Crime Lab Forensic Scientist

The MNPD Crime Laboratory Forensic Scientist 2 – Latent Print Unit shall be directly accountable to the MNPD Crime Laboratory Forensic Scientist Supervisor – Latent Print Unit for laboratory analyses and related duties. Must be willing and able to work overtime, holidays, and weekends as needed.

Typical Duties:

  • Applies physical science to aid in the investigation of crimes
  • Analyzes and compares latent evidence to determine source
  • Maintains and demonstrates efficiency in the field of friction ridge examination
  • Appears in court as an expert witness
  • Assists with the training of forensic technicians and less experienced examiners
  • Aids in the investigation of crimes as related to latent evidence analysis
  • Generates detailed documentation of evidence, scientific testing, and formal reports
  • Performs friction ridge analysis and comparisons
  • Examines physical evidence using scientific methods, various instruments and technical software
  • Performs AFIS searches and entries
  • Prepares case files and reports of results and conclusions for court presentations, based on accreditation standards
  • Communicates with law enforcement officials and attorneys by oral and written report
  • Provides expert testimony in court
  • Follows laboratory procedures, quality control, quality assurance, safety and security guidelines
  • Assists unit supervisor with writing forensic procedures, quality manual, and safety and security procedures based on accreditation and SWGFAST guidelines
  • Represents unit at meetings, conferences, and training seminars
  • Acts as a unit training officer when requested
  • May perform chemical and analytical tests on evidence
  • Reviews current scientific literature, keeping training materials updated
  • Works on special projects, prepares reports, and presents information when requested
  • Follows departmental chain of custody procedures
  • Participates in laboratory case work-up and preparation of displays for court presentations
  • Conducts performance routine maintenance, checks, calibrations, and maintains records on laboratory equipment
  • Enters evidence findings into LIMS and generates LIMS reports on results of lab tests as requested
  • Uses computer programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access for various tasks and maintains knowledge of computers and applicable programs
  • Attends staff meetings
  • Maintains security and safety of laboratory and keeps current with regard to research and technology
  • Maintains knowledge of currently used technologies and procedures through extensive reading of forensic literature and training
  • Maintains education,  proficiency testing, and/or certification in Latent Print discipline as required


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree preferably in a natural science, forensic science, criminalistics, criminal justice or a related field from an accredited College/University, and two (2) years of full-time experience performing latent comparison casework in an accredited laboratory.  Certifications, specific skills, knowledge and related experience may be considered. Valid Operator’s Driver’s License.
Candidates with accreditations earned in a foreign institute are encouraged to apply.
Note:  Per Metro Ordinance No. C094-1078.  All employees of the Metropolitan Government shall be residents of the State of Tennessee or become residents of the state within six (6) months of employment as a prerequisite to employment with the Metropolitan Government.

 Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of ASCLD/LAB – International laboratory standards
  • Knowledge of legal chain of custody
  • Ability to perceive the full range of the color spectrum
  • Knowledge of classification systems
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques used in identifying friction ridge impressions and processing evidence
  • Knowledge of court preparation procedures and rules of evidence
  • Knowledge of current developments, current literature, and sources of information in the field of forensic science
  • Knowledge of recent case decisions in forensic science
  • Knowledge of laws that pertain to the collection, analyses, and preservation of physical evidence
  • Ability to effectively instruct others
  • Ability to monitor compliance with operational, quality, and safety standards set forth by the Metro Nashville Crime Laboratory policies


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