Job Description

Sr Morphology Tech

Requisition IDreq4396
Working TitleSr Morphology Tech
Position Grade10
Position Summary


Under general supervision, provides and/or oversees technical morphology lab services for hospital, forensic, or anatomical autopsy cases. Provides and/or oversees provision of general support to pathologists and other technical staff. Trains and oversees the work of other technicians and/or resident physicians performing related functions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Receives bodies of deceased persons, ensuring appropriate confidentiality.
  2. Oversees and/or performs collection, inventory, and preservation of valuables, personal effects, and evidence for case documentation and legal chain of custody.
  3. Oversees and/or provides assistance in the conduct of autopsies, to include laying out supplies, recordkeeping, taking toxicology specimens, and performing advanced evisceration techniques.
  4. Takes photographs and x-rays of cadavers or carcasses; may develop or assist with developing of photographs and x-rays.
  5. Disinfects bodies, facilities, and equipment after cases.
  6. Oversees the cleaning and maintenance of laboratory equipment, facilities, and related materials; ensures the maintenance and stocking of supplies inventories and laboratory chemicals.
  7. Performs data entry on computer as appropriate; prepares applicable reports.
  8. Releases bodies and valuables to authorized persons.
  9. Trains and supervises the work of others, including technicians and resident physicians, in the day-to-day performance of autopsies and related activities.
  10. Evaluates, develops and implements technical protocol and procedures for morphology services, as appropriate.
  11. Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Ability to complete routine paperwork.
  • Ability to provide operational guidance and leadership to technical staff in area of specialty.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work with distressing and/or unpleasant odors, procedures and circumstances.
  • Knowledge of advanced evisceration and related autopsy procedures and methodologies.
  • Knowledge of cameras and photographic procedures.
  • Knowledge of x-ray procedures and equipment.
  • Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues.
  • Knowledge of sterile procedures.
  • Ability to evaluate and develop autopsy procedures and protocol.

See the Position Description for additional information.

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 3 years 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 QualificationsAn understanding of autopsy practices and/or evidentiary understanding, plus prior supervisory experience is ideal
Additional RequirementsMay 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.Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check
CampusHealth Sciences Center (HSC) - Albuquerque, NM
DepartmentOffice of the Medical Investigator (389A)
Employment TypeStaff
Staff TypeRegular - Full-Time
Term End Date
Pay$13.62 - $20.43 (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 Date4/6/2018
Application InstructionsCover letter and resume, please

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