After Graduation

Here in the Forensic Science Degree Program at UNL we are proud of the sucess our students have had after graduation.  In 2011, we began to survey UNL Forensic Science alumni to find out where they are now.  Our graduates find themselves:

  • Working in a crime laboratory
  • As Crime Scene Investigators
  • Attending graduate/professional school
  • Working in a medical field
  • Attending law school or working in law
  • Working in a medical  or other non-forensic laboratory
  • Working as a law enforcement officer
  • Employed in the private sector
  • Employed by the government (i.e. military, FBI, etc.)

For more detailed information about where our graduates find themselves, visit Career Services-Forensic Science, or our Postgraduate Placement page.

Part-Time Jobs/Internships

Click here to see Forensic Science-related part-time jobs.

Current Job Opportunity: Summer 2019 Lab Help 

The work is in a (federal) USDA-ARS laboratory, and would be a temporary full-time: 40 hrs a week during the summer.  Salary is “GS1”, which is a little over $10/hr.  Students will get paid holidays (essentially just 4th of July for summer workers), along with paid vacation and sick leave.  Work days are M-F, 7:30-4, but there is some flexibility in scheduling arrival/departure times, and also flexibility on total number of hours worked per week (40 is max).  Work is in laboratory that works with biosafety level 2 foodborne pathogens, and students will be trained in, and need to follow, biosafety protocols.  One person will need to do PCR assays and one person to do lab maintenance and support.  Applicants need to have attention to detail, and follow directions, but no other laboratory experience is required.  Training will be provided. Applicants need to be university students, and U.S. citizens.  If  interested, please send a short email expressing interest, and include an unofficial copy of your transcript, and a writing sample to Lisa Durso,Ph.D.

lisa.durso@ars.usda.gov

Full-Time Jobs

Click here to see Forensic Science-related full-time jobs.

Current Job Opportunity: Forensic Scientist- DNA Unit and Post Mortem Toxicology

Twelve positions available, all are entry level forensic scientist in the DNA unit. Also, an entry level forensic scientist opening in post mortem tox. Search “forensic” in the link below to pull this posting up.

 https://massanf.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl

Current Job Opportunity: Bioanalytical Associate Analyst

Full-time summer and part-time semster postion available. Follow the link below:

http://celerion.applicantstack.com/x/openings

Employment in Forensic Science

Graduates from the Forensic Science Degree Program tend to seek careers in law enforcement, crime laboratories, the office of a medical examiner, or other government agencies.

Because these positions require handling physical evidence and providing sworn testimony, an extensive background investigation is a standard part of the application process.

This investigation often requires polygraph testing.

Common components of a background check include:

  • felony convictions and misdemeanor convictions
  • credit history
  • certain types of illicit drug use or possession

Applicants should check individual employer criteria regarding specific disqualifying conduct.

Obviously, criteria used to determine the suitability of an applicant varies from agency to agency. However, many agencies examine criminal history, recreational drug use, and credit history. This means that if you are seeking employment in forensic science do not use drugs, do not break the law, and do not have bad credit.

Applicants must provide honest and complete responses to all questions asked during a background investigation. Dishonesty during the application process will preclude employment even though some agencies might overlook prior mistakes and experimentation with some recreational drugs.

If pursuing a career as a forensic DNA analyst, you need a bachelor's or an advanced degree in forensic science, biology, chemistry or a related area and shall have successfully completed course work covering the following subject areas: biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology; and course work and/or training in statistics and/or population genetics as it applies to forensic DNA analysis.