Employment Opportunity

Physical Scientist (Forensic Latent Print Examiner)

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, Fort Gillem, Georgia

Salary: $42,678 to $117,028 per year

Final Filing Date: November 20, 2017

This position serves as an examiner (GS7 through GS13) in the DFSC and may work in any of the four Directorates at any given time period: The US Army Department of Forensic Science Center (DFSC), Forensic Exploitation Directorate (FXD), Office of Quality Initiatives and Training (OQIT), and/or the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS).

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  • 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. Develops and writes findings and conclusions to transmit to submitters and requesting activities and agencies.
  • Plan, conduct and direct research projects in which efforts may result in significant scientific developments and publications in latent print identification.
  • Travel worldwide to legal proceedings to testify as an expert witness in criminal investigations of the most serious type crimes (assassinations, espionage, drug investigations, larcenies, murder, robberies, sexual offenses, war crimes, etc.); presents technical testimony in laymen terms; defends analytical approach and results against rigorous cross-examination; assists trial attorneys in case preparation.
  • Deploys worldwide as a member of a Forensic Exploitation Team. Receives samples of materials to test visually, chemically, photographically, and make other scientific and instrumental examinations, as needed, of submissions of physical evidence and material to form an opinion regarding identification of latent prints and/or impressions. The evidentiary materials are irreplaceable physical evidence and material submitted for intelligence and operational exploitation in support of National Defense and in connection with criminal activity. Samples are received from military units in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), intelligence organizations and legal agencies, as well as other federal and non-federal agencies in CONUS.
  • Respond to major crime scenes of serious and/or sensitive investigations to supervise and/or advise investigators on proper collection, preservation, and packing of physical evidence found at the scene.


In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Basic Requirements:
  • A degree in physical sciences, 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.
  • or
  • A combination of education and experience - course work equivalent to a major as shown above, including at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Experience required: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

  • Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes: Performing everyday duties of a forensic science organization. Taking measurements and collecting information; taking forensic samples; conducting routine forensic calculating, plotting, and checking of numerical data; prepares graphs and data profiles; and accomplishes routine forensic analysis. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-05).
  • OR
  • Education: One full year of graduate level education in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.
  • OR
  • Superior Academic Achievement. In order to be creditable under this provision, Superior Academic Achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled, such as that identified in Education above. Superior Academic Achievement is based on:
  • (1) Class Standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses; OR
  • (2) Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of either (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.; OR
  • (3) Honor Society Membership - Applicants may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (
  • OR
  • Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) by 18. Add the two percentages.
  • 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.
  • or
  • Education Substitution for Specialized Experience for the GS-09: Successful completion of a master's or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D., if related from an accredited college or university.(Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.)
  • or
  • Combination of Specialized Experience and Education for the GS-09: You must possess some specialized experience as described above, but less than one year; and have more than one year of graduate level education, but less than two years of graduate-level education as described above. If you have computed the percentage of the requirements that are meet, and the total is at least 100% (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education in excess of 18 hours (total semesters hours minus 18) by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify) (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.)

This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service GS-07.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Computer Skills
  • Physical Sciences
  • Technical Competence
  • Writing
  • Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and
  • Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please submit your foreign education evaluation with your application.
Conditions of Employment
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 16 position.
  • Physical Exam Requirements: Incumbent must obtain and pass a medical examination prior to employment.
  • Visual acuity and correct color perception are required in addition to other Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, such as blood chemistry and chest x-rays. Incumbent must meet DoD/DA physical screening requirements for deployment to OCONUS locations established by the
  • CONUS Replacement Center (CRC) for OCONUS deployment, to include meeting the deployment requirements for physical and dental deployment readiness.
  • Incumbent is required to lift boxes of evidence that weights up to 70 pounds to working heights of 48 inches.
  • Travel, involving extend time periods, will be required in response to life-cycle training, courts, and crime scenes worldwide.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET Security Clearance.
  • Must participate in DNA profiling database within the DFSC.
  • Position is subject to Lautenberg/Domestic Violence Misdemeanor amendments.
  • May be required to carry a firearm.
  • Job will require shift work with normal 8-hour shifts but may require working extended 12- hour shifts, 7 days a week to meet mission requirements. Incumbent of this position will be subject to on-call and irregular work hours.
  • These positions require extended temporary duty (TDY) business travel up to 35% of the time, and/or deployment to contingency and/or humanitarian relief areas, worldwide, in support of the mission of the DFSC.
  • Emergency Essential position. This position is considered essential to support Department of the Army's mobilization and wartime mission during periods of increasing tension or mobilization. Position is considered emergency essential because (1) no qualified and immediate replacement exists and (2) leaving position vacant would (a) impair the effective operations of essential military support systems, or (b) adversely impact the combat mission of deployed forces.
  • Applicants must possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license.

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Posted: November 13, 2017

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