Forensic Laboratory Specialist II – Toxicology – Eastern Laboratory

FORENSIC LABORATORY SPECIALIST II
Toxicology Section
Position # WF165
Hourly Rate: $15.00
Location: Norfolk, VA

PART TIME, MAXIMUM OF 29 HOURS PER WEEK/NO BENEFITS

Grant Funding is approved through September 30, 2018

The Department of Forensic Science is seeking a qualified applicant to work part-time assisting the Toxicology section of the Eastern Regional Laboratory. Duties of the position include: Assist Forensic Scientists in the preparation of Certificates of Analysis (CoAs), assist with evidence accessioning and provide overall administrative support to include scanning, copying, filing data and distributing CoAs to agency customers.

Required qualifications:
• High school diploma or equivalent with courses in math and science and college-level courses in chemistry, biochemistry, or other closely related scientific area;
• Experience preparing solutions and reagents for use in a laboratory setting
• Familiarity with a scientific laboratory environment, including standard laboratory equipment and safety procedures
• Proficiency in MS Office Suite programs
• Valid driver’s license or other means of reliable transportation

Preferred qualifications:
• BS degree in chemistry, biochemistry or other closely related scientific field with sufficient chemistry courses
• Experience working in a laboratory environment performing chemical analysis and operating and maintaining laboratory instrumentation
• Experience with gas chromatography, handling biological fluids and working in a forensic or clinical toxicology laboratory
• Experience using computers in a laboratory environment

SELECTED CANDIDATE MUST PROVIDE A DNA SAMPLE VIA A BUCCAL SWAB (SALIVA SAMPLE), BE FINGERPRINTED, DRUG TESTED AND PASS A BACKGROUND SECURITY CHECK

Applicants must apply electronically using the State of Virginia’s Recruitment Management System (RMS) by December 29, 2017. The RMS can be accessed using the link: https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com. Contact Julie Smith at (804)588-4053 for assistance.

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Forensic Laboratory Specialist II – Technical Services – Central Laboratory

FORENSIC LABORATORY SPECIALIST II

Division of Technical Services

Position #WF164

Hourly Rate: $12.36 – $32.06  (Expected hiring rate is in the bottom third of the range)

Location: Richmond, VA

PART TIME – NO BENEFITS

GRANT-FUNDED: APPROXIMATELY 24-26 HOURS PER WEEK FOR UP TO 2 YEARS

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science’s Division of Technical Services is seeking a qualified applicant to work part-time assisting the Forensic Molecular Biologist in the preparation of samples for testing in the laboratory which will include setting up a dilution series of samples containing male DNA. Duties include:  extracting the DNA from test samples, provide measurement of male DNA, typing DNA to determine DNA profile and quality of DNA profile, generate data to determine male DNA quantitative level and successfully generate DNA profiles that can be interpreted.

Required qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent with courses in math and science
  • Experience working in a scientific laboratory environment using basic laboratory equipment, techniques, and safety procedures
  • General knowledge of the theory and application of the science relating to the preservation and analysis of crime scene evidence
  • Ability to accurately record and maintain records, follow written protocols and oral instructions, establish work priorities, adhere to laboratory safety policies, analyze and interpret data and develop sound conclusions, manage time efficiently and effectively, and work independently
  • Valid driver’s license and/or other means of reliable transportation.

Preferred qualifications:

  • College degree in biology or a related scientific field
  • Experience handling human physiological fluids
  • Experience using the PCR amplification process
  • Experience using computers in a laboratory environment

Selected candidate must provide a DNA sample via a buccal swab (saliva sample), be fingerprinted, drug tested, and pass a background security check

Applicants must apply electronically using the State of Virginia’s Recruitment Management System (RMS) by December 27, 2017. The RMS can be accessed using the link: https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com. Contact Jennifer Cooke at (804) 588-4008 for assistance.

