BMFS Assistantship Job Descriptions

BMFS Assistantships are part-time paid positions aimed at giving students the opportunity to become involved in the teaching, preparation and maintance of a variety of laboratories housed within the program. The following are a list of titles, job descriptions and the semesters each position is generally made available.

Forensic Biology Lab, Fall and Spring

Typical duties will include:
-Performing a run-through of each lab experiment in advance
-Setting up lab stations each week on morning of lab class
-Preparing chemicals
-Preparing unknown samples
-Keeping track of orders for chemicals and equipment that need to be placed
-Maintaining lab organization and cleanliness
-Logging in and preserving donated biological samples
-Investigating new potential lab experiments

Crime Scene Investigation, Fall and Spring

Typical duties will include:
-Preparing evidence samples and mock crime scenes
-Setting up/taking down hands-on exercises
-Assisting students during lab exercises
-Maintaining lab organization and cleanliness
-Researching new methods/techniques that can be incorporated into future exercises

Pattern Evidence Analysis, Spring

Typical duties will include:
-Setting up/taking down hands-on exercises
-Assisting students during lab exercises
-Maintaining lab organization and cleanliness

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Summer

Typical duties will include:
-Organizing chemicals/supplies/equipment pertaining to the course
-Preparing chemicals and/or specific bloodstain patterns when needed
- Setting up each experiment prior to class
-Uploading digital photos from the lab experiments each day
-Maintaining lab organization and cleanliness

Forensic Chemistry, Fall and Spring

Typical duties will include:
-Organizing chemicals/supplies/equipment pertaining to the course
-Preparing chemicals and setting up each experiment prior to class
-Maintaining lab organization and cleanliness

DNA Laboratory Assistantship, Annual

The incumbent will be responsible for aiding in laboratory maintenance. Duties include-but are not limited to- solution preparation, QC of 7500 RT-PCR instrumentation, 9700 thermal-cycler, inventory maintenance, etc. Requirements include a bachelor’s degree in forensic or natural science; experience and/or training in an operational (chemistry, biology, forensic) science laboratory or forensic science provider, including internships; and experience and/or training in scientific and technical writing; or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.