Dulles Airport, Virginia
Mar 27, 2017
May 31, 2017
Full Time

The United States Postal Service ("USPS") is an independent government agency that relies on postage and fees to fund operations. Each day the Postal Service receives and delivers over 680 million pieces of mail to more than 152 million addresses. Employing more than 500,000 employees, the USPS services over 8 million customers daily at nearly 30,000 post offices. In addition, mail is collected from over 280,000 points - including street mailboxes - across the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, the American Virgin Islands and American Samoa. Though the USPS has a monopoly on delivering non-urgent letters, the USPS faces competition for services such as package delivery.

Come join the U.S. Postal Service! Conducts forensic analyses to develop and identify latent prints utilizing appropriate scientific methodologies, forensic techniques, and quality assurance practices in support of criminal and administrative investigations.

NOTE: The closing date of this announcement was recently extended. If you have previously applied you will receive consideration, and there is no need to resubmit application materials.

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

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  1. Ability to communicate orally and in writing in order to prepare reports of examination results and conclusions, and provide testimony as an expert witness before state, federal or other judicial bodies.
  2. Ability to provide training related to laboratory services, evidence collection, and field examination.
  3. Ability to conduct and document scientific research related to latent print examinations.
  4. Skill in the use of magnifiers and digital / optical enhancement instrumentation.
  5. Knowledge of forensic science techniques, laboratory protocols, scientific methodologies, quality assurance standards and latent print examination procedures sufficient to conduct detailed and complex analyses and interpretation of the value of evidentiary items.
  6. Ability to render conclusions/opinions and make recommendations based on scientific practices of recognition, collection, and interpretation of physical evidence related to latent print examinations.
  7. Knowledge of evidence collection, preservation, packaging and shipment procedures sufficient to serve as a technical advisor in such matters and to ensure evidence handling requirements are met.

EDUCATION/ CERTIFICATION: Applicants must possess the following degree and professional certification.

  1. A Bachelor's degree in forensic science, physical or biological sciences, life sciences, chemistry or a closely related field from a college or university accredited by a national or regional accreditation organization recognized and sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Education.
  2. The International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Latent Print Examiner certification. NOTE: Employees in the Forensics Latent Print Analyst Sr position prior to April 4, 2015 are exempt from this requirement.

Sensitive Clearance requires a background investigation, a criminal records check, and proof of US citizenship. Qualified applicant must successfully pass a drug screen to meet the Inspection Service's requirement.

SPECIAL CONDITION: Willingness to undergo mandatory periodic health examinations and blood tests. Willingness to respond to emergency situations utilizing the most expeditious means. Willingness to work long hours and irregular schedules are both which may include considerable travel.


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