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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: T4011 / Sr Morphology Tech
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 10

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.


Under general supervision, provides and/or oversees technical morphology lab services for hospital, forensic, or anatomical autopsy cases. Provides and/or oversees provision of general support to pathologists and other technical staff. Trains and oversees the work of other technicians and/or resident physicians performing related functions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Receives bodies of deceased persons, ensuring appropriate confidentiality.
  2. Oversees and/or performs collection, inventory, and preservation of valuables, personal effects, and evidence for case documentation and legal chain of custody.
  3. Oversees and/or provides assistance in the conduct of autopsies, to include laying out supplies, recordkeeping, taking toxicology specimens, and performing advanced evisceration techniques.
  4. Takes photographs and x-rays of cadavers or carcasses; may develop or assist with developing of photographs and x-rays.
  5. Disinfects bodies, facilities, and equipment after cases.
  6. Oversees the cleaning and maintenance of laboratory equipment, facilities, and related materials; ensures the maintenance and stocking of supplies inventories and laboratory chemicals.
  7. Performs data entry on computer as appropriate; prepares applicable reports.
  8. Releases bodies and valuables to authorized persons.
  9. Trains and supervises the work of others, including technicians and resident physicians, in the day-to-day performance of autopsies and related activities.
  10. Evaluates, develops. and implements technical protocol and procedures for morphology services, as appropriate.
  11. Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified; to include directly related higher education coursework.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement 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.
  • Ability to provide operational guidance and leadership to technical staff in area of specialty.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work with distressing and/or unpleasant odors, procedures and circumstances.
  • Knowledge of advanced evisceration and related autopsy procedures and methodologies.
  • Knowledge of cameras and photographic procedures.
  • Knowledge of x-ray procedures and equipment.
  • Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues.
  • Knowledge of sterile procedures.
  • Ability to evaluate and develop autopsy procedures and protocol.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) performance of complex autopy procedures, to include application of advanced evisceration techniques; b) training and technical oversight of lower level technicians and/or residents in all aspects of the day-to-day performance and administration of autopsies; c) responsibility for the oversight of laboratory facilities, equipment, and supplies: d) evaluation and development of autopsy procedures and protocols.

Conditions of Employment

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

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

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

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

Revised Date: 03/20/2017