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Forensic Scientist - NIBIN - Firearms & Toolmarks

Virginia Department of Forensic Science, Richmond, Virginia

Salary: $47,585 per year

Final Filing Date: September 19, 2017

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science (DFS) is seeking a qualified applicant to serve as a Forensic Scientist – NIBIN in the Firearms & Toolmarks Section of the Central Regional Laboratory.

In the event a fully qualified Forensic Scientist – NIBIN candidate cannot be employed, a trainee position may be offered to the most suited candidate with a starting salary of $44,472. Upon successful completion of training, the trainee’s salary will be established as a qualified Forensic Scientist – NIBIN. The training will last approximately 6 months, dependent upon the qualifications of the selected candidate. The trainee candidate must meet the educational requirements stated in the qualifications.

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Duties:

The Forensic Scientist – NIBIN will independently test fire and examine a variety of firearms to include microscopic examination of fired cartridge cases for entry into the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN), conduct NIBIN correlation reviews, issue reports and testify in courts of law as an expert on examinations performed. Occasional overnight travel is required, and employee must provide own transportation as needed.

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Possession of NIBIN entry and correlation certification
  • Familiarity with a scientific laboratory environment including using standard laboratory equipment and safety and QA/QC procedures
  • General knowledge of the theory and application of natural science and general mathematics as they relate to the storage, preservation, and analysis of crime scene evidence
  • Work experience with and/or working knowledge of firearms
  • Ability to accurately record and maintain records, follow written protocols and oral instructions, establish work priorities, adhere to laboratory safety policies, analyze and interpret data and develop sound conclusions
  • Ability to manage one’s time efficiently and perform routine duties independently
  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must have valid driver’s license and/or other means of reliable transportation
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in forensic science, natural science, physical science or closely related field
  • Membership in and/or certification by AFTE
  • Experience working in an accredited forensic science laboratory
  • Familiarity with ASCLD/LAB accreditation criteria

In the event a fully qualified Forensic Scientist – NIBIN candidate cannot be employed, a trainee position may be offered to the most suited candidate with a starting salary of $44,472. Upon successful completion of training, the trainee’s salary will be established as a qualified Forensic Scientist – NIBIN. The training will last approximately 6 months, dependent upon the qualifications of the selected candidate. The trainee candidate must meet the educational requirements stated in the qualifications.

Special Requirements
  • Commonwealth of Virginia state employees must serve a new probationary period.
  • Selected candidates must provide a DNA sample via a buccal swab (saliva sample), be fingerprinted, drug tested and pass a security background check

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: September 12, 2017



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