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Forensic Scientist II, Firearms

North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh, North Carolina

Salary: $46,203.00 - $78,218.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 3, 2020

THE STARTING SALARY FOR A NEW HIRE TO THIS POSITION IS LIMITED TO THE RECRUITMENT RANGE OF $46,203 to $63,552. Salary offers are based on education, experience, departmental budget, and equity considerations.

The primary purpose of the Firearms Section is to provide the North Carolina Criminal Justice System with trained and experienced forensic scientists who analyze evidence seized in the course of criminal investigations. The forensic services provided include laboratory analysis, expert witness testimony and training on evidence collection/handling in the areas of firearm examination/comparison, serial number restoration, and tool mark examination/comparison.

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  • The primary purpose of this position is to perform specialized and highly complex analytical work in the field of firearm analysis. FSII's perform very complex microscopic examinations and comparisons using the stereo microscope and the comparison microscope to examine criminal evidence, to determine if a particular ammunition component was fired in a specific weapon. This is done by comparing the unknown (fired bullets, cartridge cases, and/or shot shells) with the known (the tests which are fired from the suspect weapon). FSII's identify ammunition and ammunition components, both fired and unfired, by type, caliber, manufacturer, and other general characteristics. FSII's identify guns, gun parts, and evaluate them as to function, safety and alterations.
  • Serial number restoration, gunshot residue and pellet pattern distance determination, trajectory analysis case work is also done as needed.
  • This position has the primary responsibility for accepting, analyzing, and reporting of high profile, unique and/or major cases while placing a priority on the quality and timely completion of these cases. The FS II will also be responsible for maintaining a caseload at all times and increase this volume during peak periods as prescribed by the Section Forensic Scientist Manager. Casework is conducted on a broad range of evidence in a broad range of criminal cases and the analyst must prepare and furnish reports of the analysis to local, state and federal agencies, both inside and outside of North Carolina, that are involved. As a result of the analysis, the FS II may be required to testify as an expert witness and present a competent and unbiased court presentation to explain and defend his or her findings.
  • This position requires overtime and on call.
  • The Forensic Scientist shall be required to obtain individual certification consistent with the international and ISO standards within 18 months of the date the analyst becomes eligible to seek certification according to the standards of the certifying entity. Overtime is required in this position.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
  • Employees must have an advanced knowledge of the principles, concepts theories, reference sources and laboratory practices involved with the forensic examination of evidence.
  • Employees must have an advanced knowledge of criminal law and of the rules and regulations regarding evidence gathering and handling.
  • Employees must have an advanced knowledge of scientific methodology and of laboratory safety practices.
  • Ability to perform and record complex standardized and nonstandardized 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 and auditory distinctions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
  • Firearms & Tool Marks - Bachelor's degree with a major in forensic science, chemistry, biology, physical science (physics), mechanical engineering, criminal justice or closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of experience performing bench level analysis in firearms and tool marks; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Necessary Special Requirement
  • Must obtain individual certification consistent with international and International Standards Organization standards within eighteen months of the date the analyst becomes eligible to seek certification according to the standards of the certifying entity.
Management prefers:
  • Four years of related experience.

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Posted: March 24, 2020

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