Employment Opportunity

Lead Latent Print Examiner

Houston Forensic Science Center, Houston, Texas

Salary: Not stated

Under the general direction of the Latent Print Supervisor, the Latent Print Lead performs training of the technical and quality components of the Latent Print training programs as a primary trainer.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Provide training to existing and incoming Latent Print staff as a primary trainer.
  • Work with the Training Coordinator and Technical Lead on training calendars, plans, and objectives.
  • Assist management on providing direction to staff members on complex cases.
  • Provide guidance on laboratory necessities.
  • Validate and suggest new equipment and chemicals for the laboratory.
  • Maintain and organize laboratory supplies and coordinate cleaning of the laboratory.
  • Assist with proficiency tests.
  • Participate in internal audits.
  • Support the review and development/writing of standard operating procedures to reflect best practices for newly implemented procedures.
  • Participate in a wide variety of special projects and compile a variety of special reports as requested.
  • Assist management with resolutions, best practices, and direction in leading the section, including making recommendations to management for best ideas.
  • Complete latent print examination and latent print processing casework, produce reports, and testify in court on those results when requested.

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


  • Bachelor’s degree in a physical or natural science from an accredited college or university is required. Degrees in Forensic Science may be considered with transcript review for corresponding physical science coursework. Relevant experience with a relevant degree may be considered in lieu of the science degree. A graduate degree is a plus.
  • Minimum of three years of latent print comparison and processing casework is required.
  • Minimum of one year of latent print processing is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with training of comparison and processing is strongly preferred.
  • IAI Latent Print Certification is strongly preferred.
  • Leadership experience is preferred.
  • Knowledge of latent print practice and procedure
  • Knowledge of evidentiary processing techniques for latent impression evidence.
  • Knowledge and use of photography/ digital capturing systems and techniques.
  • Knowledge in accreditation requirements, including participating in internal audits and/or external assessments.
  • Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication
  • Demonstrated skill in using computers and related software applications
  • Demonstrated skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing work assignments
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively handle conflict and uncertain situations
  • Demonstrated ability to work with frequent interruptions and changing priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective communications and working relationships with internal and external customers

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Posted: June 26, 2024

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