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Forensic Scientist I, Latent Evidence

North Carolina Department of Justice, Wake County, North Carolina

Salary: $46,209.00 - $71,215.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: March 9, 2018

This is entry level professional forensic analysis work that requires the analysis of forensic evidence in a crime laboratory setting to determine if the evidence could support a criminal prosecution. Employees examine and analyze evidence from simple to moderately complex casework, make judgments and testify in court as necessary to explain and defend their findings. Employees operate with some technical independence in the forensic examination of various types of evidence. Employees may assist journey or senior forensic scientists in the more varied and moderately complex casework while continuing to learn the techniques, methods and practices involved in the examination of more complex cases. Employees conduct consultations and participate in pretrial conferences with prosecutors and defense attorneys, train and advise law enforcement officials, and handle all evidence under stringent chain of custody rules. Employees may be required to perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

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Latent - latent print analysis to include fingerprints, palm prints and bare foot prints; footwear analysis; tire track analysis; unknown deceased analysis, and other questioned impressions analysis.

The primary purpose of the Forensic Scientist I is to perform analytical work in the field of latent print analysis. This position analyzes any evidence for the presence of latent impressions originating from fingers, palms or feet. The forensic scientist must be able to conduct these analyses using all methods approved by the section.


Minimum Education and Experience – Latent Evidence.
  • Bachelor's degree with a major in forensic science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physical science or closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of experience performing bench level analysis in latent evidence; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
  • Employees must have knowledge of the principles, concepts theories, reference sources and laboratory practices involved with the forensic examination of evidence.
  • Employees must have knowledge of criminal law and of the rules and regulations regarding evidence gathering and handling.
  • Employees must have knowledge of scientific methodology and of laboratory safety practices.
  • Ability to perform and record complex standardized and non-standardized laboratory tests and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze results, and interpret methodology and to understand and solve theoretical problems.
  • Ability to express technical information clearly both orally and in writing when reporting results, testifying or explaining procedures to others.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to perceive colors normally and make olfactory distinctions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

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Posted: March 6, 2018

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