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Technical Assessors – DNA

Are you an experienced DNA Forensic Scientist with a passion for quality?

Are you looking for a challenge or to expand your experience?

An exciting opportunity to give something back to improving quality in the Criminal Justice System?

UKAS is currently looking for DNA Forensic Scientists to work with us as Independent Technical Assessors.

The Role:

DNA Technical Assessors attend organisations that are seeking or maintaining accreditation, as a critical part of the Assessment Team to confirm conformity and compliance to the accreditation standard ISO/IEC 17025 including ILAC G19 and the FSR Codes of Practice.

Many of our current DNA Technical Assessors continue to work within FSP’s, academic institutions or as consultants.  The role requires maintaining an up to date knowledge in their field.  The  Technical Assessors role can be contracted either through their employer or in their own time.

The Rewards:

Technical Assessors receive recognised training in the relevant standards and assessment techniques and attend regular professional development days.

They become part of a small national network of Technical Assessors.

Once authorised as competent they are paid an agreed rate for work undertaken and reimbursed for required travel and subsistence (in accordance with HMRC guidelines).

The Requirements:

The successful applicants will have a number of years practical experience, preferably at a senior level, in one or more of the following:

  • DNA analysis
  • DNA interpretation
  • Relationship testing
  • New technologies such as Rapid DNA or MPS

In addition, they should demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the requirements of the Criminal Justice System;
  • a working knowledge of ISO/IEC 17025;
  • excellent interpersonal skills, being able to communicate effectively with laboratory staff, management and their customers at all levels.
  • a firm understanding of the principles of validation and quality control procedures.

The Expectations:

Technical Assessors must be available for assessments for a minimum of 10-15 days throughout the year.

They will be expected to maintain professional competence in their field.

Our customers are spread throughout the UK and so our assessors need to undertake some travel.

They must be prepared to undergo security vetting.

If you are interested and would like to discuss the details of the above opportunities please contact Surryia Jagatiya [email protected].

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