Forensic Laboratory Specialist II – Toxicology – Central Laboratory

FORENSIC LABORATORY SPECIALIST II
Toxicology Section
Position #CF563
Salary: $25,718 – $66,683 (Expected hiring rate is in the lower bottom third of the range)
Location: Richmond, VA

The Department of Forensic Science is seeking a qualified applicant to assist the Toxicology section of the Central Laboratory. Employee will perform routine laboratory housekeeping duties, to include cleaning glassware, ordering and maintaining supply inventories, replacing gas cylinders, inputting data and assisting in the quality assurance/control program as directed. Employee may independently analyze evidence using wet chemistry techniques, immunoassay, and gas chromatography; inventory and preserve evidence; maintain chain-of-custody documentation; appropriately document analytical tasks performed and other observations; provide court testimony as needed on matters related to evidence custody and/or lab techniques; and assist Toxicologists and Forensic Scientists on selected procedures as directed. Employee will provide own transportation as required.

Minimum qualifications:
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Familiarity with a scientific laboratory environment, including standard laboratory equipment (i.e., balances, pipettes and glassware) and safety procedures
• 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 preparing solutions and reagents and handling biological fluids
• Experience in the use of mass spectrometry, liquid chromatography, and/or liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry
• Experience working in a laboratory environment performing qualitative and quantitative alcohol or drug testing
• Experience operating and maintaining laboratory instrumentation
• Experience with computers in a laboratory environment including proficiency in Microsoft Excel

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 October 30, 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 Laboratory Specialist II – Toxicology – Eastern Laboratory

FORENSIC LABORATORY SPECIALIST II
Toxicology Section
Position # WF165
Hourly Rate: $15.00
PART TIME – NO BENEFITS
(Average of 29 hours per week, not to exceed 1,500 hours annually)

Grant Funding is approved through September 30, 2019

Location: Norfolk, VA

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 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 October 30, 2018. 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 – Digital & Multimedia Evidence – Central Laboratory

FORENSIC SCIENTIST
Digital & Multimedia Evidence Section
Position #CF449
Salary: $52,676 – $88,123
Location: Richmond, Virginia

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science is seeking a qualified candidate to perform Digital & Multimedia evidence analyses, with a focus on computer, mobile, and data storage device analysis, at the Central Regional Laboratory, located in Richmond, Virginia. The candidate will receive and process forensic evidence; independently perform analyses; use knowledge of methodologies, techniques and instrumentation related to electronic information stored on a variety of computer, mobile, and data storage devices; interpret results and prepare reports of findings for use by the Criminal Justice System; prepare court exhibits and testify in court as an expert witness. Forensic Scientists working in this position will encounter data containing sensitive or explicit content. Occasional overnight travel is required and employee will provide own transportation as required.

To be considered qualified, candidates must have completed a documented training program and/or demonstration of competency in at least one of the Digital & Multimedia sub-disciplines:

1. Computer device analysis or
2. Mobile device analysis

The documented training program and/or demonstration of competency can consist of relevant academic coursework, internal or external training courses, and competency tests, but must meet the Virginia Department of Forensic Science’s training requirements for the candidate to be considered qualified. Records documenting the successfully completed coursework, training or testing will be requested.

Candidates who qualify in only one sub-discipline will be required to successfully complete an in-house training program in their unqualified sub-discipline.

Required Qualifications:

• Baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited four-year college/university
• Completion of a documented training program and/or demonstration of competency in computer device analysis and/or mobile device analysis
• Knowledge of the basic principles of digital & multimedia evidence acquisition and analysis
• Professional work experience conducting digital forensic examinations of computer, mobile, and/or data storage devices and their associated electronically stored information
• Ability to work independently, set priorities, work efficiently, keep accurate records, effectively communicate (verbally and in writing) in a clear and concise manner, and defend scientific findings in court
• Ability to accurately perform analysis and interpret data and develop conclusions

Preferred Qualifications:

• Digital forensic certification (e.g. computer, mobile) by an international association
• Experience working in an accredited forensic science laboratory and/or familiarity with ANAB / ASCLD/LAB-International accreditation criteria
• Ability to explain technical concepts in a manner that is simple, concise and accessible to all levels of technical understanding
• Experience providing expert witness testimony in courts of law and knowledge of criminal court procedures and rules of evidence
• Experience examining data storage media including hard disk drives (HDD), solid-state drives (SSD), RAID arrays, optical discs, and flash memory
• Knowledge of and experience with mobile device repair and current data acquisition methods including automated hardware/software, custom recovery, JTAG, In-System Programming (ISP), and chip-off
• Experience implementing or mitigating information security measures (i.e. encryption and password-protection)
• Experience distinguishing between user-generated and system-generated data
• Experience searching raw binary data for known or unknown data structures and file content
• Experience parsing encoded data, SQLite and Extensible Storage Engine (ESE) databases, application and system logs, and Registry hives and Property List (plist) files
• Experience with the use of X-Ways Forensics, Cellebrite UFED Ultimate and Physical Analyzer, and Microsoft Excel

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

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

If a fully qualified candidate cannot be found, a Forensic Scientist trainee position may be offered at a salary of $44,472. Candidate will be expected to successfully complete a digital & multimedia evidence analysis training program that includes courtroom testimony as an expert witness, performing imaging procedures and operation of analytical instrumentation. The Trainee must meet the educational requirements stated in the qualifications.

Applicants must apply electronically using the State of Virginia’s Recruitment Management System (RMS) by October 28, 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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