Forensic Scientist - Latent Prints
Dept of Forensic Science - Roanoke County, VA

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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 Western Laboratory, located in Roanoke. Duties of the position include: Documented 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.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree. Successful completion of a documented Bachelor's degree. Successful completion of a documented forensic scientist latent print training program or work experience in an accredited forensic science laboratory and the ability to demonstrate 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. Experience in forensic related teaching/training.

Special Requirements
SELECTED CANDIDATE MUST PROVIDE A DNA SAMPLE VIAL A BUCCAL SWAB (SALIVA SAMPLE), BE FINGERPRINTED, AND PASS A BACKGROUND SECURITY CHECK

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