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Forensic Scientist – Firearms & Toolmarks – Northern Laboratory

FORENSIC SCIENTIST
Firearms & Toolmarks
Position CF547
Salary: $55,310 – $92,529
Location: Manassas, VA

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science is seeking a qualified applicant to serve as a Firearms & Toolmarks examiner in the Northern Regional Laboratory, located in Manassas, Virginia. The Forensic Scientist is responsible to examine, compare and evaluate a wide variety of items such as various firearms, unfired ammunition, fired components, clothing, tools and objects bearing toolmarks. Testify in courts of law as experts on examinations performed. Work with examiners, officials and law enforcement personnel during analytical examinations to support criminal investigations. Job requires some travel.

Required qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university
• Experience as a Forensic Scientist qualified in firearm & toolmark examinations
• Experience testifying in court as an expert in the field
• Successful completion of a documented training program and/or demonstration of competency
• Ability to work independently, set priorities and work efficiently, keep accurate records, accurately analyze, interpret data and develop conclusions
• Ability to precisely explain and defend scientific results both verbally and in writing
• Knowledge of laboratory safety and QA/QC procedures
• Valid driver’s license and/or other means of reliable transportation

Preferred qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited four-year college or university in forensic science, natural science and/or physical science
• Experience using the NIBIN network
• Membership in and/or certification by AFTE
• Experience working in an accredited forensic science laboratory
• Familiarity with ASCLD/LAB accreditation criteria

If a fully qualified candidate cannot be found, the position will be filled as a Forensic Scientist Trainee at a salary of $46,696. The training will last approximately 24 months, dependent upon the qualifications of the successful candidate.

Selected candidates must provide a DNA sample via a buccal swab (saliva sample), be fingerprinted, drug tested, and pass a security background check

This position requires a 24-month probationary period. If you are a current Commonwealth of Virginia employee, this position requires a new probationary period be served.

Applicants must apply electronically using the State of Virginia’s Recruitment Management System (RMS) by December 29, 2017. The RMS can be accessed using the link: https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com. Contact Julie Smith at (804)588-4053 for assistance.

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Forensic Laboratory Specialist II – Controlled Substances – Central Laboratory

FORENSIC LABORATORY SPECIALIST II

Controlled Substances Section

Position WF098

Hourly Rate: $12.36 – $32.06 (Expected hiring rate is in the bottom third of the range)

Location: Richmond

PART TIME, MAXIMUM OF 29 HOURS PER WEEK ON AVERAGE OF A 12 MONTH PERIOD

NO BENEFITS

The Department of Forensic Science is seeking a qualified applicant to work part-time assisting the Controlled Substances section in the Central Laboratory by performing routine maintenance and minor repair of laboratory equipment; preparing reagents; maintaining inventory of reagents, supplies, and materials; performing and documenting QA procedures; and handling routine laboratory maintenance duties such as cleaning glassware and waste disposal. Position will receive, document, transfer and maintain a secure chain of custody on evidence in order to ensure the evidentiary value is preserved and intact.

Required qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED with courses in math and science
  • Experience working in a scientific laboratory environment performing qualitative and quantitative analyses, preparing solutions and reagents, and operating and maintaining laboratory instruments to include the maintenance and use of an analytical balance
  • Oral and written communications skills
  • Valid driver’s license and/or other means of reliable transportation

Preferred qualifications:

  • College degree in chemistry or a related scientific field
  • Work experience in an accredited forensic science laboratory

Selected candidate must provide a DNA sample via a buccal swab (saliva sample), be fingerprinted, drug tested and pass a background security check

Applicants must apply electronically using the State of Virginia’s Recruitment Management System (RMS) by December 21, 2017. The RMS can be accessed using the link: https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com. Contact Jennifer Cooke at (804)588-4008 for assistance.

