Employment Opportunity

Principal Latent Print Examiner

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Charlottesville, Virginia

Salary: Not stated

Final Filing Date: Continuous

To provide latent print examiners to perform independent routine technical examinations of evidence through the processing of materials for latent prints: recovery of latent prints, visualizing/recording of latent prints, and examining and comparing latent prints to known fingerprints (or other latent prints) in a forensic laboratory in CONUS and/or OCONUS locations.

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  • Understanding of basic fingerprint collection and examination concepts
  • Follow methods to support expansion of laboratory capabilities
  • Follow and properly use Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Photograph all items to document the original condition upon receipt
  • Perform analysis techniques to determine the existence of latent prints, and identify, mark, photograph, determine suitability, submit, and perform comparisons
  • Process evidence to determine the presence of latent fingerprints using any documented wet and dry laboratory process at their location. Processing methods include, but are not limited to, Cyanoacrylate fuming, sticky side paste, and dyes
  • Examine evidence for latent prints using all means available, including, specialized lighting sources, conditions, and magnification. All latent prints discovered shall be marked in a non-destructive manner.
  • Examine the photographic image and determine whether the print has sufficient quality to make a comparison
  • Examine and compare latent prints to known prints
  • Annotate the case file documentation, detailing the processing techniques and the examination results
  • Perform administrative and/or technical reviews of reports and worksheets
  • Understanding and knowledge of AFIS, ABIS, and/or other National databases
  • Provide technical support involving research and development and method development efforts (including laboratory work as needed)
  • Support or develop experimental designs and test plans and participate and/or lead the execution of these
  • Collect potential fingerprint samples from materials using approved procedures designed to minimize the possibility of sample contamination
  • All samples shall be properly packaged, marked and stored in preparation for extraction
  • Ensure a proper chain-of-custody for all materials and samples is maintained
  • Train junior personnel on equipment, instruments, methods, and procedures
  • Supervise junior staff and assign daily tasks and responsibilities
  • Maintain a clean laboratory and personal workspace environment, in accordance with laboratory procedures


  • A Ph.D. coupled with 5 years directly relatable experience
  • 10 years of experience working in the Intelligence Community (IC) environment
  • Professional Certification by the International Association of Identification (IAI)
  • Must possess, at a minimum, intermediate computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project and Outlook
  • Must be able to successfully pass all medical requirements for deployment, as needed
  • Must be able to successfully pass a skills assessment
  • Currently have an active DoD Secret security clearance
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Eligible for both US Tourist Passport and US Official Passport
  • Previous experience working in a forensic laboratory
  • Deployed experience in an Analytical/Operational environment
  • An active DoD security clearance – Top Secret w/ SCI eligibility or TS/SCI

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Posted: November 8, 2016

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