CIFS is Hiring: Forensic Science Researcher

Forensic Science Researcher

Job description:

The Forensic Science Researcher plays a pivotal role in providing and assessing the critical data that drives CIFS’s Expert Development Program and policy recommendations. This position involves distilling available literature and data into straightforward, understandable educational materials, identifying topics for research, designing literature reviews and other studies, creating and managing databases, and promoting student/volunteer activity and involvement. Your work will directly contribute to shaping our policies and advancing justice.

The most important qualification for this role is a boundless commitment to justice, equity, and scientific integrity. Studies show that many job-seekers, especially women and other historically marginalized groups, hesitate to apply unless they meet all criteria set forth in a job posting. We are willing to consider bright, justice-minded folks from nontraditional educational backgrounds or with resume gaps and other situations that may be perceived as barriers to employment. If you do not meet all the criteria for this role, but believe that you nevertheless would be a good fit for it, please apply and tell us why.


  • The ideal candidate for this role will have a minimum of a Master’s Degree, with a PhD being preferred.
  • A preferred candidate will have a background, training or education in study design, software development or statistics.

Critical Competencies:

  • Fastidious organizational skills and consistent attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and directly communicate problems as they arise
  • Impeccable time management and remote work skills
  • Knowledge of and capacity for numeric and other data analyses
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills


  • Identifies research questions relevant to real-world criminal legal problems
  • Designs strategies to approach identified questions
  • Searches for sources in a wide variety of modalities and identifies strengths and shortcomings of research, applying a modified Cochrane framework
  • Drafts, publishes and disseminates written reports on findings
  • Maintains database of research
  • Supervises students and volunteer research assistants
  • Provides periodic reports to staff leaders and Board of Directors
  • Solicits, reviews, and responds to applications for volunteers
  • Participates in appropriate staff meetings
  • Works with attorneys to meet program goals, assess and track program metrics, research and development. This includes legal research and drafting of documents as assigned
  • Completes other duties as assigned

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Salary: $70,000.00 – $75,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Paid time off


  • Day shift

People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply

Application Question(s):

  • Why are you passionate about criminal legal reform?
  • What problems in the forensic science reform space are you most eager to investigate? Why?

Work Location: Remote

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