Signature Science, LLC
  • - VA-Charlottesville
  • Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • Seasonal

Human Signatures - Intern


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 research or 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): 

  • Enrolled in a Forensic accredited continuing education program
    • Completion of coursework covering the subject areas of Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Population Genetics/Statistics.
    • 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 policy manuals and SOPs; and,
      • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, specifically Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access.



  • Current enrollment in a Forensic accredited continuing education program (Bachelor, Master, or Doctoral)
  • Candidates with demonstrated experience as an individual contributor within a molecular biology, genetics, and/or biotechnology laboratory setting will be given preference.

Certificates and Licenses: None.

Citizenship: United States.

Clearance: Ability to obtain a DOD Clearance.

Supervisory Responsibilities: N/A.

Working Conditions/ Equipment: 

  • 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 contact with known and potentially 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: Resume and most current college and/or university transcript(s).


This position has been closed and is no longer available.
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