Forensic Pathology Assistant

Grand Forks, North Dakota (US)
Jan 07, 2021
Job Type
Full Time


This position is critical for professional assistance and development of teams within forensic pathology to improve workflow and public health information from forensic pathology. The forensic pathology assistant will assist with background and scene information, including police and medical records, and will assist the forensic pathologist with performance and documentation of forensic cases. Autopsy are directly supervised by the forensic pathologist with the pathology assistant working as a team member to assure gathering, recording of data, taking photographs and radiographs as directed, assisting with prosecution of cases and assuring toxicology requests, supervision and assistance with final body preparation, clean up and release. Extensive use of computer databases and development of synoptic reports will maximize public health and medical information base. The pathology assistant will be part of a team developing protocols and practices to have forensic autopsy finding flow to trauma registries, peer-review committees as appropriate, cancer, and national violent death recording registries. Development and use of quality review protocols is expected of this position. Although all work is done under the supervision of the attending forensic pathologist, this position will greatly enhance the extent and information flow within forensic cases.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist in autopsy performance under the direct supervision of the forensic pathologist. This includes photography, radiography, external documentation, collection of toxicology as directed, internal evisceration, documentation, selection of histologic sections and finishing of autopsy, including clean up.
  • Assist case management for forensic cases including medical and police records, emergency treatment records, family interactions, toxicology and other reports relevant to case.
  • Assure that information required for national databases such as National Violent death recording, sudden infant and child deaths, consumer product safety reviews are abstracted for appropriate reporting. Assure information obtained at autopsy is correctly coded in standardized coding schemes such as SNOMED, ICD 9/10.
  • Assist with instruction and orientation of new death investigators and students rotating on the forensic service.

Required Competencies

  • Visual acuity to make necessary observations regarding the external and internal examinations, review of records and other processes independent of other people.
  • Ability to communicate findings in writing and verbally
  • Basic knowledge of office computer programs including word processing programs, use and construction of spreadsheets, creation and editing of projection slide programs.
  • Basic knowledge of databases and database design
  • Ability to work with persons in acute stressful situations such as bereaved family members
  • Ability to respect cultural and religious diversity
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work with broad variety of stakeholders
  • Strong, articulate communication skills

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree from NAACLS accredited program in Pathology Assistant. Applicants with PA(ASCP) certification plus minimum of 2 years’ experience meet minimum qualification.
  • Certification by ASCP in Pathology Assistance (PA(ASCP)). Applicants with recent graduation that are eligible for examination meet this requirement but must satisfactory complete the certification within 3 years of employment.
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. This position does not support visa sponsorship for continued employment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience in autopsy-based practice
  • Death or forensic investigation experience
  • Database programming and development experience

Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification

$77,000 / Exempt. Full-time, Benefited


Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

To Apply

For full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 11:59PM on the closing date.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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