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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 1, 2021

THE STARTING SALARY FOR A NEW HIRE TO THIS POSITION IS LIMITED TO THE RECRUITMENT RANGE OF $42,780 to $58,845. 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 Unit is to accept, find, preserve and provide scientific forensic analysis of evidence 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.

The unit also provides photographic services including crime scene photography, portrait photography, and graphic arts services including but not limited to crime scene sketches, court exhibits, investigative aids, lineups, timelines, reward posters, pamphlets, and brochures.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Duties:

Under general supervision:
  • 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 data storage media.
  • Preserves and copies the original media.
  • Prevents the transference of viruses, destructive programs, and inadvertent writes to and from the original media.
  • 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.
  • Verifies the correctness of the computer's internal clock.
  • Physically disassembles and examines electronic devices and related hardware components.
  • Identifies evidence of computer-based crimes such as the theft and sabotage of data; fraudulent use of bank, credit, and telecommunications accounts; and the trafficking of pornography.
  • Examines and analyzes text, graphics, multimedia, and digital images.
  • 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
  • Examines and analyzes digital and analog audio recording and storage devices and media
  • Analyzes digital and analog video Analyzes digital and analog audio
  • Gives presentations to community groups.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
  • Employees must have a working knowledge of the principles, concepts, theories, reference sources, and laboratory practices involved with the forensic examination of evidence.
  • Employees must have a working knowledge of criminal law and of the rules and regulations regarding evidence gathering.
  • Employees must have a working 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).
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 two (2) years of related experience.

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