PURPOSE: To perform under immediate supervision, specific, well-defined activities requiring professional or scientific training that are designed to prepare incumbent for examination duties. These activities include processing items of evidence for the presence of hairs, fibers, and conducting examinations regarding cordage and fabric.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Receive and inventory evidence and prepare related notes.
Perform routine analyses and tests related to evidence.
Make minor modifications to standard protocols.
Bachelor's degree in a natural science or a closely related field from an accredited university/college. Entry level position: Zero to two years experience (up to two years); equivalent combination of directly related college level science classes and job related experience may substitute for the bachelor's degree requirement. Prefer one (1) year recent experience working as a Physical Scientist 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. Experience and skill in using laboratory equipment and techniques required. Must have basic knowledge of laboratory safety practices. Must have knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts and practices of biological sciences, chemistry, physical anthropology, textile science or forensic science. Must have knowledge of microscopy and skill in applying established methods and procedures to provide technical information about submitted items of evidence and to suggest minor modifications of methods and procedures to solve problems encountered or to improve the quality of results. Basic knowledge of laboratory scientific and administrative procedures. Knowledge gained from practical experience about the types of examinations performed and the policies, procedures and organizational structure of a laboratory will be viewed favorably. Knowledge of the characteristics and use of scientific equipment, instrumentation and tools used in a laboratory environment to gather reliable data is necessary. Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills. 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; 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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