VCU Department of Forensic Science

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Responsibilities

  • Maintain integrity of evidence and material received for examination.
  • Compare known finger, palm, and foot prints with latent print impressions to determine identity for use investigations.
  • Use chemical, physical and instrumental techniques, i.e. Automated Digital Image Processing Systems, Automated Fingerprint Identification System, Automated Footwear and Tire identification System and alternate Light Sources.
  • Prepare reports of findings that are developed during examination and analysis of evidence.
  • Respond to major crime scenes to collect, preserve and package physical evidence.
  • Deploy worldwide as a member of a Forensic Exploitation Team.
  • Conduct examination of evidence that is usually fragmented or imperfect.
  • Provide fingerprint identification testimony in court
  • Access various systems, networks and databases to identify and compare latent prints.

Basic Requirement for a Physical Scientist (Forensic Latent Print Examiner):

Degree: Bachelor’s degree (or higher degree) in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

GS-09: One year of specialized experience which includes: develop latent fingerprints on items of evidence, search fingerprint database to make positive identifications, and determine appropriate method to examine physical evidence. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-07).

OR

Education: Master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.

For more information, see https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/556795200

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