Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist - Digital & Multimedia Evidence

Virginia Department of Forensic Science, Richmond, Virginia

Salary: $52,676 - $88,123 per year

Final Filing Date: June 14, 2018

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science is seeking a qualified candidate to perform Digital & Multimedia evidence analyses, with a focus on computer, mobile, and data storage device analysis, at the Central Regional Laboratory, located in Richmond, Virginia.

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  • Receive and process forensic evidence;
  • Independently perform analyses;
  • Use knowledge of methodologies, techniques and instrumentation related to electronic information stored on a variety of computer, mobile, and data storage devices;
  • Interpret results and prepare reports of findings for use by the Criminal Justice System;
  • Prepare court exhibits and testify in court as an expert witness.
  • Forensic Scientists working in this position will encounter data containing sensitive or explicit content.
  • Occasional overnight travel is required and employee will provide own transportation as required.


To be considered qualified, candidates must have completed a documented training program and/or demonstration of competency in at least one of the Digital & Multimedia sub-disciplines:
  • Computer device analysis
  • OR
  • Mobile device analysis
  • The documented training program and/or demonstration of competency can consist of relevant academic coursework, internal or external training courses, and competency tests, but must meet the Virginia Department of Forensic Science‚Äôs training requirements for the candidate to be considered qualified. Records documenting the successfully completed coursework, training or testing will be requested.
  • Candidates who qualify in only one sub-discipline will be required to successfully complete an in-house training program in their unqualified sub-discipline.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited four-year college/university
  • Completion of a documented training program and/or demonstration of competency in computer device analysis and/or mobile device analysis
  • Knowledge of the basic principles of digital & multimedia evidence acquisition and analysis
  • Professional work experience conducting digital forensic examinations of computer, mobile, and/or data storage devices and their associated electronically stored information
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities, work efficiently, keep accurate records, effectively communicate (verbally and in writing) in a clear and concise manner, and defend scientific findings in court
  • Ability to accurately perform analysis and interpret data and develop conclusions
Preferred Qualifications
  • Digital forensic certification (e.g. computer, mobile) by an international association
  • Experience working in an accredited forensic science laboratory and/or familiarity with ANAB / ASCLD/LAB-International accreditation criteria
  • Ability to explain technical concepts in a manner that is simple, concise and accessible to all levels of technical understanding
  • Experience providing expert witness testimony in courts of law and knowledge of criminal court procedures and rules of evidence
  • Experience examining data storage media including hard disk drives (HDD), solid-state drives (SSD), RAID arrays, optical discs, and flash memory
  • Knowledge of and experience with mobile device repair and current data acquisition methods including automated hardware/software, custom recovery, JTAG, In-System Programming (ISP), and chip-off
  • Experience implementing or mitigating information security measures (i.e. encryption and password-protection)
  • Experience distinguishing between user-generated and system-generated data
  • Experience searching raw binary data for known or unknown data structures and file content
  • Experience parsing encoded data, SQLite and Extensible Storage Engine (ESE) databases, application and system logs, and Registry hives and Property List (plist) files
  • Experience with the use of X-Ways Forensics, Cellebrite UFED Ultimate and Physical Analyzer, and Microsoft Excel

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Posted: May 24, 2018

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