Employment Opportunity

State Patrol Forensic Scientist

Nebraska State Patrol, Lincoln, Nebraska

Salary: $24.55 Hourly

Final Filing Date: March 30, 2018

The Nebraska State Patrol is developing a list of qualified candidates to fill four openings in the Biology Section. the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Laboratory has been accredited since 2004 and is located in Lincoln, NE. We provide services to law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Nebraska. We welcome applications from interested forensic scientists with previous work experience in forensic DNA casework. As a member of the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab team, forensic scientists participate in a variety of scientific activities including serology and DNA testing, expert witness testimony, and training for law enforcement, medical personnel and the general public. Interaction with attorneys, law enforcement personnel, and other government and private crime laboratories give Nebraska State Patrol forensic scientists a broad spectrum of criminal justice experience.

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Two positions will perform screening and subsequent DNA testing of evidence in all types of criminal cases (e.g. sexual assault, homicide, burglary, etc.) and two positions will be assigned to a three year project to perform screening and DNA testing on previously untested sexual assault kits. Compose objective reports and provide clear court testimony regarding examination results. May assist with the validation of serology and DNA analysis methods and instrumentation and the writing/updating of Standard Operating Procedures. May assist in processing and typing of DNA database samples from convicted offenders and registered sex offenders. Read literature and attend continuing education in forensic serology/DNA analysis. Two positions are grant funded positions and the continuation of the positions beyond the expiration of the grants will be subject to future funding availability. Two positions are grant funded for a sexual assault kit project limited to three years.


  • Bachelors or post-baccalaureate degree in the fields of physical science, natural science, forensic science, criminalistics, or other fields, where specific scientific coursework in job related specialties have been completed. Applicants must fulfill the requirements for a DNA analyst as listed in the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories. Successful completion of coursework in genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and statistics and/or population genetics. Must attach a resume and transcripts.
  • Minimum of one year of experience performing scientific analysis in a laboratory.
  • A valid driver's license is required. If selected for this position, you must meet the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services employment eligibility requirements by completing an EEV (I-9) Form. The agency does not sponsor H1-B Visa's. Regular and reliable attendance is expected. Applicants will be screened for a record of criminal activity and criminal history using a fingerprint-based check, before a final offer of employment is made. Applicants must be free of felony convictions. Applicants cannot maintain a continuous association or dealings with persons, groups, or organizations that they know, or should know are persons or groups or organizations under criminal investigation or indictment or who have a reputation for present, ongoing involvement in felonious or criminal behavior. Applicant must successfully complete an extensive background screening prior to being employed, which includes completion of a Personal History Questionnaire. Selection process will include an interview.
  • The principles of chemistry, genetics, biology, and other sciences related to the work assigned; laboratory procedures, analysis methods; the methods used to illustrate information and support court testimony; the practices and protocols of the assigned forensic science field.
  • Follow laboratory procedures and conduct tests using laboratory equipment/instrumentation and material/chemicals to obtain results; interpret observations and record results of analysis of items/substances submitted for examination and arrive at conclusions; communicate technical explanations and information to others; formulate legally valid interpretations and conclusions on the basis of tests made and testify and defend these in courts as an expert witness.
  • The selection and use of laboratory equipment/instrumentation and material/chemicals used in conducting analysis of substances/items submitted to the laboratory as a part of the investigation of a criminal case.

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Posted: March 6, 2018

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