Physical Scientists - Trace Evidence
PURPOSE: To move evidence submissions received among multiple technical specialty units within a laboratory and other facilities. To assist in reviewing and evaluating incoming evidence submissions to help determine the nature and extent of examination requests and assist in assigning specific scientific disciplines to conduct necessary analyses. To provide routine support and may receive training in explosives handling, reconstruction, and testing.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Receives, inventories, maintains chain-of-custody, prepares detailed paperwork pertaining to evidence and submitted items. May photograph evidence. Assists in reviewing and evaluating incoming evidence submissions to determine the nature and extent of examination requests and to help assign specific scientific disciplines to conduct necessary analyses.
Ensures each piece of evidence is accounted for, tracked, and transferred among various technical specialties as required to facilitate examinations.
Receives training in the proper classification and identification of evidence to meet the standards of a forensic laboratory and the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) community. Receives training regarding evidence processing procedures and understanding of the complexities and difficulties that may be encountered during the processing and analysis of the evidence.
OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:
May handle dangerous materials, such as explosives. May operate tools and heavy equipment after receiving appropriate training. Provides routine support and receives training as necessary to assist in research studies, explosives reconstruction, testing, and/or related projects. Respond to inquiries pertaining to examinations.
Receives training in forensic techniques and evidence handling procedures to become oriented to the laboratory environment and protocols.
Bachelor's degree in Science, Criminal Justice or related discipline from an accredited university/college with a minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours in physical or life sciences (chemistry, biology, geology, etc.). Prefer one (1) year recent experience working as an Evidence Control Technician in an accredited laboratory. For three of the five 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 a basic understanding of the principles, theories, concepts and practices of physical science. Must have the ability to communicate orally and in writing and possess functional knowledge of the characteristics and use of scientific equipment, instrumentation, and tools used to gather reliable data. Must have the ability to gain knowledge of scientific and administrative procedures and knowledge of safety practices within a laboratory environment. Requires the skills to understand the policies and procedures used in the performance of work in order to handle unusual situations. Must possess a valid driver’s license for the state in which he/she resides. Must be able to drive and operate a forklift and other warehouse equipments. Must be able to lift and carry items weighing approximately 25 pounds. Must have current or reinstatable Top Secret (TS) security clearance required for this position.
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