VCU Department of Forensic Science

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Salary 

$56,908.80 – $79,060.80 Annually

Location 

Meridian, ID

Job Type

Full Time

Department

Idaho State Police

Job Number

PCN 4043 – 8007

Closing

8-10-20

Description

This announcement is being used to fill an Impression Evidence/Latent Print unit Forensic Scientist 2 (FS2) position. The Forensic Scientist 2 (FS2) is an experienced scientist level position with ISP Forensic Services. The incumbent will be certified as an FS2 upon successful completion of a specified training program and two (2) years’ experience in the FS1 position (or) demonstration of meeting the minimum qualifications and *qualifying work experience of an FS2 position and a six-month probationary period of 1,040 hours. Pay will be adjusted accordingly at the time the incumbent is certified as a FS2.


*Qualifying work experience for the Impression Evidence/Latent Print unit Forensic Scientist 2 includes a minimum of two (2) years working independently, planning, managing, and prioritizing impression evidence casework; performing and documenting a range of examinations regarding forensic impression evidence; providing training and consultation services to professional criminal justice and scientific audiences; and testifying as an expert regarding forensic impression evidence examinations performed as applicable.

All Idaho State Police Forensic Laboratories are accredited by A2LA and to the ISO 17025 Standard. State Police Forensic Laboratories serve state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies; state and county prosecutors; and public defenders.
 
You MUST attach your unofficial college transcript(s) to this application by the closing date.  Applications without the supporting transcripts will not be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE:  The successful applicant will be required to complete a background investigation and polygraph examination, which includes drug screening. Please review the ISP Drug Policy and ISP Grooming and Appearance Standards.


Example of Duties

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Maintain established standards of laboratory cleanliness, safety, and efficiency.
  • Provide scientific and technical expertise in latent print processing and comparison.
  • Follow analytical methods and the quality and safety procedures.
  • Document quality controls and work.
  • Ensure that the reports issued for analysis they perform are accurate.
  • Report results of all analysis performed through electronic laboratory information management system.
  • Provide expert testimony when applicable.
  • Perform analysis in only examinations they are approved to perform.
  • Technical review of casework.
  • Administrative review of casework.
  • Report deficiencies to supervisor.
  • Perform technical audits.
  • Perform validation studies to investigate and implement new methodologies.
  • Train police officers and corrections staff in collection and packaging of evidence and exemplars.
  • Participate in routine quality control measures, instrument maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Conduct complex examinations of evidence and develop analytical findings in latent print examinations (ACE-V).
  • Provide expert opinion and witness testimony regarding scientific findings.
  • Interpret findings for prosecutors and defense attorneys, prepare attorneys for presentation of findings.
  • Provide assistance at complex crime scenes and collect exemplars at autopsies.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:

  • A baccalaureate degree or advanced degree as designated by ISP Forensic Services policy for the analytical discipline and two years of *qualifying work experience as a forensic scientist supported by appropriate training
  • *Qualifying work experience includes: working independently, planning, managing, and prioritizing caseloads, successfully engaging in independent research, evaluation, and validation activities
  • Performing and documenting a range of examinations regarding forensic evidence
  • Providing training and consultation services to professional criminal justice and scientific audiences
  • Testifying as an expert regarding the forensic examinations performed


NOTE: Specific college coursework requirements vary depending on the discipline. For example, DNA analysts have to meet the training/coursework requirements established by the DNA Advisory Board and controlled substances analysts have to meet the educational standards established by SWGDRUG.

MQ Specialties

NOTE: Specific college coursework and certification requirements vary depending on the discipline.

Latent:
Must have college coursework in a relevant physical or biological science which may include biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and/or physics. A statistics course may be applied to meeting the minimum coursework hours (coursework hours as required/stipulated by the current ISPFS Quality Manual).
 
The successful candidate will be required to obtain certification by the International Association of Identification as a Certified Latent Print Examiner within three (3) years of being selected for or promoted to a Forensic Scientist 2 position.

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