Forensic Scientist II/Latent Evidence- Triad Lab

Department of Justice, NC

Description of WorkTHE STARTING SALARY FOR A NEW HIRE TO THIS POSITION IS LIMITED TO THE RECRUITMENT RANGE OF  $ 46,203  to $ 63, 552. Salary offers are based upon the candidate’s education and experience related to the position, as well as departmental budget and equity considerations.

The North Carolina Department of Justice, led by the Attorney General of North Carolina, represents the State of North Carolina in court and provides legal advice and representation to most state government departments, agencies, officers, and commissions. The Department also represents the State in criminal appeals from state trial courts, and brings legal actions on behalf of the state and its citizens when the public interest is at stake.

The primary purpose of a Forensic Scientist II is to perform highly specialized and complex analytical work in the field of latent print analysis. This case work entails fingerprint, palmprint and barefoot impressions, footwear and tire tread analysis. This position analyzes any evidence for the presence of latent impressions originating from fingers, palms, or feet. The analyst must be able to conduct these complex analyses using all methods approved by the section.

Meet a Forensic Scientist from the Latent Evidence Section


Technical Field Assistance – The analyst may be called upon to process major crime scene for the presence of latent print impressions, footwear impressions and tire track impressions.
Identification of Unknown Deceased – Some casework involves the identification of unknown deceased individuals through the use of friction ridge formations on the fingers, palms, or soles of the feet.
First Responder to Disaster Scenes – The Latent Evidence Section is, most of the time, one of the first responders to major disaster scenes in the state. These disaster scenes are always biological or chemical in nature. Disasters responded to include fires, floods, plane crashes, etc. in which loss of life has occurred

COLLATERAL DUTIES- Forensic Scientists help to maintain the laboratory equipment and instrumentation and may perform repairs. Forensic Scientists, using current SOPs, prepare chemical reagents and solvents, and perform and document quality control tests on chemical reagents, solvents, equipment, and instrumentation. The Forensic Scientist is responsible for collecting data for various administrative reports.

COURT TESTIMONY and COMMUNICATION-The Forensic Scientist must testify in state and federal courts as to his/her analysis of the evidence.
Selected candidate will undergo and must successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation which may take several months to complete. The background investigation includes: credit and arrest checks; interviews with associates, personal and business references, past employers and neighbors; verification of education achievement, and urinalysis drug screening and polygraph.
Out of state applicants: This may require the applicant to return to the State of North Carolina multiple times at his or her own expense after the initial interview, in order to undergo the background investigation process.
In accordance with N.C. Gen. Stat. Sec. 126-1.1( c), effective July 11, 2016, employees who are hired by a State agency, department or university in a sworn law enforcement position or forensic scientist position and who are required to complete a formal training program prior to assuming law enforcement or forensic scientist duties with the hiring agency, department or university shall become career State employees only after being employed by the agency, department or university for 24 continuous months .
Employees who transfer into forensic scientist positions from other positions within N.C. State government and are currently Career State employees will be required to complete a probationary period of 24 additional months.
In accordance with Section 17.5 of Senate Bill 402, The Department of Justice shall not hire sworn personnel to fill vacant positions in the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory. Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the termination of sworn personnel, but as vacant positions in the State Laboratory are filled, they shall be filled only with non sworn personnel. Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect North Carolina State Crime Laboratory personnel who are sworn and employed by the Laboratory as of the effective date of this section and who continue to meet the sworn status retention standards mandated by the NC Criminal Justice Education and Standards Commission.
Transcripts are required at the time of application. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.  Foreign degrees require an official evaluation for U.S. equivalency to be provided at the time of application.**
This position requires travel to testify in court.

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) with State Benefits.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies1. Employees must have an advanced knowledge of the principles, concepts theories, reference sources and laboratory practices involved with the forensic examination of evidence.
2. Employees must have an advanced knowledge of criminal law and of the rules and regulations regarding evidence gathering and handling.
3. Employees must have an advanced knowledge of scientific methodology and of laboratory safety practices.
4. Ability to perform and record complex standardized and non-standardized laboratory tests and procedures.
5. Ability to analyze results, and interpret methodology and to understand and solve theoretical problems.
6. Ability to express technical information clearly both orally and in writing when reporting results, testifying or explaining procedures to others.
7. Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.
8. Ability to perceive colors normally and make olfactory distinctions.
9. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements Latent Evidence Bachelor’s degree with a major in forensic science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physical science, criminal justice or closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of experience performing bench level analysis in latent evidence; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Necessary Special Requirement Must obtain individual certification consistent with international and International Standards Organization standards within eighteen months of the date the analyst becomes eligible to seek certification according to the standards of the certifying entity.

Management preferences: Four Years of previous experience in Latent Evidence Examination, experience using Forensic Advantage (FA), and professional certification in the field of Latent Print Examination.

Supplemental and Contact InformationComputer literacy is an important component of all DOJ jobs, we encourage you to apply electronically. All applicants must complete and submit a State application for employment using the NEOGOV Online Job Application System ( for the State of North Carolina.

To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the online application form. Any information not included on the application form cannot be considered for qualifying credit. Embedded or attached resumes are not accepted as a substitution for a completed application.

Credit for foreign degrees will only be given if verification of degree certification is attached.  Transcripts for foreign degrees have to be evaluated by an organization like World Education Services to determine US equivalency.

Any licenses or certificates must be included in the appropriate section of the application form.
Applicants seeking Veteran’s Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 or discharge orders.

The NC Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The NC Department of Justice uses Merit-Based Recruitment to select from among the most qualified applicants to fill positions subject to the State Human Resources Act. Once the position has been filled, all on-line applicants will be notified via the e-mail provided at the time of application.

NC Department of Justice
Human Resources Office
Lisa Sasser, Recruitment Specialist
114 W. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

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