1320-0021 Forensic Analyst

Reston, Virginia
Nov 28, 2021
Nov 30, 2021
Full Time

  • Conducts detailed and complex forensic examinations by evaluating and utilizing appropriate scientific methodologies that include a variety of instrumental, chemical, physical, electronic, and/or microscopic examination techniques.
  • Provides expert witness testimony; develops comprehensive reports and illustrative exhibits for federal, state, and local judicial proceedings at a level sufficient to explain evidence interpretation and conclusions from forensic examinations.
  • Serves as technical advisor in matters relating to the proper collection, preservation, packaging, and submissions of criminal evidence; participates in crime scene evidence collection activities in major field investigations; ensures evidence handling requirements are met.
  • Assists with ongoing evaluation and improvement of laboratory instrumentation and methods, operating protocols, and safety practices; maintains awareness of safety procedures and identifies possible physical conditions and/or laboratory procedures that may create unsafe conditions.
  • Assists with planning and delivery of laboratory services, evidence collection, and field examination training.
  • Designs, develops, and conducts studies and research for improving forensic analyses, scientific methods, and criminal identification procedures.
  • Acts as liaison with postal management and federal, state, and local representatives on technical developments, forensic methods, and investigative problems of common interest.
  • Participates in professional associations and maintains technical resource documentation.

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    The US Postal Inspection Service is seeking to fill one Forensic Analyst position for the analysis of audio and video evidence at the USPIS National Forensic Laboratory in Dulles, VA outside Washington, D.C. This position is with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and is Headquarters/Headquarters-related.

    Duties and qualifications required for the position are available through the link under "How to Apply".

    Come work in an energetic, lively and collegial atmosphere on a wide range of complex, fast-paced, challenging matters.


  • Knowledge of forensic science techniques, laboratory protocols, scientific methodologies, and forensic examination procedures sufficient to conduct detailed and complex analyses and interpret the value of evidentiary items.
  • 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.
  • Ability to conduct research and prepare technical papers for publication and presentation at professional meetings.
  • 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.
  • Ability to provide training related to laboratory services, evidence collection, and field examination.
  • Skill in the use of microscopes and optical enhancement instruments.
  • SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Experience in forensic audio and video examinations and with software platforms: Star Witness, DVR Examiner, and Video Focus.


    Desirable qualifications: Bachelor's Degree.

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