Employment Opportunity

Autopsy Assistant II

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: $16.44 Hourly

Final Filing Date: May 23, 2019

Under general supervision, assists pathologists in performing autopsies, maintaining facility in a safe sanitary condition and maintaining inventory of routine supplies for laboratories.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Assists pathologists with forensic post-mortem examinations to include collection of toxicological specimens, evisceration, and preservation of legal specimens and clothing in accordance with instructions delegated by standard operating procedures.
  • Performs x-rays as needed for forensic studies.
  • Works the morgue control desk as needed to include releasing decedents and personal property to establishments bearing authority from next of kin.
  • Accepts, preserves and is accountable for clothing, property and valuables belonging to decedents.
  • Records and reconciles decedent inventory daily.
  • Maintains the safety, sanitation and custodial conditions of the morgue as mandated by policy.
  • Participates in special studies of the morgue as directed by the Morgue and Histology Laboratory Manager.
  • Provides assistance to other Medical Examiner staff as needed or requested by the Morgue and Histology Laboratory Manager.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Ability to deal physically and psychologically with death and human remains in various stages of decomposition, disease, and trauma.
  • Proven ability to follow written and oral instructions, communicate effectively, and write legibly.
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality and integrity of applicable information.
  • Physical strength to move and lift decedents weighing over 200 pounds from stretcher to autopsy table and storage using acceptable techniques.
  • Full range of motion and finger dexterity for grasping, holding, and pushing to handle a variety of tools for evisceration and suturing of decedents.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and tolerate unpleasant odors from decomposed decedents.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver's license and a good driving record for the duration of employment.
  • Must take and pass the HRRM "Clerical Skills Test" and score a minimum of 85% with a typing speed of 30 w.p.m. with 85% accuracy.

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Posted: May 10, 2019

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