Physical Scientist

Ideal Innovations, Inc., Quantico, VA, US


Highlights: You’ll be… 

  • Joining a dynamic forensics team with many opportunities to grow professionally 
  • Working with other forensic experts in various fields to support the FBI and TEDAC missions 
  • Experiencing a unique opportunity to work with the FBI laboratory 
  • Obtaining some or enhancing your experience working in a fully functional government laboratory working closely with other forensics experts 

Typical Day: 

  • The Physical Scientist spends most of their time in the laboratory processing and analyzing trace evidence. 
  • Since the findings from the analysis can be used in court, analysts must follow strict protocols regarding the custody of evidence, testing procedures, and reporting guidelines. 
  • Every step of the procedure must be notated and reported, which includes when the sample was received, the quality of the sample, the tests performed, and the test results. 
  • Analysts may be called to appear in court as a fact witnesses to verify the findings of a particular trace evidence analysis. 
  • Physical scientists also perform routine maintenance and QC checks on lab equipment.
  • They maintain each piece of equipment, check for damages, and request replacement equipment as needed. 


  • Receive and account for boxes of evidence and related materials. 
  • Visually inspect and process evidence and related materials for trace evidence; photograph evidence and related materials; remove hairs and fibers from evidence and related materials; create microscopic slides for hairs and fibers; mount hairs and fibers on slides; and create inventory slides. 
  • Record case notes, photographs, chain-of-custody form, electronic communication, and slide inventory. 
  • Use eLab software for evidence inventory, tracking, and flow. 
  • Maintain proper chain-of-custody for all forensic material under examination. 
  • Participate with senior personnel in research studies which involve systematic, critical and intensive investigation necessary for the development of experimental processes.


Required Qualifications: 

  • B.S. degree with at least twenty-four (24) credit hours in the physical sciences; 
  • Basic computer skills, to include use of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook); 
  • Organization skills; flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities; 
  • Ability to analyze complex or challenging situations; and 
  • Verbal and written communication skills. 

Citizenship: US citizenship required. 
Location: Quantico, VA 
Shift: Normal Day Shift 

Ideal Innovations, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status. Ideal Innovations, Inc. is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.



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