VCU Department of Forensic Science

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This position serves as an examiner (GS-9 through GS-13) in the DFSC and may work in any of the four Directorates at any given time period: The United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL), Forensic Exploitation Directorate (FXD), Office of Quality Initiatives and Training (OQIT), and/or the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS).


  • Maintains integrity of evidence and material received for examination.
  • Conduct scientific examinations on criminal evidence which is usually fragmentary or imperfect to develop latent prints (finger prints, palm prints and footprints) and other types of impression evidence.
  • Conduct comparisons of latent prints with known (Record/Inked) finger, palm and/or foot prints and other instruments associated with criminal cases for the purpose of making identifications or elimination.
  • Assist and train special agents, military police investigators, military police and other military units on proper forensic techniques for processing, collection, preservation, and packaging of evidence, and laboratory capabilities available to them.
  • Use chemical, physical and instrumental techniques, i.e. Automated Digital Image Processing Systems (ADIPS), Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS), and Alternate Light Sources.
  • Process physical evidence as an expert forensic latent print examiner.
  • Writes a report detailing observations, results of tests and conclusions.

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.


Combination of Education and Experience: Courses equivalent to one of the majors, as shown in A above, that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

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

GS-09: To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, such as: performing technical tasks, such as selecting samples, interpolating missing data, uncovering clear discrepancies, solving minor problems, and performing scientific analysis in support of processing physical evidence and material as a latent print examiner to higher level scientists.


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.

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