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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code/Title: T1011 / Morphology Tech
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 09

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.

Summary

Under general supervision, provides technical morphology lab services for hospital, forensic, or anatomical autopsy cases and general support to pathologists and other technical staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Receives bodies of deceased persons, ensuring appropriate confidentiality.
  2. Collects, inventories, and preserves valuables, personal belongings, and evidence and materials for case documentation and for legal chain of evidence, as applicable.
  3. Assists with the conduct of autopsies, as appropriate to the position, to include laying out supplies and instruments, handling, preparing, and recording description of the body, flushing blood and body fluids from body, performing prosection and evisceration, and labeling specimen containers; prepares and organizes specimens for storage.
  4. Disinfects bodies, facilities, and equipment after cases.
  5. Cleans and maintains laboratory equipment, facilities, and related materials; maintains and stocks inventory and supplies; prepares autopsy chemicals.
  6. Performs data entry on computer as appropriate; prepares applicable reports.
  7. Releases bodies and valuables to authorized persons.
  8. Assists in training resident physicians in autopsy procedures, as assigned.
  9. Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 6 months of experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified to include directly related higher education coursework. Directly related, completed degrees from accredited institutions may be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Ability to complete routine paperwork.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Knowledge of autopsy procedures and methodologies.
  • Knowledge of legal and policy requirements related to the gathering, safekeeping and documentation of evidence.
  • Knowledge of autopsy chemicals, instruments, facilities and equipment.
  • Knowledge of inventory management practices.
  • Knowledge of cameras and photographic procedures.
  • Ability to work with distressing and/or unpleasant odors, procedures and circumstances.
  • Knowledge of x-ray procedures and equipment.
  • Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues.
  • Knowledge of sterile procedures.

Distinguishing Characteristics

  • Position requires: a) performance of standard and/or routine autopsy and related procedures under guidance of senior technical staff; b) receiving and releasing bodies under established protocols and procedures; c) use of standard photographic and x-ray techniques and procedures under guidance; d) maintenance of laboratory equipment, facilities, and supplies.

Conditions of Employment

  • May be required to submit to annual TB and rubella screening.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • This position is represented by a labor union and is subject to the terms and conditions of the USUNM Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • UNM will provide Hepatitis vaccination, candidate may decline vaccination through declination form or may provide record of vaccination from previous employer.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Extensive physical activity. Requires strenuous physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects over 50 pounds.
  • Will work in a death environment with occasional noxious odors.
  • Will work with blood or blood-borne pathogens and will require OSHA training.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
  • Work involves almost constant exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, toxic chemicals, biohazardous materials, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 05/12/2014