Employment Opportunity

Pathologist Assistant

Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner, Forensic Science Center, Tucson, Arizona

Salary: $15.22 Hourly

Final Filing Date: April 7, 2017

Pathologist Assistants participate in the medico-legal activities of the Office of the Medical Examiner by assisting in procedural examinations and identifying and documenting human remains.

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  • Assists pathologist with clinical pathological procedures;
  • Receives, prepares, stores, and releases cadavers;
  • Records physical information about cadavers such as height, weight, and temperature;
  • Participates in autopsy procedures by making and closing incisions, eviscerating organs, and collecting specimens at the direction of a pathologist;
  • Verifies and documents all human remains, property, and evidence received;
  • Obtains and labels trace collections, specimens, and evidence for law enforcement agencies;
  • Prepares and maintains paraffin, reagents, solutions, and stains according to standard formulas;
  • Takes and develops clinical, surgical, and other photographs;
  • Maintains sanitary conditions of the facility, equipment and instruments, and ensures safe disposal of biological and biohazardous materials;
  • Operates various equipment such as scales, autopsy saw, aspirator, x-ray machine and processor, and cameras;
  • Maintains inventory of supplies, keeps records and files, and performs other routine clerical duties.


Knowledge of:
  • human visceral anatomy, physiology, and pathology;
  • autopsy procedures;
  • special instruments and equipment used in a forensic laboratory including standard x-ray procedures and darkroom techniques;
  • procedures and techniques used to collect, process, and store specimens.
Skill in:
  • assisting pathologists with technical autopsy procedures;
  • understanding and following oral and written instructions;
  • communicating effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • working with medical instruments and laboratory equipment;
  • maintaining logs and records.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Two years of experience in a medical setting assisting with surgeries or autopsies, performing pathological laboratory work, or a closely related field.
  • (Graduation from an approved course of instruction in embalming may substitute for the aforementioned experience.)
  • (Additional relevant education in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, biological science, and/or a closely related field may be substituted for a portion of the aforementioned experience.)
Supplemental Information
  • Special Requirements: Ability to independently move and manipulate heavy objects and work with noxious odors.
  • Licenses and Certificates: Valid driver license is required at time of application. Valid AZ driver license is required at time of appointment. The successful applicant will be subject to a 39-month DOT Motor Vehicle Record review to determine applicant's suitability to operate county vehicles in accordance with Pima County administrative procedures. Failure to obtain and maintain the required licenses and certifications shall be grounds for termination. Any offer of employment resulting from this recruitment is contingent upon Risk Management's review and approval of the candidate's driving record.

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Posted: March 20, 2017

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