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Autopsy Assistant II

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: $19.25 Hourly

Final Filing Date: December 12, 2019

Under general supervision, assist pathologists with forensic post-mortem examinations to include the collection of toxicological specimens, evisceration, and preservation of legal specimens and clothing in accordance with instructions delegated by standard operating procedures.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Records and reconciles decedent inventory daily.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Must pass the HRRM "Clerical Skills Test" with a minimum score of 85% accuracy and a typing speed of 30 w.p.m. with 85% accuracy.
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalency from an accredited educational institution.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions are essential.
  • Must have good written and oral communication skills.
  • Must maintain the confidentiality and integrity of applicable information.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver's license and a good driving record for the duration of employment.
  • Must provide a handwritten assignment of any topic, and a handwritten sample of the numbers 1 through 10 with the application.
Physical Requirement:
  • Physical strength to move and lift decedents weighing over 200 pounds from stretcher to autopsy table and storage using acceptable techniques.
  • Must possess the ability to deal physically and psychologically with death and human remains in various stages of decomposition, disease, and trauma.
  • Full range of motion and finger dexterity for grasping, holding, and pushing to handle a variety of tools for evisceration (removal of viscera (internal organs) and suturing of decedents.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time and tolerate unpleasant odors from decomposed decedents.

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Posted: November 12, 2019

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