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Laboratory Assistant 1


Do you have a passion for the sciences and enjoy working within the lab? 
If so, please consider this fantastic opportunity! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) is currently recruiting for a durational Laboratory Assistant 1 to join our team within the Division of Scientific Services in Meriden, CT.

About Us: 

The CT DESPP is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing a broad range of public safety services, training, regulatory guidance and scientific services utilizing enforcement, prevention, education, and state of the art science and technology. 

The Division of Scientific Services provides forensic support to local, state and federal agencies throughout Connecticut. This division is divided into three analytical sections. They are the Chemical Analysis section (including toxicology, controlled substances, and arson), the Forensic Biology/DNA section, and the Identification section (including computer crimes). 

The laboratory also has two non-analytical sections which include: the Quality section and the Laboratory Support Services section (including administration, evidence receiving, and case management). 

If you'd like to learn more about our division and our sections, please visit our webpage

Position Highlights: 

This is a full-time, 40 hour per week position with a first shift schedule of 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. 

This is a grant-funded position with an end date of September 30, 2023. There is an expectation that the position may be funded beyond the end date through a grant extension. 

The Laboratory Assistant 1 will be responsible for assisting the Director of Scientific Services in meeting the state mandated testing requirements set forth in Public Act 15-207 for CT Sexual Assault kits. 

What we can offer you: 

State of Connecticut employees participate in a comprehensive benefits plan including: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • A generous retirement plan; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • A healthy work - life balance!


Receives training in basic technical laboratory procedures and techniques; prepares simple solutions, stains, culture media and/or reagents according to written instructions; prepares specimens and/or samples for examinations; maintains records of work performed; may perform simple and routine tests and examinations under supervision; performs related duties as required.


One (1) year of experience in a laboratory or medical setting.


Graduation from high school with courses in mathematics and science may be substituted for the General Experience.


The preferred candidate will possess:
  • A Bachelor's Degree or higher in Forensic Science, Applied Genomics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology or a closely related field; 
  • Successful completion of a college level Molecular Biology course; 
  • Experience working in a laboratory conducting biological procedures.