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Forensic Scientist I, Digital Evidence

North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh, North Carolina

Salary: $42,780.00 - $72,424.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: December 13, 2019

Salary offers are based upon the candidate's education and experience related to the position, as well as departmental budget and equity considerations.

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Duties:

  • The Forensic Scientist I will perform casework with a limited degree of technical independence in one of the two disciplines in the Section: computer forensics or audio/visual. A determination will be made at the time of on-boarding as to which discipline the Forensic Scientist I will initially be assigned to conduct examinations.
  • Processes, examines and analyzes computer hardware, software, electronically stored data and other computer-related evidentiary materials.
  • Prepares and presents reports of findings, provides expert testimony, and performs a variety of crime laboratory duties.
  • Conducts thorough examinations of electronic devices and data storage media.
  • Preserves and copies original media without introducing destructive elements (e.g., viruses, inadvertent writes, environmental factors)
  • Recovers deleted data.
  • Accesses password-protected and secured files.
  • Uses forensic hardware and software applications to analyze electronic media.
  • Examines the contents of a computer's firmware.
  • Examines boot record data, system configuration, and operation command files.
  • Physically disassembles and examines electronic devices and related hardware components.
  • Identifies evidence of computer-based crimes such as the theft and sabotage of data; fraud-based crimes; child pornography; and violent crimes.
  • Examines and analyzes text, graphics, multimedia, digital images, and configuration/system file.
  • Labels evidence.
  • Prepares and presents reports of examinations and findings.
  • Works with court officers to prepare cases for trial.
  • Provides expert opinion testimony in courts.
  • Provides advice and guidance regarding the seizure and handling of digital evidence.
  • Examines and analyzes digital and analog video recording and storage devices and media
  • Examines and analyzes digital and analog audio recording and storage devices and media
  • This position is subject to mandatory overtime and serving in an on-call capacity.
  • The Forensic Scientist shall be required to obtain individual certification consistent with international and ISO standards within 18 months of the date the analyst becomes eligible to seek certification according to the standards of the certifying entities.
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, 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.

Requirements:

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
  • Digital Evidence - Bachelor's degree with a major in computer science, digital forensics, networking, information technology, cyber technology, criminal justice; or forensic science or multi-media studies with coursework in computer science or information technology; or biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry and other science degrees (if degree includes significant coursework in computer science or information technology); or closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution including coursework in science; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Necessary Special Requirement (Digital): Must obtain individual certification consistent with international and ISO standards within eighteen months of the date the analyst becomes eligible to seek certification according to the standards of the certifying entity. Such vendor-neutral certifications may include:
  • Certified Computer Forensic Examiner (CFCE) – International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists, Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) – International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners Digital Forensics Certified Practitioner (DFCP) – Digital Forensics Certification Board (requires a minimum 5 years of verified experience prior to sitting for the exam), Global Information Assurance Certification Forensic Examiner (GCFE) – SANS Institute, Certified Video Technician (CFVT) – Law Enforcement & Emergency Service Video Association (requires a minimum of 3 years of verified experience prior to sitting for the exam), Certified Forensic Video Examiner (CFVE) – International Association for Identification (requires a minimum of 3-5 years of verified experience depending on applicant's education level)
Management preference:
  • 2 years of related experience.

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Posted: November 29, 2019

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