Description of Work
This position is located in the Digital Evidence Section of the State Crime Lab in Raleigh, N.C.
This is managerial, supervisory, administrative and advanced professional work in directing sections responsible for the examination and analysis of forensic evidence. Employees plan, direct, review and evaluate the work of subordinates; approve recommended method and technique changes; research and develop new methodology; and review all reports for accuracy, content and consistency with laboratory standards. Employees normally perform some of the more complex, controversial or advanced casework; review, evaluate and make the final technical decision on the most complex, high profile or controversial cases; operate with nearly complete technical independence; and are recognized as the top technical expert in their discipline of forensic science. Work includes testifying in court or at hearings as a technical expert, conducting consultations and participating in pretrial conferences with prosecutors and defense attorneys, and providing guidance to law enforcement officers in the collection and preservation of document evidence. Employees develop and oversee a law enforcement training program including formal class instruction, demonstrations and laboratory tours. Employees determine which requested crime scenes to investigate and handle and document all evidence under stringent chain of custody rules. Guidelines and references are normally broad and non-specific and include legislation, laws, regulations, general objectives and mission statements. Work may include other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
The primary purpose of this position is to perform analyses of evidence related to the analysis of computers or computer related equipment, surveillance video, or recorded audio for the evidence of the commission of a crime.
This position includes the analysis of distribution of child pornography, recovery of evidence of the sexual exploitation of children on computers, search of computers for evidence such as emails or chats in crimes of violence or threats of violence, forensic analysis of security video recovered from a crime scene or surveillance video recorded by law enforcement personnel, forensic analysis of audio evidence in order to clarify audio which may be recovered at crime scenes or recorded in covert investigations by law enforcement personnel.
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 nonsworn 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.This position requires overtime and on call.
The Forensic Scientist shall be required to obtain individual certification consistent with the international and ISO standards within 18 months of the date the analyst becomes eligible to seek certification according to the standards of the certifying entity. Overtime is required in this position. This position is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act.The Forensic Scientist shall be required to obtain individual certification consistent with international and ISO standards within 18 months of the date the analyst becomes eligible to seek certification according to the standards of the certifying entity
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.
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 12 additional months.
DOJ employees who have already have transcripts on file are not required to submit transcripts. All other applicants must attach transcripts to their submitted application.
DOJ employees who have already have undergone a background investigation for employment are not required to have a background investigations. All other applicants must complete a background investigation.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
Employees must have an advanced knowledge of the principles, concepts, theories, reference sources and laboratory practices involved with the forensic examination of evidence/samples.
Employees must have an advanced knowledge of criminal law and of the rules and regulations regarding evidence gathering and handling.
Employees must have an advanced knowledge of scientific methodology and of laboratory safety practices.
Ability to perform and record complex standardized and non-standardized laboratory tests and procedures.
Ability to analyze results, and interpret methodology and to understand and solve theoretical problems.
Ability to express technical information clearly both orally and in writing when reporting results, testifying or explaining procedures to others.
Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.
Ability to perceive colors normally.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Ability to supervise and evaluate the work of subordinates.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Minimum Education and Experience – Digital Evidence
Bachelor’s degree with a major in computer science, digital forensics, networking, information technology, criminal justice or closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution including coursework in science and eight years of experience performing bench level analysis in digital evidence; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Management preference: Management prefers a degree in computer science, digital forensics or information technology.
Supplemental and Contact Information
Computer 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 new NEOGOV Online Job Application System (http://www.osp.state.nc.us/jobs/) 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. Any licenses or certificates must be included in the appropriate section of the application form. Attached or incorporated resumes will be accepted, but will not be used for qualifying credit. Other attachments will also be accepted, but not used in screening for qualifying credit. Applicants are required to attach a copy of their DD-214 or discharge orders if they wish to obtain veterans preference.