Employment Opportunity

Medicolegal Death Investigator

North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Raleigh, North Carolina

Salary: $36,677.00 - $62,092.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: October 26, 2020

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • The Medical Examiner Specialist/Medicolegal Death Investigator provides support to OCME pathologists, the Statewide Medical Examiner System and facilitates communication with law enforcement personnel, hospitals, funeral homes and families.
  • The employee takes incoming calls reporting new cases and determines jurisdictional authority and case disposition.
  • The employee performs death scene investigations and collects evidence and reports from a variety of agencies to supplement external examinations and autopsy reports regarding the cause and manner of death.
  • Duties involve conducting death investigations, attending death scenes, assisting with postmortem examinations, arranging body transportation, receiving and releasing bodies, record keeping, medicolegal training and other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies - Qualified candidates must document on the application that they possess all of the following:
  • Experience with operational skills in current office technologies such as multi-function photocopiers, and multi-user telephone systems, computers, local data entry applications, automated systems, and related equipment and software.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate, perform, and complete multiple duties and assignments concurrently and in a timely manner.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records, attention to detail, and organizational techniques.
  • Ability to modify one’s communication style to fit the audience or situation, while engaging others in a dialogue to demonstrate patience, courtesy, and empathy.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with internal and external contacts such as family members, Vital Records, Law Enforcement, Funeral Homes, Medical Examiners, Law Firms, Appointed Officials and the OCME staff.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, statutes, chain of custody requirements, medical terminology, prescription medications, human techniques, and methods, particularly as they relate to death investigations to include interviewing techniques, analytical, listening, written, and oral communications skills.
  • Knowledge in the process of removing decedents from diverse and difficult death scenes and maintaining composure in stressful situations.
Management Preferences:
  • Experience working in a medical examiner or coroner’s system.
  • ABMDI Diplomate or Fellow.
  • Experience with death scene investigations.
  • Experience drawing toxicology samples.
Physical Requirements:
  • The duties of this position require periods of sitting, viewing computer monitors, reading and interpreting hand-written reports, and repetitive hand and wrist motion entering data.
  • Ability to climb, kneel, crawl, reach, walk, stand, push, pull and lift medium to heavy weight.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in science (biology, chemistry, physiology, criminal justice, anthropology, forensic sciences, biochemistry, etc.) or related field from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of medicolegal death investigation experience;
  • OR
  • an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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Posted: October 16, 2020

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