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Forensic Scientist Supervisor, Digital Evidence

North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh, North Carolina

Salary: $56,046.00 - $100,814.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: October 23, 2020

THE STARTING SALARY FOR A NEW HIRE TO THIS POSITION IS LIMITED TO THE RECRUITMENT RANGE OF $56,046 to $83,000. Salary offers are based upon the candidate's education and experience related to the position, as well as departmental budget and equity considerations.

The primary purpose of the Digital Evidence Section is to accept, find, preserve and provide scientific forensic analysis of evidence for the criminal justice community, to include in-lab analyses, technical field assistance, and expert witness testimony in the following areas: Distribution of child pornography, recovery of evidence of the sexual exploitation of children on computers, search of computers for evidence such as e-mails or chats in crimes of violence or threats of violence, forensic analysis of security video recovered from a crime scene or surveillance video recorded by law enforcement personnel, forensic analysis of audio evidence in order to clarify audio which may be recovered at crime scenes or recorded in covert investigations by law enforcement personnel.

This position will directly supervise a group of Forensic Scientist who are responsible for conducting detailed laboratory examinations and analyses of evidence at the request of all local, State, Federal and Military law enforcement agencies. The position will also perform limited casework of all levels, prepare written reports of the results of the analyses; provide expert testimony in court on the results of the analysis, and perform collateral duties as assigned by management.

The Forensic Scientists in the Digital evidence section perform casework with a high degree of technical independence in both disciplines within the Section (computer forensics and audio/visual).

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  • 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.
  • Trains and instructs other employees.
  • 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
  • Gives presentations to community groups.
  • This position is subject to mandatory overtime and serving in an on-call capacity. Position is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Position is non-sworn.
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 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.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to supervise and evaluate the work of subordinates.


  • 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; and six years of experience performing bench level analysis in digital evidence; 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 (r
  • equires a minimum of 3-5 years of verified experience depending on applicant s education level)
  • 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.

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Posted: October 2, 2020

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