Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist I, II or III

Nebraska State Patrol, Lincoln, Nebraska

Salary: $24.92 Hourly

Final Filing Date: June 14, 2021

The Nebraska State Patrol is developing a list of qualified candidates to fill a Forensic Scientist I vacancy in the Latent Prints Section as determined by previous experience. The Nebraska State Patrol Crime Laboratory has held ASCLD/LAB accreditation since 2004 and is located in Lincoln, Nebraska. We provide services to law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Nebraska. We welcome applications from interested forensic scientists with previous experience in latent prints. As a member of the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab team, forensic scientists participate in a variety of scientific activities including latent print examinations, expert witness testimony, and training for 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 challenge and career satisfaction. Interaction with attorneys, law enforcement personnel, and other government and private crime laboratories provides Nebraska State Patrol forensic scientists with a broad spectrum of criminal justice experience.

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Examples of Work
  • Under close to limited supervision, examine and/or process evidence to visualize/develop friction ridge detail; analyze, compare and evaluate friction ridge detail; photograph all latent prints; utilize Adobe Photoshop CS6 for digital latent image processing; compare received/developed latent impressions with known inked fingerprints, and/or enter latents into Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) for comparisons; formulate own conclusions and verify the conclusions of other examiners; maintain the chain of custody of evidence; communicate findings through written laboratory reports to law enforcement officials; testify in court as necessary; provide instruction to the law enforcement community by developing curriculum and reviewing, coordinating and conducting training on an on-going basis; provide tours of the Latent Print Section/Crime Lab to the public and offer presentations of the latent process; perform routine maintenance of all Latent Print Section equipment. Other related duties as assigned.


  • FSI: Bachelor's 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. A valid driver's license is required. Resume and transcripts required.
  • Minimum of two years' experience in fingerprint classification/10 print comparison work and/or a minimum of one year working as a qualified latent print examiner in an accredited forensic laboratory is desirable. Minimum one year experience operating an AFIS; experience providing presentation, testifying in court, and using Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) program is desirable. Applicants must successfully pass a pre-employment eyesight exam.
  • This position must meet minimum requirements for Forensic Scientist. 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. Regular and reliable attendance is expected. 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. 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 and assessment test.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • KNOWLEDGE of: the principles of chemistry, genetics, biology, physical, natural and/or other sciences related to the section assigned; the equipment and processes used in state crime laboratory analyses; the methods used to illustrate information and support court testimony; laboratory analysis and reporting procedures.
  • ABILITY to: mentally rotate, inspect and modify an image; determine the differences in curvatures, width, minute details, tonal reversal and orientation of images; distinguish between different color shades that are commonly used in forensic casework. Ability to work with minute detail for an extended period of time. Ability to follow laboratory procedures and conduct latent examinations using laboratory equipment/instrumentation and material/chemicals to obtain results; interpret observations and record results of analysis of items submitted for latent 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.
  • 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. Skill and ability to successfully complete assigned competency and proficiency tests.

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Posted: June 2, 2021

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