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Forensic Analyst

Eugene Police Department, Eugene, Oregon

Salary: $72,467.20 - $92,414.40 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 27, 2021

The Forensic Analyst position with the Eugene Police Department/Forensic Evidence Unit is a Generalist/Criminalist position that requires the ability to perform the following diverse tasks: Evidence Processing for Latent Prints, Trace and other physical evidence; Cell phone analysis and 24/7 Crime Scene response for Processing and Reconstruction. This position's responsibilities are heavily weighted on Forensic Video Analysis and Crime Scene Reconstruction.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Knowledge of:
  • Scientific analytical methods and processes and how to apply them.
  • Principles, procedures, techniques, and trends in identification, collection, handling, preservation, and analysis of physical evidence; expert knowledge in areas of specialization.
  • Principles, procedures, techniques, and trends in Forensics: toxicology, forensic biology, firearms, tool marks, hair, fiber, and other trace evidence.
  • Basics of forensic video analysis, surveillance evidence, recording, and image comparisons techniques.
  • Modern methods and techniques of criminal investigation and crime scene reconstruction techniques
  • OSHA safety rules and safe handling procedures for chemicals and unknown substances. Principles and procedures of criminal law, rules of evidence, and court procedures.
  • Principles, methods, and techniques of developing including using powders, chemicals, dye stains, photography, and electronic processing off friction ridge detail.
  • Principles, methods, and techniques for taking, clarifying and printing photographs; surveillance and aerial photography techniques.
  • Use and maintenance of scientific analytical instruments: various types of microscopes, forensic light source, electronic scales and similar equipment, and video and photographic equipment.
  • Appropriate computer and surveillance programs and systems
Ability to:
  • Satisfactorily complete the Department's Forensics Evidence Basic Training Program within the 12 month probationary period.
  • Exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment within limits of established practices and procedures both in laboratory and field situations.
  • Follow prescribed analytical procedures and methods
  • Prepare detailed analytical written laboratory notes and reports.
  • Operate a variety of instruments and equipment and follow specific processes involving use of computer, research microscopes, photographic and video equipment, fingerprint processing equipment, and small, specialized tools.
  • Operate a variety of computer hardware and software systems, including word processing, other specialized databases, video editing programs and Adobe Photo Shop.
  • Operate applicable motor vehicles.
  • Work well with employees, representatives of other agencies, and the public.
  • Show good judgment and retain observed details.
  • Advise and instruct coworkers and police personnel; present training classes as required.
  • Maintain physical agility to move heavy objects and reach difficult crime scene environments.
  • Work outdoors and in varied weather, as required.
  • Work around deceased subjects in violent crime scene settings.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and explain scientific, technical matters in an understandable manner. Function and qualify as an expert witness in area(s) of specialization.
  • Keep updated on technical knowledge in field and obtain specialized training as needed. Must be available on-call during off-duty hours and able to respond as required.
  • Must be able to travel to maintain training and proficiency in assigned disciplines.


  • including National Crime Information Center/Law Enforcement Data System clearance and National fingerprinting-based record check will be conducted.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry or forensic science. Other Science Degrees will be considered based upon relevant course work.
  • A master's degree in a related field may substitute for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Two years of general work experience with one year of forensic or related analytical work.
  • Work experience in a forensic setting or laboratory (non-academic) is preferred.
License and Certificate:
  • Satisfactory completion of department approved basic and advanced fingerprint, or basic and advanced forensic video analysis courses or an equivalent, or the ability to obtain within a reasonable amount of time (depending on assignment).
  • Must obtain DPSST Instructor certification within one year of completing the 12-month probationary period.
  • Valid Oregon driver's license, or ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City's standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).

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Posted: April 6, 2021

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