Job Description

Morphology Tech

Requisition IDreq6771
Working TitleMorphology Tech
Position Grade09
Position Summary

Under general supervision, provides technical morphology lab services for hospital, forensic, or anatomical autopsy cases and general support to pathologists and other technical staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Receives bodies of deceased persons, ensuring appropriate confidentiality.
  • Collects, inventories, and preserves valuables, personal belongings, and evidence and materials for case documentation and for legal chain of evidence, as applicable.
  • Assists with the conduct of autopsies, as appropriate to the position, to include laying out supplies and instruments, handling, preparing, and recording description
    of the body, flushing blood and body fluids from body, performing prosection and evisceration, and labeling specimen containers; prepares and organizes specimens for storage.
  • Takes photographs and x-rays of cadavers or carcasses; may develop or assist with developing of photographs and x-rays.
  • Disinfects bodies, facilities, and equipment after cases.
  • Cleans and maintains laboratory equipment, facilities, and related materials; maintains and stocks inventory and supplies; prepares autopsy chemicals.
  • Performs data entry on computer as appropriate; prepares applicable reports.
  • Releases bodies and valuables to authorized persons.
  • Assists in training resident physicians in autopsy procedures, as assigned.
  • Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Position requires: a) performance of standard and/or routine autopsy and related procedures under guidance of senior technical staff; b) receiving and releasing bodies under established protocols and procedures; c) use of standard photographic and x-ray techniques and procedures under guidance; d) maintenance of laboratory equipment, facilities, and supplies.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

    • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
    • Ability to complete routine paperwork.
    • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
    • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
    • Knowledge of autopsy procedures and methodologies.
    • Knowledge of legal and policy requirements related to the gathering, safekeeping, and documentation of evidence.
    • Knowledge of autopsy chemicals, instruments, facilities, and equipment.
    • Knowledge of inventory management practices.
    • Knowledge of cameras and photographic procedures.
    • Ability to work with distressing and/or unpleasant odors, procedures, and circumstances.
    • Knowledge of x-ray procedures and equipment.
    • Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues.
    • Knowledge of sterile procedures.

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Conditions of Employment
  • May be required to submit to annual TB and rubella screening.
  • UNM will provide Hepatitis vaccination, candidate may decline vaccination through declination form or may provide record of vaccination from previous employer.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • This position is represented by a labor union and is subject to the terms and conditions of the USUNM Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or GED; at least 6 months of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified to include directly related higher education coursework.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

Additional RequirementsOfficial transcripts, High school diploma, or GED certificate will be required for hire. Please see minimum qualifications for specifics.
CampusHealth Sciences Center (HSC) - Albuquerque, NM
DepartmentOffice of the Medical Investigator (389A)
Employment TypeStaff
Staff TypeRegular - Part-Time
Term End Date
StatusNon-Exempt
Pay$12.38 - $18.57 (HOURLY)
Benefits EligibleThis is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.
ERB StatementTemporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.
Background Check RequiredYes
For Best Consideration Date10/18/2018
Application InstructionsPlease include a resume and cover letter

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