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Forensic Scientist I, Firearms

North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh, North Carolina

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

Final Filing Date: May 17, 2021

THE STARTING SALARY FOR A NEW HIRE TO THIS POSITION IS LIMITED TO THE RECRUITMENT RANGE OF $42,780 to $58,845. Salary determination is 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 Firearms Unit 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, tool mark examination/comparison and gunshot residue / pellet pattern distance determination.

The primary purpose of this Forensic Scientist I is to perform entry level Firearms casework – an equitable share of the analyses performed by the unit, prepare written reports of the results of the analyses, and provide expert testimony in court on the results of the analyses.

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  • The Forensic Scientist I will complete prescribed Firearms training requirements before beginning casework.
  • The primary purpose of a Forensic Scientist I is to perform casework on firearms evidence seized by law enforcement officers in the course of their investigations. Analysis of evidence consists of one or more of the following:
    • Evaluation of a firearm to determine functionality, safety, and alterations
    • Test-firing of firearms
    • Determination of caliber
    • Determination of whether unknown ammunition components were fired from a particular firearm
    • Determination of IBIS suitability
    • Restoration of obliterated serial numbers
  • The Forensic Scientist I will perform casework with a limited degree of technical independence.
  • The Forensic Scientist must testify in state and federal courts as to his/her analysis of the evidence. The Forensic Scientist is, through education, training and experience, qualified by the court as an expert in the field of forensic firearms analysis before being allowed to testify about the analysis. As an expert witness, the Forensic Scientist must explain and defend in detail the analysis, including the procedures and techniques used, the results of the analysis, and how the results of the analysis apply in the given case.
  • The Forensic Scientist has regular contact with members of the criminal justice system and consults with the officials in reference to investigation matters specifically related to the laboratory's analytical capabilities and limitations
  • Overtime and on-call are required in this position. This position is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • The Forensic Scientist participates in competency and proficiency testing.
  • 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
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; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Necessary Special Requirement
  • 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.
Management preference:
  • Management prefers 2 years of related experience.

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Posted: May 3, 2021

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