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    The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is seeking to fill a Forensic Chemist position in the USPIS National Forensic Laboratory in Dulles, VA outside Washington D.C.

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    1. Conducts detailed and complex and sensitive chemical and physical forensic examinations through the application of scientific practices for the recognition, collection, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal and civil law or regulatory purposes utilizing the most appropriate scientific methodologies that include a variety of instrumental, chemical, and physical examination techniques.
    2. Exercises independent discretion and judgment to render conclusions, form opinions and produce reports based on the examination and analysis of evidence and interpretation of scientific observations and data.
    3. Serves as a subject matter expert and technical advisor in matters relating to the proper collection, preservation, packaging, and submission of criminal evidence; participates in crime scene evidence collection activities in major field investigations; ensures evidence handling requirements are met.
    4. Provides interpretations, conclusions and opinions through expert witness testimony; produces 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 and scientific data to a lay audience.
    5. Assists with ongoing evaluation and validation 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.
    6. Assists with planning and delivery of laboratory services, evidence collection, and field examination training.
    7. Designs, develops, and conducts studies and research for improving forensic analyses, scientific methods, and criminal identification procedures.
    8. Acts as liaison with postal management and federal, state, and local representatives on technical developments, forensic methods, and investigative problems of common interest.
    9. Participates in professional associations; maintains technical resource documentation.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    2 - W2-02.

  • Job family (Series)

    1320 Chemistry

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