate
  • Competently updating tracking systems designed to monitor casework request, statements, enquiries and invoicing
  • Maintaining an up to date and complete technical knowledge of DNA analysis processes, latest legislative issues regarding DNA analysis and the NDNAD
  • Working with Managers and Team Leader through proactive continuous process improvement to maintain quality standards
  • Performing basic administrative tasks related to dealing with enquiries and reporting
  • Liaising with forensic authorities and law enforcement entities
  • Working closely with other forensic scientists
  • Dissemination of information on research and new developments within the field

This list of tasks is not to be considered exhaustive. Missions may vary according to the specific needs of the service.

The position requires experience in forensic DNA laboratory techniques

  • Performing forensic DNA analysis as a qualified and proficiency tested DNA analyst
  • Interpretation of DNA profiles (especially complex mixtures)
  • DNA extraction methods and quantification
  • Testing biological evidence, including challenging casework samples
  • PCR
  • Capillary electrophoresis
  • Reporting and court testimony

Desired profile

  • Minimum requirement of a Master or a PhD degree in molecular biology, genetics or forensic sciences, and/or have an agreement of the ministry of Justice of an European Union member state for forensic genetic identification
  • Three years of working experience in a forensic DNA laboratory
  • Fluency in French or German (written and oral), any other language being an asset

Requirements

  • Excellent organization skills
  • High level of concentration and attention to detail required
  • Must be self-motivated, energetic, and able to work independently and in a team environment
  • Exceptional attitude and capabilities regarding professionalism, flexibility, and working under pressure

 

If you meet the above profile requirements and wish to apply, please send your application (CV, letter of intent and copies of your degrees) to EXPJUD1@odoo.lns.etat.lu with the reference 2018-EXPJUD-01. The applications will be treated in order of arrival and with the highest degree of confidentiality.