DNA Technician – Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Laboratory job vacancy in The Henry M. Jackson Foundation – Jobs in Hawaii

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Job Details
Company Name : The Henry M. Jackson Foundation
Company Location : JBPHH, HI 96860
Job Position : DNA Technician – Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Laboratory
Job Category : Jobs in Hawaii

Job Description :

Join the HJF Team!

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing military medicine. We serve military, medical, academic and government clients by administering, managing and supporting preeminent scientific programs that benefit members of the armed forces and civilians alike. Since its founding in 1983, HJF has served as a vital link between the military medical community and its federal and private partners. HJF’s support and administrative capabilities allow military medical researchers and clinicians to maintain their scientific focus and accomplish their research goals.

This position will be in support of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Laboratory. The objective of this Performance Work Statement (PWS) is to provide administrative, management and facilitation and provision for professional services for forensic laboratory, research, and field for DPAA. For more details, please visit DPAA.mil.


HJF is seeking a DNA Technician to performs intermediate to semi-complex laboratory procedures. Provides assistance and supports supervisors with testing and experiments in various areas of a laboratory as needed. Uses some judgement to define and resolve problems and make recommendations.


  • Performs sampling of biological remains and prepares samples for testing (DNA, Histology, and/or Isotopes) including, but not limited to:
  • Coordinating with analysts to identify remains nominated for sampling and reviewing sampling nomination.
  • Providing sampling recommendations to achieve optimal samples for testing and DNA potential, as needed.
  • Maintain provenience of remains while sampling.
  • Decontaminating surfaces and work areas.
  • Photographing remains, documenting, and maintaining Chain of Custody when sampling remains.
  • Generating Chain of Custody documentation for shipments to external providers (such as AFDIL) and Quality Assurance (QA); auditing skeletal and dental Chain of Custody document.
  • Updating CMS databases and tracking data.
  • Resupply consumable goods and supplies on laboratory floor.
  • Respond to accession inquiries from analysts, and conducts database searches.
  • Assist with evidence movement duties (internal and external): packaging evidence, labeling evidence containers, perform evidence transactions in StarLIMS or other programs, and storage-related tasks of skeletal remains as required by the lead evidence coordinator.
  • Assists lead evidence coordinator with photographing evidence, writing Memorandums for the Record (MFR), and couriering evidence between HQ-LAB and PH-LAB, when needed.
  • Perform DNA sequence data entry and legacy sample creation in CMS databases, and QA check other DNA technician’s entries.
  • Knowledge in tracking legacy samples and legacy system databases, DNA sequence data, and verifying DNA sequence data received via monthly reconciliation report.
  • Respond to contamination inquiries from external or internal agencies.
  • Compile and ship Family Reference Samples (FRS) when requested by lab management, other DPAA Directorates, or Service Casualty Office (SCO).
  • Collects DNA reference samples from new employees and visitors; assess and report potential future DNA contamination issues.
  • Completes recurring duties independently, but refers deviations, problems, or unfamiliar situations to the project lead and/or supervisor for assistance.
  • Maintains continuing education per SOP requirements (e.g. conference attendance, in house training, etc.).
  • Maintains competency via successful proficiency exams annually.
  • Completes reports and other assignments in a timely manner and with minimal errors (attention to assigned suspense date; less than 3% error rate).
  • Effectively reviews forensic documents and auditing work products in a timely manner (attention to suspense date.
  • May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor. This may include attendance of and participation in required training for role.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge in skeletal biology, human osteology, anatomy desired.
  • Detail oriented and demonstrated initiative skillset.
  • Works well independently and on a team.
  • DNA sampling skills.
  • MS Office and Adobe expertise.
  • Knowledge of and skill in laboratory technique and handling biological and chemical hazards and their safe use and disposal.
  • Some experience with working in a forensic setting desired.

Physical Capabilities

  • Lifting: Requires lifting materials up to 10 lbs.
  • Ability to stand or sit at a computer for prolonged periods.

Work Environment

  • This position will take place primarily in a laboratory setting.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology, Forensics, Biology, or related field required. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 6-8 years experience required.

All HJF employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination or an approved religious or medical accommodation will be required.

Job Type: Full-time


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: One location

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