Forensic Anthropology PostDoc Fellow, 2025-2026

US Government, Institute of Forensic Sciences

About Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences:


The Mission of the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences is to provide medical examiner and crime laboratory services of the highest quality in an unbiased manner with uncompromised integrity.


To provide consistent, quality death investigation and laboratory analysis for the benefit of the entire community.


To create a technological strongpoint for legal agencies to facilitate justice in criminal and civil proceedings.


To establish an academic environment for training in the field of Forensic Science.

Forensic Anthropology PostDoc Fellow Overview:

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 & Responsibilities:

  • Assists with routine daily casework under the supervision of staff anthropologists involving skeletal remains and autopsy specimens, including: trauma analyses, determination if skeletal remains are human or non-human, determination if skeletal remains are of forensic or historical significance, development of biological profiles of human remains, and 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 as assigned

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email  

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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