Signature Science, LLC
  • - VA-Charlottesville
  • Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • Part Time

Position Purpose:   

This is a part-time internship (not to exceed 29 hours a week) position for the Summer months (~May –  August. The individual will functionally report to the DNA Research Lead and will assist with performing molecular diagnostics analysis of samples as well as research and validation of new forensic technologies. Outside of research focused lab work, other routine and non-routine duties will be performed as needed by the forensic R&D DNA practice.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Assist DNA Research Lead in performing laboratory tests using various automated platforms and/or manual methods (e.g., microarray and MPS) on DNA isolated from blood, saliva and other body fluids.

  • Participates in validation studies of new DNA methodology as well as established methods and procedures.
  • Adheres to proper handling and safeguarding of DNA samples and data.
  • Follows established standard operating procedures, complies with laboratory policies, and reports nonconformance to supervisor.
  • Perform analysis and interpretation of genotyping and sequencing results from diverse matrices.
  • Performs established quality assurance procedures such as quality control testing, instrument function checks, preventative maintenance, and calibrations, maintains appropriate documentation, and reports irregularities.
  • Conduct weekly decontamination of the forensic DNA laboratories to help minimize DNA contamination.
  • Wash racks and other lab ware daily per protocol.
  • Perform work wearing appropriate PPE for the activity being performed and maintain awareness of contamination control.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSA's): To perform this internship successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Enrolled in a Forensic accredited continuing education program
    • Completion of coursework covering the subject areas of Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Population Genetics/Statistics, preferred
    • Basic understanding of the foundation of forensic DNA analysis
    • Able to communicate effectively
      • Able to read, write, and communicate fluently in English
      • Able to read and comprehend short correspondence and memos and write short correspondence for both internal and external consumption
      • Possess sound reasoning skills and regularly show ability to follow detailed standard instructions, with great attention to detail and guidance from company policy manuals and SOPs.
      • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, specifically Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access.


Education/Experience: Current enrollment in a Forensic accredited continuing education program (Bachelor or Master)

Certificates and Licenses: None.

Citizenship: United States.

Clearance: Ability to obtain a DOD Clearance.

Supervisory Responsibilities: N/A.

Working Conditions/ Equipment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an intern encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The incumbent will work in a general office environment with general office equipment available as well as a forensic DNA laboratory.
  • The incumbent will have potential contact with hazardous materials, including biological fluids and dry ice.
  • The incumbent will be required to work a set schedule negotiated with the supervisor.
  • The incumbent must be able to lift up to 20 pounds without assistance and 40 pounds with assistance to complete shipping activities.

The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position.  Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.


Application submission: Most current college and/or university transcript(s).

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