Latent Prints Forensic Scientists or Trainees – Roanoke or Norfolk, VA

FORENSIC SCIENTISTS or TRAINEES

Latent Prints Section

Position CF378

Salary Range: $46,815 – $78,319

Roanoke or Norfolk, VA

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science is seeking two court qualified applicants to perform a full range of functions to recover and examine latent finger, palm and foot prints for identification purposes. The work location will be in either our Western Laboratory, located in Roanoke or our Eastern Laboratory, located in Norfolk. Duties of the position include: Document examinations, prepare reports of findings for use by the criminal justice system and testify in court as an expert witness. Communicate with medical and legal officials on testing procedures, results, and conclusions. Instruct law enforcement officials on the handling of evidence. Overnight travel is required and employee will provide own transportation as required.

In the event fully qualified Forensic Scientist candidates cannot be employed, trainee positions may be offered to the most suited candidates 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, as indicated above. The training will last approximately 12 months, dependent upon the qualifications of the selected candidates. The location of both Trainee positions will be in Roanoke.

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. Experience with 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. Experience documenting observations, writing reports, preparing exhibits of evidence for court and precisely explaining and defending scientific results. 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. Involvement 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, January 24, 2011. 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

R. D. (Butch) Martin
Human Resource Generalist
Virginia Department of Forensic Science
804-786-0150
butch.martin@dfs.virginia.gov