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Forensic Toxicologist – Northern Laboratory

FORENSIC TOXICOLOGIST
Position CF644
Salary: $85,346 – $108,926
Location: Manassas

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science Northern Laboratory in Manassas, VA is seeking a qualified Forensic Toxicologist to perform postmortem and human performance toxicology testing and provide testimony about the effects of alcohol and/or drugs on human performance and behavior. The candidate will independently analyze human fluids and tissues in postmortem, DUI/D and other criminal cases using chemical and instrumental methodologies, critically evaluate data, prepare Certificates of Analysis, and interpret and defend results in courts of law. Frequent travel, occasionally overnight, is required and employee will provide own transportation as required.

Required Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in toxicology, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology or closely related scientific field with either sufficient toxicology courses or experience in forensic toxicological analyses (Applications will be considered from individuals who will receive their Ph.D. within approximately 3 months of filing their application. Before employment can be considered, verification of the degree, or confirmation from the graduate program of expected completion of the degree, is required. The selected candidate must have been awarded the degree by the start of employment)
• Employment experience in a forensic toxicology laboratory, to include successful completion of a documented training program and/or demonstration of competency
• Independent knowledge of the theoretical principles and applications of instrumentation and methodologies used to analyze specimens submitted to the laboratory
• Documented training and demonstrated knowledge to the effects of alcohol and drugs on human performance and behavior
• Professional experience using basic laboratory equipment and analytical instrumentation (i.e. immunoassay, HPLC, GC/MS, GC/FID, GC/NPD and LC/MS/MS) to identify alcohol and/or drugs in biological samples
• Courtroom testimony as an expert witness in forensic toxicology
• Ability to work independently, set priorities, work efficiently, keep accurate records, accurately analyze samples, correctly interpret data and develop reasonable conclusions
• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
• Knowledge of laboratory safety and quality assurance/quality control procedures
• A valid driver’s license and/or other means of reliable transportation

Preferred Qualifications:
• Certification or eligibility for certification as a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology
• Experience in forensic related teaching/training

In the event a fully qualified Forensic Toxicologist candidate cannot be employed, a trainee position may be offered to the most suited candidate with a starting salary of $72,105. Upon successful completion of training, the trainee’s salary will be established within the salary range for a qualified Forensic Toxicologist. The training will last approximately 18 months, dependent upon the qualifications of the selected candidate. The trainee candidate must meet the educational requirements stated in the qualifications. Preferred qualifications include experience working in a clinical/forensic toxicology laboratory.

Selected candidates must provide a DNA sample via a buccal swab (saliva sample), be fingerprinted, drug tested and pass a security background check

This position requires an 18-month probationary period. If you are a current Commonwealth of Virginia employee, this position requires a new probationary period be served.

Applicants must apply electronically using the State of Virginia’s Recruitment Management System (RMS) by January 3, 2018. The RMS can be accessed using the link: https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com. Contact Julie Smith at (804)588-4053 for assistance.

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Forensic Scientist – Controlled Substances – Northern Laboratory

Forensic Scientist
Controlled Substances
Position CF009
Salary: $55,310 – $92,529
Location: Manassas

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science is seeking a qualified individual to perform forensic chemical analyses of suspected controlled substances in the Northern Regional Laboratory located in Manassas. The successful candidate will: 1) use current state-of-the-art methodologies and instrumentation to analyze controlled substances; 2) prepare Certificates of Analyses on findings for use by the criminal justice system; and 3) testify in court as a qualified expert for the Commonwealth at criminal proceedings as to the results of laboratory findings and perform other duties assigned. Position requires occasional overnight travel. Employee will provide own transportation as required.

