Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist (Fingerprint Analyst)

Department of Forensic Sciences, Washington DC

Salary: $76,082.00 - $97,340.00 per year

Final Filing Date: December 21, 2017

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  • This position is located in the Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS). The mission of the DFS is to provide high-quality, timely, accurate, and reliable forensic science services using best practices and best available technology, focusing on unbiased science and transparency, to enhance public safety and health.
  • The position is responsible for forensic fingerprint analysis, which includes aspects of casework, accreditation, quality assurance and control programs within the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL).
  • Serves as a Fingerprint Analyst in the Latent Fingerprint Unit (LFU) of the Forensic Science Laboratory, and is responsible for conducting complex examinations of latent print evidence submitted to the lab.
  • Performs evaluations of latent fingerprints to determine suitability for entry into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)
  • Compares suitable latent fingerprints to known fingerprints and palm prints, submitted through requests or retrieved from AFIS candidate list, to determine identification or exclusion of individuals.
  • Prepares reports and documents all issues relating to a case to accurately convey results and conclusions to the customer.
  • Presents testimony in complicated court cases and effectively communicate case conclusions.
  • Tracks monthly case processing statistics using standard metrics in order to monitor productivity of the overall unit. Using feedback and data from such metrics, establishes prioritization and productivity goals.
  • Works within the Latent Fingerprint Unit to coordinate case processing with other forensic units within the DFS, to share case detail information and coordinate all forensic results from a single case to ensure uniformity and communication of probative results.
  • Occasionally, develops prints from porous, non-porous, and semi-porous surfaces, which require special skill in selecting and applying the appropriate chemical and physical developers
  • Photographs latent fingerprint evidence that has been developed on a variety of surfaces to develop a quality digital image to be used for comparison purposes and/or AFIS entry.
  • Assists in the development of presentations, instructs and lectures to various classes, i.e., forensic scientists, investigators and law enforcement officers, in the techniques and methods of fingerprint analysis.
  • Uses advanced methods of latent fingerprint development and special photographic and digital techniques, i.e. lighting, filters and Adobe Photoshop to enhance friction ridge evidence.
  • Utilizes verbal and written instructions to perform various techniques that aids and assists the functions of the Forensic Science Laboratory; and to document and maintain detailed logs and records of materials, reagents, equipment, and instruments.
  • Works with supervisor and assists working groups in developing and modifying SOPs to better serve the unit and ensures laboratory and accreditation standards are met.
  • Participates in a structured training program that pertains to the quality control/quality assurance programs, proficiency testing and safety programs; and attends relevant seminars, lectures and other training and development activities.
  • Utilizes computer software to analyze results of quality and performance checks in order to perform quality control measures and keeps up-to-date on current studies, pamphlets, journals, and books for use in assisting in devising new methods and tests.
  • Projects a professional image while representing the FSL and DFS; and exemplifies Department values, both on and off duty.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Advanced knowledge of the following forensic fingerprint analysis terminology is highly desirable for this position: Knowledge of the Henry System of fingerprint classification as extended and modified; ACE-V Methodology; Extensive knowledge in SWGFAST and NIST standards relating to fingerprint analysis; High-level of experience encoding and searching prints in AFIS; and Skill with the enhancement of latent fingerprints using Adobe Photoshop.
  • Advanced knowledge of and skill and ability gained through extensive work experience or training in applying theories, principles, concepts, methodology and practices of analytical chemistry, physical science, or biology or related field to the work that is sufficient to perform mathematical and statistical analyses that relate to analytical laboratory work.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply D.C. and Federal laws, codes and regulations pertaining to forensic science; and the ability to follow training on how to apply ISO 17025 accreditation standards.
  • Advanced knowledge of or experience in quality control procedures and accreditation standards; proper procedures and standard laboratory rules and safety precautions regarding chemicals, toxins and biohazards; and evidence collection and preservation procedures.
  • Knowledge of and hands-on experience or classroom training related to equipment and supplies used in a forensic laboratory including specialized scientific equipment, instrumentation and software; current developments, literature and other sources of information related to the assignment; and the ability to solve problems or respond to technical issues in regards to quality control measures.
  • Experience with or the ability to apply theoretical and analytical principles of natural and physical sciences, including organic, inorganic, biochemistry, physical chemistry, and other applicable fields; apply quality methods and techniques used in the forensic laboratory, including laboratory testing procedures.
  • Experience or ability to work extensively with chemicals and biohazards in a safe manner; and the ability to perform a variety of quality and performance checks and analyses; and ability to recognize anomalies, prepare hypotheses, and take appropriate action; prepare and maintain accurate records/data and prepare clear and concise summaries and memoranda.
  • Demonstrated skill and ability to use a PC and software packages (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Power Point, etc.) and software applicable to various reporting systems, particularly laboratory information management systems (LIMS), inventory control, and sequence analysis software.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills sufficient to prepare and present pertinent information and maintain effective relationships.
  • Exercises discretion and sound judgment to determine proper courses of action and assesses and evaluates a variety of situations, problems, conditions or questions.
  • Ability to work safely without presenting a threat to self or others is essential.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in science; or a higher degree and/or industry certification favorably considered.
Licensures, Certifications and other requirements
  • This position’s duty station will be housed within the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL) which is a protection-sensitive facility. As such, incumbents of this position shall be subject to criminal background checks, background investigations, and mandatory drug and alcohol testing, as applicable. Due to the handling of primary evidence, the applicant will be required to submit a buccal swab for the purposes of the DNA Quality Control database for the DFS.
  • The nature of the DFS mission necessarily involves the potential risks associated with biological or chemical hazards, including morgue functions. Although contact with these functions is intended to be minimal, the risks are nevertheless possible; training to recognize, address, and mitigate these risks is required as is dealing with potentially personally difficult topics, such as crime, death, and disease.
Work Environment
  • The work is performed in an office and laboratory. The office setting is when preparing documentation, and the laboratory setting is during the testing and analysis phase.
  • The incumbent may be exposed to hazardous materials, toxic substances, blood borne pathogens, and electric current and electrostatic discharge and is required to follow safe laboratory practices and wear protective clothing, including facial masks, safety glasses, gloves, ear protection, etc.

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Posted: December 7, 2017

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