The following job has been posted to the DFS website:
Title: Forensic Scientist (Latent Prints)
Position Number: CF379
Pay: $46,815 – $78,319
The Virginia Department of Forensic Science, Western Regional Laboratory, is seeking a court qualified applicant to perform a full range of functions to recover and examine latent finger, palm and foot prints for identification purposes. Prepares reports of findings for use by the criminal justice system and testifies in court as an expert witness. Communicates with medical and legal officials on testing procedures, results, and conclusions. Instructs law enforcement officials on the handling of evidence. Overnight travel is required and employee will provide own transportation as required.
In the event a fully qualified Forensic Scientist candidate cannot be employed, a trainee position may be offered to the most suited candidate at a salary of $39,175. Upon successful completion of training, the trainee’s salary will be established within the salary range for a qualified Forensic Scientist. The training will take place at the Western Laboratory and will last approximately 12 months, dependent upon the qualifications of the selected candidate.
Required qualifications: Bachelor’s degree. Successful completion of a documented forensic scientist latent print training program and/or demonstration of competency in the examination of latent finger, foot and palm prints;knowledge and skill in fingerprint pattern recognition, comparing latent prints with known finger, foot, and palm prints, developing identifiable latent prints on physical evidence, and obtaining prints from bodies; skill in preparing exhibits of evidence for court and the ability to precisely explain and defend scientific results both orally and in writing; knowledge of laboratory safety and QA/QC procedures; ability to maintain accurate records, analyze and interpret data, manage multiple tasks efficiently, establish work priorities, and develop sound conclusions from analyses; valid driver’s license and/or other means of reliable transportation.
Preferred qualifications: Certification by International Association for Identification; experience using systems such as AFIS, IAFIS and/or NOVARIS; work experience in an accredited forensic science laboratory; familiarity with ASCLD/LAB accreditation criteria; experience in forensic related teaching/training.
SELECTED CANDIDATE MUST PROVIDE A DNA SAMPLE VIAL A BUCCAL SWAB (SALIVA SAMPLE), BE FINGERPRINTED, AND PASS A BACKGROUND SECURITY CHECK
Applicants must apply electronically using the State of Virginia’s Recruitment Management System (RMS) by 5:00 pm, August 30, 2010. The RMS can be accessed using the link: https://jobs.agencies.virginia.gov. Contact Butch Martin at (804)786-0150 for assistance.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
For more information, please visit http://www.dfs.virginia.gov/jobs/