Employment Opportunity

Forensic Analyst

Eugene Police Department, Eugene, Oregon

Salary: $67,974.40 - $86,673.59 Annually

Final Filing Date: June 29, 2018

The Eugene Police Department is seeking a talented forensic professional with the ability to provide their expertise to a variety of professional Forensic Analyst job duties.

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  • Responds to crime scenes and autopsies, as they occur, to perform and/or oversee searching for, collecting, preserving, packaging and inventorying of evidence, including various body fluids, tool marks, ballistic evidence, and drug laboratory chemicals, weapons, clothing, trace evidence, footwear, tire impressions, latent prints, and other related materials. May provide direction to lower classifications at crime scene investigations.
  • Uses photographic equipment and/or video recording to record crime scene.
  • Performs technical and specialized laboratory analysis and interpretation of findings involving complex and varied crime scene evidence.
  • Evaluates evidence and determines types of tests to apply, including the use of quantitative and qualitative, chemical, microscopic, chemical sequencing and other examination methods.
  • Performs appropriate testing to analyze evidence, which can include: friction ridge details, blood spatter patterns, performing presumptive testing for the presence of blood, using processes to restore serial numbers, and other processes.
  • Reconstructs events through evaluation of collected evidence, photography, and the preparation of detailed scaled diagrams.
  • Compares collected evidence with suspect, victim or witness items or other samples to establish appropriate identification.
  • Decides when evidence should be forwarded to other laboratories for additional tests and develop specific instructions for other agencies; prepares or oversees the preparation of physical evidence for transmittal and monitor its return; reviews results of outside analysis.
  • Supports detectives in investigative findings in criminal cases; assists deputy district attorneys in interpretation of evidence for prosecution of cases.
  • Presents obtained results with scientific accuracy both orally and in writing; prepares specialized reports and exhibits, including scientific and comparative analysis of evidence.
  • Testifies in court as to results, methods, and procedures used in interpreting findings; prepares displays, graphic presentations and demonstrations of analytical results; may serve as expert witness in area of expertise.
  • Conducts post mortem identification procedures by attending autopsies for photographing, evidence collection, and fingerprinting.
  • Compares latent fingerprints with known fingerprints to establish identity. Performs latent print development using a variety of physical, electronic and chemical means. Compares latents with known standards to establish identity.
  • Prepares fingerprint samples for comparison under the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) system and uses system.
  • Develops strong professional working relationships with court and other law enforcement employees.
  • Uses appropriate equipment for conducting analytical reviews, such as optical and electronic laboratory equipment, forensic light sources, various computer systems, electronic imaging, and related equipment; maintains assigned equipment.
  • Instructs other forensic and police personnel in the methods and techniques of crime scene investigation and physical evidence, police identification, and procedures for preservation of evidence; provides information on changes in techniques and technology.
  • Teaches, presents and demonstrates forensic procedures to a variety of audiences.
  • Assists in the maintenance of all equipment used by the unit.
  • May develop operational and safety procedures for the forensic laboratory.
  • Actively supports and respects diversity in the work place.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry or Forensic Science. Other Science Degrees will be considered based upon relevant course work. A Master's degree in a related field may substitute for a Bachelor's degree.
  • Two years of general work experience with one year of forensic or related analytical work. Work experience in a forensic setting or laboratory is preferred.
License and Certificate
  • Satisfactory completion of department approved basic and advanced fingerprint, or basic and advanced forensic video analysis courses or an equivalent, or the ability to obtain within a reasonable amount of time (depending on assignment).
  • Must obtain DPSST Instructor certification within one year of completing the 12-month probationary period.
  • Valid Oregon driver's license, or ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City's standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).
Knowledge of:
  • Scientific analytical methods and processes and how to apply them.
  • Principles, procedures, techniques, and trends in identification, collection, handling, preservation, and analysis of physical evidence; expert knowledge in areas of specialization.
  • Principles, procedures, techniques, and trends in Forensics: toxicology, forensic biology, firearms, tool marks, hair, fiber, and other trace evidence.
  • Principles, methods, and techniques in Friction Ridge comparison.
  • Methods and techniques of criminal investigation and crime scene reconstruction.
  • OSHA safety rules and safe handling procedures for chemicals and unknown substances. Principles and procedures of criminal law, rules of evidence, and court procedures.
  • Principles, methods, and techniques of developing, evaluating, classifying, and comparing fingerprints including using powders, chemicals, stains, photography, comparison, and identification of friction ridge detail.
  • Basic, and advanced, FBI fingerprint classification principles, involving both inked and latent fingerprint classification; appropriate techniques for examining latent prints.
  • Principles, methods, and techniques for taking, electronic processing and printing photographs.
  • Use and maintenance of scientific analytical instruments.
  • Appropriate computer programs and systems.
Ability to:
  • Demonstrate proficiency in assigned forensic areas including, but not limited to, physical evidence processing and friction ridge examination and basic crime scene investigation by the end of the 12-month probationary period.
  • Exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment within limits of established practices and procedures both in laboratory and field situations.
  • Follow prescribed analytical procedures and methods.
  • Make comparisons and match latent friction ridge detail to known standards. Prepare detailed analytical written laboratory reports.
  • Operate a variety of instruments and equipment and follow specific processes involving use of computer, photographic and video equipment, fingerprint processing equipment, and small, specialized tools.
  • Operate a variety of computer hardware and software systems, including word processing, Automated Biometric Information System (ABIS), other specialized databases, photo electronic imaging, and Adobe Photo Shop (depending on assignment).
  • Operate applicable motor vehicles.
  • Work well with employees, representatives of other agencies, and the public. Show good judgment and attention to details.
  • Maintain physical agility to move heavy objects and reach difficult crime scene environments. Work outdoors and in varied weather, as required.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and explain scientific, technical matters in an understandable manner. Function and qualify as an expert witness in area(s) of specialization.
  • Maintain technical knowledge in field and obtain specialized training as needed.
  • Must be available on-call during off-duty hours and able to respond as required.
  • Must be able to travel to maintain training and proficiency in assigned disciplines.

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Posted: May 22, 2018

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