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Forensic Investigator II

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: February 9, 2020

The Forensic Investigator II responds to death scenes to document, recover and identify human remains, and collect and preserve physical and biological evidence.

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  • Answers and records death calls and prepares written and verbal reports in accordance with Sec. 49.25, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
  • Consults other HCIFS Divisions (i.e. anthropology, trace) as requested or required by the circumstances of a case.
  • While at the scene, responsible for directing decedent transport staff (FIAs and FI-3s) in helping with manipulation of the decedent, property collection, and evidence collection at scenes.
  • Locates and notifies the family of the death, responds to inquiries from families and law enforcement agencies, and provides for the complete transition of information from shift to shift and team to team.
  • Prepares and submits to all designated parties reports covering operations and jurisdictions.
  • Supervises the admission and release of bodies to ensure procedural compliance, protects the integrity of specimens and evidence, and ensures proper identification and storage. This includes:
  • Supervision of the decedent transport at scenes and in the office.
  • Coordination with Forensic Investigator Assistants and Forensic Investigators III for scene response and decedent recovery from hospitals/scenes.
  • Testifies in court proceedings regarding investigations, observations, and documentation procedures at the scene. Notifies the Supervisor, Manager of Forensic Investigations, and/or Assistant Deputy Chief Medical Examiner of special problems or interests.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Supervisor, Manager of Forensic Investigations and/or Assistant Deputy Chief Medical Examiner.


  • Bachelor of Arts/Science degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Anthropology, Biological Sciences, or an equivalent field.
  • Knowledge of crime scene investigation, photography, fingerprints, and basic human anatomy.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Effective organizational and time management skills are all essential to satisfactory job performance.
  • Basic computer skills including computer systems using Microsoft Office and standard applications.
  • May come in contact with blood and/or bloodborne pathogens and will require training in Universal Precautions.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, prioritizing and handling multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • A valid driver's license is required (Texas within two weeks of employment).
Physical Requirements:
  • Natural ambulation and manual dexterity are required due to the essential physical demands of manipulating bodies as part of the investigation and in loading/unloading bodies,
  • Ability to climb stairs, industrial and commercial structures; ability to board ships; and the ability to spend whatever time necessary on one's feet to investigate and/or recover human remains.
  • Previous employment or internships in a medical examiner's office; with previous exposure to human remains at some point during schooling,
  • Prior work experience and a current registry (Diplomate) level certification by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI).
  • Graduate degree in a related field (Master's level included).

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Posted: January 9, 2020

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