Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist - Latent Prints

Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Olathe, Kansas

Salary: $48,472 - $91,104 per year

Final Filing Date: First review of applications will begin on August 14, 2020.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Criminalistics Laboratory is seeking a qualified applicant for a Forensic Scientist position in our Latent Print Section.

This position will be hired as a Forensic Scientist Trainee, Forensic Scientist, or Senior Forensic Scientist based upon prior experience. The 2020 salary ranges, minimum Forensic Scientist Trainee to maximum Senior Forensic Scientist, are $23.30 - $43.80 ($48,472 – $91,104 annualized).

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  • Examine developed latent prints utilizing the ACE-V process
  • Process evidence, utilizing various physical and chemical methods, to develop latent prints
  • Enter and search latent prints in AFIS and NGI
  • Participation in training, competency testing, and proficiency testing according to established protocols
  • Performing technical review and administrative review of casework data
  • Rigorously following all safety manuals, standard operating procedures, and quality assurance/quality control procedures
  • Performing quality assurance/quality control procedures of reagents, equipment, and instrumentation as necessary
  • Documenting and performing casework duties in accordance with laboratory procedures, with minimal errors and no pattern of deficiencies
  • Assisting in ensuring conformance to laboratory accreditation standards
  • Attending continuing education/training courses, workshops, seminars, conferences and professional meetings as time and resources allow
  • Participating in method validation/verification studies as needed
  • Providing expert testimony in courts of law as subpoenaed


Educational requirements:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, or a relevant field.
Experience requirements for Forensic Scientist:
  • Two (2) years of experience in a forensic laboratory.
  • Knowledge of the basic principles and applications of instrumentation used in latent print examinations.
  • Successful completion of a Latent Print training program with demonstrated competency.
  • Salary range: $26.70 - 40.00 ($55,544 - 83,191 annualized).
Experience requirements for Senior Forensic Scientist:
  • Five (5) years of independent forensic casework in the discipline of Latent Prints.
  • Courtroom testimony experience.
  • Successful completion of a Latent Print training program, with demonstrated competency.
  • Salary range: $29.20 – 43.80 ($60,736 - 91,104 annualized).
Candidates not meeting the experience requirements for Forensic Scientist or Senior Forensic scientist will be hired as a Forensic Scientist Trainee.
  • Salary range: $23.20 - 34.90 ($48,472 - 75,583 annualized).
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Independent latent print casework experience
  • Latent Print Certification through the International Association for Identification (IAI)

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Posted: July 18, 2020

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