Employment Opportunity

State Patrol Forensic Scientist

Nebraska State Patrol, Lincoln, Nebraska

Salary: $24.55 Hourly

Final Filing Date: June 15, 2018

he Nebraska State Patrol is developing a list of qualified candidates to fill an opening in the Toxicology Section. The Nebraska State Patrol Crime Laboratory has held ASCLD/LAB accreditation since 2004, ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation since 2014, and is located in Lincoln. We provide services to law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Nebraska. We welcome applications from interested forensic scientists with previous experience in forensic toxicology casework as well as those with no prior experience. As a member of the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab team, forensic scientists participate in a variety of scientific activities including toxicology testing, expert witness testimony, training of law enforcement and the general public. The Nebraska State Patrol allows forensic scientists to take responsibility for all aspects of casework providing our scientists with challenges and career satisfaction. Interaction with attorneys, law enforcement personnel, and other government and private crime laboratories gives Nebraska State Patrol forensic scientists a broad spectrum of criminal justice experience.

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Analyze body fluid evidence for the presence of impairing drugs and drug metabolites, perform instrument maintenance; compose and complete objective reports and provide clear and objective court testimony regarding analysis reports; attend training for forensic toxicology and read related literature; complete case information on the computer to maintain and monitor case evidence; be responsible for the safety of the section and laboratory common areas; perform special projects as assigned by the Laboratory Supervisor or Director.


  • 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. Resumes will not be accepted as a substitute to your applicant information. Failure to complete all areas of your employment application may result in your application being disqualified from our selection process.
  • PREFERRED: Bachelors or post-baccalaureate degree in the natural sciences field (chemistry, biology, biochemistry, etc.) Minimum of one year of experience performing forensic toxicology analysis or related casework in an accredited forensic science laboratory. Experience working with analytical chemistry methods, specifically analysis using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry and/or experience with immunoassay instrumentation and techniques.
  • OTHER: Valid driver's license or ability to provide independent authorized transportation is needed for job-related travel. 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.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • KNOWLEDGE of: the principles of chemistry 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.
  • SKILL in: 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.
  • ABILITY to: 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.

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Posted: May 31, 2018

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