Forensic Examiner - Trace
PURPOSE: Performs duties as a qualified Forensic Examiner. On own initiative conducts specialized analytical procedures on items, conducts examinations of evidence, and provides reports and testimony. Analysis and examinations are focused on identifying characteristics of trace evidence, to include hairs, fibers, cordage, and fabric.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Conducts a full range of analytic procedures in laboratory settings, including examinations to identify and characterize evidence in a specialized discipline. Prepares samples, selects and enters instrument settings, conducts scientific analyses, and tabulates results. May perform all examinations in specific cases or a significant specialized portion of a very complex case.
Prepares complete laboratory reports or portions of reports and provides testimony regarding results of interpretations. Participates in liaison meetings with officials from outside agencies to facilitate mission requirements.
Solves a variety of analytical problems and modifies and adapts standard methods and techniques in order to examine evidence. Reviews and interprets materials gathered from investigations. Interprets findings of analyses conducted.
Participates, as needed, in the maintenance of laboratory instruments. Maintains instruments to insure they are fully functioning, that related supplies, components, and accessories are sufficient to conduct examinations in laboratory and field operations. Ensures that all necessary safety precautions and applicable regulations are followed.
OTHER JOB DUTIES:
Prepares and delivers scientific briefings and presentations regarding examination of trace evidence.
May provide training to Physical Scientists regarding preparation of evidence for examination and related functions consistent with the needs of the client.
Bachelors degree in a natural science or a closely related field from an accredited university and prefer a minimum of five (5) years recent experience as a certified Forensic Examiner in an accredited laboratory. For three of the five (5) years immediately prior to applying for the specific contract position, the individual must have 1) resided in the United States; 2) worked for the United States overseas in a Federal or military capability; or 3) be a dependent of a Federal or military employee serving overseas. These individuals must, however, be United States citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens. Must have professional knowledge of the principles, theories, and methods of trace evidence in order to analyze complex materials and to adapt analytical and/or technical procedures. Must have in-depth knowledge of a forensic laboratory's case working procedures, including quality control and safety procedures, and of the functions of other scientific and technical specialties within a forensic setting to assure that examinations are conducted according to accepted protocols and that casework is properly conducted with other responsible units. Must have skill in oral and written communications to provide clear information regarding results of analysis and to convey opinions and findings effectively. Knowledge of legal procedures and rules of evidence in order to handle evidence appropriately and provide effective testimony. Knowledge of regulations, guidelines, and procedures, including security requirements and legal restrictions within a forensic laboratory setting in order to effectively carry out necessary administrative functions. Specialized Requirements: (1) Must successfully complete and pass the FBI Laboratory/TEDAC training requirements. ( 2) Must successfully complete an FBI competency test within the time period as set forth by the FBI Laboratory/TEDAC program. At a minimum, the competency test will include: Examination of sufficient unknown samples to cover the anticipated spectrum of job duties and evaluation of his/her ability to perform suitable testing methods; completing an FBI 7-1 form, Report of Examination, to appropriately convey results and/or conclusion and their significance; and a written or oral examination to assess his/her knowledge of the discipline, category of testing, or task being performed. An active or reinstatable TOP SECRET (TS) security clearance is required for this position.
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