Opened from 5/3/2017 to 5/10/2017

An Alum has told us about 9 Latent Print Examiner open positions with the federal government . These are being hired at the GS09 level (entry level) but are progressive to a GS13 with successful work


As a Physical Scientist (Forensic Latent Print Examiner), you will be responsible for the following:

  • Maintains integrity of evidence and material received for examination. Conduct scientific examinations on criminal evidence which is usually fragmentary or imperfect to develop latent prints (finger prints, palm prints and footprints) and other types of impression evidence.
  • Conduct comparisons of latent prints with known (Record/Inked) finger, palm and/or foot prints and other instruments associated with criminal cases for the purpose of making identifications or elimination.
  • Assist and train special agents, military police investigators, military police and other military units on proper forensic techniques for processing, collection, preservation, and packaging of evidence, and laboratory capabilities available to them.
  • Use chemical, physical and instrumental techniques, i.e. Automated Digital Image Processing Systems (ADIPS), Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS), and Alternate Light Sources.
  • Process physical evidence as an expert forensic latent print examiner. Writes a report detailing observations, results of tests and conclusions.


In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below.  Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.  Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Basic Requirements: A degree in physical sciences, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
A combination of education and experience – course work equivalent to a major as shown above, including at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Experience required: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social).  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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