Medicolegal Death Investigator- Forensic Center

University Of Tennessee Memphis , TN 38103

Posted 1 week ago

PayGrade: 38

HiringRange: $21.58 26.25/Hourly



The Medicolegal DeathInvestigator assists with the investigation of deaths reported to the WestTennessee Regional Forensic Center, Office of the Medical Examiner,particularly in regards to the seeking, gathering, and documentation ofpertinent circumstantial, historical, and other medicolegal data. This positionaids the Medical Examiner with identification of the decedent, determination ofcause and manner of death, preservation of evidence, and anticipated future questions.


  • Receives and responds tothe initial report of a death or request for cremation.

  • Creates an office recordwith the preliminary information.

  • Seeks and gathers factsand additional data necessary to establish the Medical Examiner'sjurisdiction.

  • Communicates andcoordinates with the Medical Examiner, family members, employers,witnesses, and personnel from law enforcement, hospital, medical, civil,mortuary, insurance, and other fields.

  • Responds as appropriateto the death or injury scene or body location; Inspects and documents bymeans of notes, diagrams, sketches, and photography the appearance andcondition of the locale, body, and other pertinent objects on or near orassociated with the body.

  • Makes preliminary externalexamination of the body as appropriate with reference to identification offindings and factors related to time, place, manner, and cause of injury,disease, or death, and with reference to routine physical characteristicdocumentation and identity.

  • Obtains pertinent pastand present medical, social, family, and other history from persons andsources associated with the decedent, including family, physicians,hospitals, coworkers, employers, and law enforcement agencies.

  • Prepares for collectionand removal the body and any pertinent valuables or evidentiary materials,and removes or transports the body or materials to the appropriatelocation or facility.

  • Ensures the preservationand storage of evidentiary items and materials, available records, the body,and any associated clothing, valuables, or personal effects.

  • Performs related dutiesas assigned.


EDUCATION: Bachelor's Degree (Master's Degree preferred) (TRANSCRIPTREQUIRED)

EXPERIENCE: Two (2) years acceptable and proven experience in deathinvestigation; law enforcement; and/or Licensed Paramedic/EMT OR a combinationof education and work experience to equal ten (10) years of related experience.This position requires knowledge of laws and standards of medico legal investigation,anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and forensic pathology. Knowledge ofthe rules and regulations affecting the operation of the Medical Examiner'sOffice; Knowledge of company policies and procedures; Knowledge of customerservice and telephone etiquette; Knowledge of safety procedures; Knowledge ofthe rules of evidence and court procedures. Ability to follow oral and writteninstructions; Ability to establish and maintain effective workingrelationships; Ability to draw logical conclusions. Ability to consult with themedical examiner as necessary or required. Ability to exerciseindependent judgement. Ability to operate a smartphone and faxmachine/copier/scanner. Must be able to work in a fast-paced, team-orientedenvironment. Knowledge and skill with digital photography is preferred.Knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is preferred.Ability to interface with personnel from various outside entities including lawenforcement.

LICENSE/CERTIFICATION: Certification from the American Board of Medicolegal DeathInvestigators is required within one (1) year of hire date. (COPY OF LICENSE/CERTIFICATIONREQUIRED)

TYPICAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Work is generallyperformed in a clinical setting or examroom. Position will occasionally be exposed to environmental elementssuch as; heat, rain, or cold when conducting on-site crime sceneinvestigations. Position will also be exposed to bio-hazards and chemicals necessary for the autopsy procedures duringthe pre and post-mortem process.

WORK SCHEDULE: Must be available to work rotating shift, days andholidays.

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