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Forensic Technician

University of Missouri, Pathology & Anatomical Sciences, Columbia, Missouri

Salary: $16.19 - $24.32 per hour

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Job Description
  • Accept and register human remains in accordance with established operational policies and procedures; obtain and records information pertinent to the identification and classification of the deceased such as observable scars, tattoos and marks, height, weight, collects documents, valuables and other personal property.
  • Participate in various research projects by recording data, preserving specimens and aiding physicians and law enforcement personnel.
  • Take photographs of remains upon admittance and specific site photographs during postmortem examination, fingerprints bodies at appropriate time in correlation with preservation of evidence.
  • Prepare remains for examination by pathologist; recognize and preserve evidence which may be relevant to the cause and manner of death; assist pathologist in the performance of autopsies; open body cavities and removes various tissues, organs and systems as directed.
  • Take and develop x-rays as necessary to determine the presence, number and location of foreign objects in the body.
  • Prepare remains for transportation by funeral home or other authorities utilizing appropriate methods as directed; perform major and minor restoration for identification purposes; restore remains to suitable appearance for viewing or photographing when necessary; assure proper disposition of by-products and tissues which may contain harmful organisms, prepare a variety of solutions to be used as fixation agents for anatomical specimens; collect and preserve specimens for laboratory analysis.
  • Assure that morgue facility is maintained in proper hygienic condition to promote a safe and sanitary working environment; order and maintain inventory of supplies necessary to adequately meet volume needs.
  • Testify in judicial proceedings concerning medical examiner cases as required.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
  • High school graduate, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities can be acquired, is necessary.
  • Five to seven years experience in forensic pathology and autopsy procedures is required.
  • Must have knowledge of gross anatomy procedures used in pathological examinations.
  • A person working in the classification must be able to:
    • visually observe death scene details.
    • record information observed and complete related forms.
    • verbally communicate clearly and concisely.
    • lift, carry and set down, objects weighing 25-50 lbs. on a daily basis.
    • make intricate cuts on human bodies.

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Posted: May 25, 2021

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