Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist - Latent Prints

Virginia Department of Forensic Science, Norfolk, Virginia

Salary: $51,142 - $85,558 per year

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

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The Virginia Department of Forensic Science 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. The work location will be in our Eastern Laboratory, located in Norfolk. The Latent Print Forensic Scientist will process evidence submitted to the Latent Print Section utilizing various chemical and physical techniques for the development of friction ridge impressions. He/she will utilize various light sources to examine evidence for the detection of latent impressions. The examiner will also use digital capture equipment to record friction ridges developed. The selected candidate will be responsible for utilizing sound judgment on the application of correct sequential processing procedures and also be proficient at mixing various reagents in compliance with standard operating procedures. The Latent Print Forensic Scientist will document, evaluate, analyze and preserve custody of friction ridge evidence, utilizing various comparison techniques. He/she will conduct computerized database searches, as well as update databases as necessary. The successful applicant will utilize methods and equipment to enhance latent print evidence. In addition, he/she will compose and/or complete reports and provide documentation of analysis, provide information to investigators and transport evidence and/or property to storage locations. The Latent Print Forensic Scientist will also testify as an expert witness. Overnight travel is required and employee will provide own transportation as required.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • 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 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 comparisons.
  • Valid driver's license and/or other means of reliable transportation
Preferred Qualifications.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in forensic science, natural science, physical science or closely related field.
  • Certification as a Latent Print Examiner by the International Association for Identification (IAI).
  • Experience using systems such as AFIS and NGI.
  • Experience using the Mideo Systems Latent Works software and conducting on-screen comparisons of latent prints to known exemplars.
  • Experience in latent print photography, including technical experience with filters, light sources, and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Work experience in an ANAB accredited forensic science laboratory.
  • Involvement with ASCLD/LAB accreditation criteria.
  • Experience in forensic related teaching/training
Special Requirements
  • Selected candidate must provide a DNA sample via a buccal swab (saliva sample), be fingerprinted, drug tested and pass a background security check
  • Commonwealth of Virginia state employees must serve a new probationary period.

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Posted: May 9, 2017

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