PAE, Inc Principal Latent Print Examiner in Charlottesville, Virginia

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Principal Latent Print Examiner

This is a contingent position.

PAE is currently seeking Principal Forensic Latent Print Examiners based in Charlottesville, VA. May be required to travel OCONUS (as needed). Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Duties may be executed in a CONUS or OCONUS laboratory and include performing analyses of samples that have been collected

  • Understanding of basic fingerprint collection and examination concepts

  • Follow methods to support expansion of laboratory capabilities

  • Follow and properly use Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

  • Photograph all items to document the original condition upon receipt

  • Perform analysis techniques to determine the existence of latent prints, and identify, mark, photograph, determine suitability, submit, and perform comparisons

  • Process evidence to determine the presence of latent fingerprints using any documented wet and dry laboratory process at their location. Processing methods include, but are not limited to, Cyanoacrylate fuming, sticky side paste, and dyes

  • Examine evidence for latent prints using all means available, including, specialized lighting sources, conditions, and magnification. All latent prints discovered shall be marked in a non-destructive manner.

  • Examine the photographic image and determine whether the print has sufficient quality to make a comparison

  • Examine and compare latent prints to known prints

  • Annotate the case file documentation, detailing the processing techniques and the examination results

  • Perform administrative and/or technical reviews of reports and worksheets

  • Understanding and knowledge of AFIS, ABIS, and/or other National databases

  • Provide technical support involving research and development and method development efforts (including laboratory work as needed)

  • Support or develop experimental designs and test plans and participate and/or lead the execution of these

  • Collect potential fingerprint samples from materials using approved procedures designed to minimize the possibility of sample contamination

  • All samples shall be properly packaged, marked and stored in preparation for extraction

  • Ensure a proper chain-of-custody for all materials and samples is maintained

  • Train junior examiners

  • Supervise junior examiners

  • Maintain a clean laboratory and personal workspace environment, in accordance with laboratory procedures

  • Must possess, at a minimum, intermediate computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project and Outlook

Required Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. coupled with 5 years directly relatable experience

  • 10 years of experience working in the Intelligence Community (IC) environment

  • Professional Certification by the International Association of Identification (IAI)

  • Must be able to successfully pass all medical requirements for deployment, as needed

  • Must be able to successfully pass a skills assessment

  • Currently have an active DoD Secret security clearance

  • U.S. citizenship

  • Eligible for both US Tourist Passport and US Official Passport

Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working in a forensic laboratory

  • Deployment experience in an analytical/operational environment

  • An active DoD security clearance – Top Secret w/ SCI eligibility or TS/SCI

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), should you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a currently open position with PAE, please call Recruiting at (703) 656-6064 or email with "Disability Assistance" in the subject line.

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