Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist Technical Leader (Latent Print)

Department of Forensic Sciences, Washington DC

Salary: $122,504.00 - $157,829.00 per year

Final Filing Date: March 9, 2024

The incumbent works in the Latent Fingerprint Unit (LFU) and under the Forensic Science Laboratory Director. The Technical Leader provides expert technical guidance and advice and oversees the technical aspects of the LFU analysis programs, with the specific objective of ensuring that those programs maintain best practices, technical relevancy, and compliance with accreditation requirements and quality assurance standards.

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Duties and Responsibilities
  • Oversees the LFU laboratory quality system to ensure compliance with all associated quality standards pertaining to ANAB ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation and ensures generally accepted latent print analysis standards {i.e. The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC)} are being adhered to by the LFU. Recommend process changes to the Unit Manager.
  • Conducts and oversees research; develops, validates, and implements new laboratory analytical procedures deemed feasible by management.

 Earn a Degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Science, Computer Forensics or Forensic Psychology


Qualifications and Education
  • Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
  • OR
  • Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as referenced above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Licensure and Certifications
  • Latent Print Examiner Certification by the International Association for Identification (IAI).
Work Conditions/Environment
  • This position’s duty station will be housed within the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL) which is a protection-sensitive facility. The work environment includes office setting, laboratory conditions, training facility, and courtrooms. The incumbent may be exposed to hazardous materials, toxic substances, blood borne pathogens, and is required to follow safe laboratory practices and wear protective clothing, including facial masks, safety glasses, gloves, ear protection, etc.
  • The nature of the DFS mission necessarily involves the potential risks associated with biological or chemical hazards, including morgue functions. Although contact with these functions is intended to be minimal, the risks are nevertheless possible; training to recognize, address, and mitigate these risks is required as is dealing with potentially personally difficult topics, such as crime, death, and disease.

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Posted: February 9, 2024

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