Minimum Qualifications:
• A Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or other related science with sufficient chemistry courses (minimally, general, organic and analytical)
• Successful completion of a formal documented casework training program from an accredited forensic laboratory in forensic drug analysis and/or demonstration of competency
• Work experience in forensic drug analysis
• Knowledge of basic theoretical principles and applications of the instrumentation and methodologies used to analyze controlled substances (e.g., Color Tests, TLC, GC, GC/MS, FTIR)
• Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures; quality assurance/quality control and laboratory practices; instrumental analysis and experience in forensic drug analysis required
• Must be able to analyze data, develop sound conclusions, maintain accurate records, and analyze, and solve technical problems
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
• Valid driver’s license required

Preferred Qualifications:
• An advanced degree in a related scientific field
• Work experience presenting testimony in a court of law as an expert witness
• Work experience in an accredited forensic science laboratory

If a fully qualified Forensic Scientist candidate cannot be found, the position will be filled as a Forensic Scientist Trainee at a salary of $46,696. The training will last approximately 9 to 12 months, dependent upon the qualifications of the successful candidate. The Trainee must meet the minimum degree and course qualifications listed above.

Selected candidates must provide a DNA sample via a buccal swab (saliva sample), be fingerprinted, drug tested, and pass a security background check

Commonwealth of Virginia state employees must serve a new probationary period.

Applicants must apply electronically using the State of Virginia’s Recruitment Management System (RMS) by December 29, 2017. The RMS can be accessed using the link: https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com. Contact Julie Smith at (804)588-4053 for assistance.

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Latent Prints Section Supervisor – Central Laboratory

LATENT PRINTS SECTION SUPERVISOR
Position CF384
Salary: $88,599 – $113,077
Richmond, VA

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science, Central Laboratory, is seeking a qualified individual to supervise technical staff and the day-to-day operations of the Latent Prints Section, to include management of the section’s backlog and compliance with accreditation standards, as well as state and Department policies and procedures. In addition, the Section Supervisor will independently perform comprehensive scientific analyses on a diversity of evidence submitted by law enforcement agencies; to recover and examine latent finger, palm and foot prints for identification purposes using state-of-the-art knowledge of methodologies, techniques and instrumentation related to the analysis of latent prints. Other duties include: preparing reports of findings for use by the criminal justice system and testifying in court as an expert witness; communicating with medical and legal officials concerning testing procedures, results, and conclusions; and instructing law enforcement officials on the handling of evidence. Requires some travel.

Required qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university
• Successful completion of a documented forensic scientist latent print training program and demonstration of competency in the examination of latent finger, foot and palm prints
• Significant experience as a Forensic Scientist qualified in Latent Prints examinations
• Knowledge and skill in fingerprint pattern recognition, comparing latent prints with known finger, foot, and palm prints, developing latent prints on physical evidence, and obtaining prints from bodies
• Experience using basic laboratory equipment and analytical instrumentation
• Work experience with courtroom testimony as a latent prints expert and skill in preparing exhibits of evidence
• Ability to communicate effectively in a clear and concise manner, both verbally and in writing, and defend scientific findings in court
• Knowledge of laboratory safety and QA/QC procedures
• Familiarity with ASCLD/LAB accreditation criteria
• Ability to maintain accurate records, analyze and interpret data, manage multiple tasks efficiently, establish work priorities, and develop sound conclusions from analyses
• Must be eligible to possess a valid driver’s license or have other means of reliable transportation

Preferred qualifications:
• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in forensic science, natural science and/or physical science
• Certification as a Latent Print Examiner by the International Association for Identification (IAI)
• Knowledge and skill in tire and footwear impressions pattern recognition and analysis
• Work experience using systems such as AFIS and/or NGI
• Work experience using the Mideo Systems Latent Works software and conducting on-screen comparisons of latent prints to known exemplars
• Experience in latent print photography, including technical experience with filters, light sources, and Adobe Photoshop
• Supervisory experience with technical staff to include performance management and effective conflict resolution
• Work experience in an accredited forensic science laboratory
• Experience in forensic related teaching/training

Selected candidates must provide a DNA sample via a buccal swab (saliva sample), be fingerprinted, drug tested and pass a security background check

Applicants must apply electronically using the State of Virginia’s Recruitment Management System (RMS) by December 19, 2017. The RMS can be accessed using the link: https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com. Contact Julie Smith at (804)588-4053 for assistance.

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