Forensic Anthropology Postdoctoral Diversity Fellow

WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
Parchment, Michigan
Closing date
Jul 3, 2022

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Full Time
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Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D School of Medicine is searching for a Forensic Anthropology Postdoctoral Diversity Fellow. Reporting to the Chair of Pathology, and under the direction of the Pathology Faculty/Director of the Forensic Anthropology Fellowship Program, conduct forensic skeletal analyses, field recoveries, and research and publication under the mentorship of the Forensic Anthropology faculty.

Support Forensic Anthropology operations under supervision of faculty:
  • Perform scientific identifications of decedents and write identification reports.
  • Perform skeletal analyses including biological profile, trauma, and pathology and write technical reports.
  • Conduct field search and recoveries and generate summary reports of the findings.
  • Identification of non-human vs. human skeletal remains.

Conduct original research in Forensic Anthropology:
  • Design a research project that compliments the ongoing programs in Pathology and collaborating faculty outside the department.
  • Ideal topics of research include, Substance abuse and bone quality, bone toxicology, skeletal and dental biogeochemistry, human biological affinity and cranial and/or dental morphology, CT imaging and skeletal morphology, fracture repair histology.
  • Pursue research funding.
  • Present research findings at professional meetings.
  • Submit manuscript(s) for publication in peer reviewed journals.

Support the Body Donation Program:
  • Assist with donor management, maintenance, and coordination of remains.
  • Maintenance of the skeletal series and new accessions.
  • Processing and accession of skeletal remains as necessary.
  • Availability to work occasional overtime on weekends or evenings to complete time sensitive projects.
  • All other duties as assigned.
  • Acquires knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions.

  • PhD in Biological Anthropology or an applicable field.
  • Specialization in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Experience writing forensic case reports.
  • Experience directing field search and recovery operations.
  • Experience conducting research in Forensic Anthropology.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be eligible to apply to take the American Board of Forensic Anthropology certification exam within one year of hire date.
  • Ability to conduct human osteological analyses.
  • Ability to perform human scientific identifications by comparative radiography.
  • Able to work with forensic pathologists, autopsy assistants, and other forensic experts in a morgue setting.
  • Ability to conduct a search and recovery in a multi-agency field setting.
  • Effective technical report writing skills.
  • Ability to design and execute a research project in line with existing research programs in the department.
  • Effective grant writing skills.
  • Ability to present and publish research findings.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team-orientated environment.
  • Conducts oneself professionally with tact, diplomacy, and discretion.
  • Familiarity with human subjects research protocols and ability to manage confidential information including protected health information.

About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) is an exciting environment to pursue and academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching health systems, Ascension Borgess and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. Building upon the $100 million foundational gift in 2011, WMed received a philanthropic commitment of $300 million to support the mission of the medical school in June 2021. WMed contributed to the creation of 1,600 new jobs and an economic impact of $353 million in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties in 2020.

WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Higher Learning Commission. WMed offers a comprehensive, innovative four-year Doctor of Medicine degree program and two Master of Science degree programs in Biomedical Sciences and Medical Engineering. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in 10 residencies and five fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. To support its mission to educate and inspire lifelong learners, WMed has Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

WMed Health is the clinical practice of the medical school with more than 300 providers offering comprehensive primary care and specialty services in several locations throughout Kalamazoo, Portage, and Battle Creek. The Department of Pathology faculty serve as the Office of the Medical Examiner for counties throughout Michigan and northern Indiana.

The W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo serves as the primary educational facility with faculty and administrative offices, student study and social spaces, team-based learning halls, a state-of-the-art Simulation Center accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, basic science research labs, as well as toxicology and forensic pathology labs.

WMed is building upon Kalamazoo's century-long foundation of drug discovery and medical device development with a strategic investment in clinical, laboratory, community, and educational research. The Center for Immunobiology, Center for Clinical Research, WMed ForenTox, Research Histology Lab, Innovation Center, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Human Research Protection Program contribute to the medical school's advancement of knowledge through innovation and discovery.

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace.

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