BMFS Assistantship Job Descriptions

BMFS Assistantships are part-time paid positions aimed at giving students the opportunity to become involved in the teaching, preparation, research and maintance of a variety of laboratories housed within the program. Assistantships awarded to incoming students generally begin in Spring and may be offered for up to three semesters.

Forensic Biology Teaching Assistant

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 and unknown samples
-Keeping track of orders for chemicals and equipment that need to be placed
-Maintaining lab organization and cleanliness
Available to current students who have successfully completed GMS FS 704

Criminalistics Research Assistant

Typical duties will include:
-Preparing mock crime scenes and hands-on exercises for GMS FS 701 and 706
-Assisting students during lab exercises as needed
-Maintaining lab organization and cleanliness
-Researching new methods/techniques that can be incorporated into future exercises
-Accessioning and preserving donated biological samples
-Calibrating laboratory equipment and ordering supplies
-Chemical and biohazards waste management
Available to incoming students who have demonstrated academic excellence, preferably those with prior forensic science coursework/internship exposure

Instrumental Analysis Laboratory Assistant

Typical duties will include:
-Cleaning glassware and maintaining the cleanliness of the laboratory 
-Preparing solutions and ordering supplies
-Assisting with preparation of lab exercises prior to class
-Assisting students with data processing 
Available to incoming students who will take GMS FS 708 in their first semester

Multimedia Assistant

Typical duties will include:
-Video recording of mock testimony exercises
-Video recording of thesis presentations
-Photography of program events
-Assisting with designing and editing online or printed material
Available to incoming students

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

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
Available to current students who have successfully completed GMS FS 713

Forensic Chemistry Research Assistant

Typical duties will include:
-Maintaining inventory and ordering the laboratory supplies
-Calibrating instruments, performing instrument maintenance and coordinating instrument service
-Assisting first year students with their research projects by helping with training and method development
Available to current students who have successfully completed GMS FS 

DNA Laboratory Assistant

Typical duties will include:
-Aiding in general laboratory maintenance
-Solution preparation
-QC of 7500 RT-PCR instrumentation, 9700 thermal-cycler, inventory maintenance, etc.
Available to incoming students with 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.