Research Associate

American Registry of Pathology
Job Location: 
Dover, DE

Full benefits including medical, PTO, etc.

Job Description: 

The American Registry of Pathology (ARP) has an immediate opening for a Forensic Scientist 3, Research Associate within the Department of Defense DNA Registry, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES) Dover, DE. This position is under a federal government contract; therefore, employment is subject to availability of funding. The contract ends March 29, 2014; thus, continued employment is contingent upon either a contract extension beyond March 29, 2014 or a new contract award, and the maximum duration of employment extends until September 30, 2015. The American Registry of Pathology is an Equal Employment Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Research Associate will assist in a newly-funded project within the Emerging Technologies Section aimed at utilizing next generation sequencing (NGS) techniques to improve efficiency for the personnel accounting mission, and will assist in the development, planning, organization and execution of original research projects and programs to develop innovative advances in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and nuclear DNA (nDNA)-based typing.

Primary duties to include:
• Generation, analysis, interpretation, and organization of large amounts of data with special attention to forensic quality standards.
• Evaluation of bioinformatic tools and workflows in combination with data generated from a variety of enrichment, library preparation, and NGS sequencing methods.
• Recommend, direct, and implement laboratory process changes meant to impact and improve data quality and/or analysis.
• Preparation and delivery of posters and oral presentations on research projects at seminars, workshops, professional meetings, symposia, etc.
• Preparation, review, and revision of technical reports and manuscripts for publication.


• A Master's degree in forensic science, or one of the biological or biomedical sciences with knowledge in molecular biology, biochemistry, molecular genetics, population biology, statistics, or forensic science PLUS two years of experience.
• OR a Doctorate degree in chemistry, biochemistry or molecular biology, or in related scientific field with specific knowledge and skills in the latter areas or in cell biology, genetics, population biology statistics, general medical technology and forensic science.
• Individuals with next generation sequencing experience are encouraged to apply.
• Individual must be able to successfully complete a National Agency Check With Inquiries (NAC-I) background investigation. The position does not require a security clearance but the individual may be required to obtain a government security clearance at a future date if handling classified information or materials.

Contact Information: 

Submit cover letter and resume to: Susan Shelley, email:, CC

Include salary requirements, citizenship, ability to obtain a secret clearance in the future.

Applications accepted through November 22, 2013.