Forensic Anthropology PostDoc Fellow

US Government, Institute of Forensic Sciences

The Forensic Anthropology PostDoc Fellow will be trained in the fundamental philosophy, skills, and knowledge needed to carry out proper anthropology analyses in a Medical Examiner context, conducting all aspects of supervised anthropological casework, following established protocols and best practices, including autopsy consults, identification of unknown decedents, biological profile estimation, osseous/cartilaginous trauma analysis, scene response, pediatric skeletal examinations, and postmortem radiography.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Assists with routine daily casework under the supervision of staff anthropologists involving skeletal remains and autopsy specimens, including: 
    • trauma analyses
    • determining if skeletal remains are human or non-human
    • determining if skeletal remains are of forensic or historical significance
    • development of biological profiles of human remains
    • assessment of human remains for the presence of pathological conditions or traumatic injury 
  • Prepares reports on anthropological casework, and submits reports and bench notes to supervising forensic anthropologist for review
  • Assists in the processing of unidentified decedents including taking identification quality radiographs, collecting and submitting DNA samples, submitting fingerprint cards, constructing and disseminating unidentified decedent descriptions, and reviewing unidentified decedent case files for completion 
  • Responds to death scenes with staff anthropologists to document, recover, and identify human/non-human remains, collects and preserves physical and biological evidence, excavates or supervises excavation of human remains 

Other Duties:

  • This Job Description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position. Management may, at its discretion, assign, or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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 This position is subject to a criminal history check. Only relevant convictions will be considered and, even when considered, may not automatically disqualify the candidate.

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