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Forensic Anthropologist

Hennepin County
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Closing date
Dec 22, 2023

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The Medical Examiner's Office is seeking a Forensic Anthropologist to join our team of professionals and serve as a technical expert in the practice of forensic anthropology in medicolegal death investigations. This position will involve hands-on experience working with human remains and biological specimens.

Effective December 31, 2023, there will be a general salary adjustment of 2.5% to the minimum and maximum of the range.

Current Hennepin County employees who refer a candidate hired into an open competitive position may be eligible for a $500referral bonus. For more information visit the employee referral program page.

Location and hours:

This position is classified as hybrid, engaged in direct service delivery, located primarily at the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office, 14250 County Road 62, Minnetonka, MN 55345, and allows for limited remote work options. There is no public transportation to this facility. A typical workday is an 8.5-hour shift on-site during normal business hours; however, occasional evening, weekend, and holiday hours may be required. While this position is designated as hybrid, based on current requirements hires must reside in or relocate to Minnesota or Wisconsin.

New employees who are hired into remote or hybrid positions between January 2, 2022 to December 31, 2024, will receive$500toward the cost of establishing consistent internet connectivity, payable upon completion of 6 months of employment.

About this position type:

This is a full-time, benefit earning position.

This is an FLSA exempt position and is not union represented.

This position is internally classified as a Forensic Anthropologist.

Click here to view the job classification specification.

In this position, you will:
  • Respond to death scenes to perform field investigation and recovery of skeletal, burned, decomposed, and exhumed remains.
  • Determine human origin and the forensic significance of unidentified remains and specimens, coordinating with specialists (i.e., forensic odontologist, State Archeologist).
  • Direct and perform activities related to the recovery, preparation, documentation, and curation of skeletal material, including in situ observation, autopsy recovery, maceration, photography, radiography (or other medical imaging), and long-term preservation.
  • Consult with forensic pathologists and referring coroners on a case-by-case basis to determine appropriate actions and analyses.
  • Perform specialized dissection techniques to assist in the recovery of skeletal elements.
  • Perform skeletal analyses for the purpose of decedent identification and/or skeletal trauma assessment, including the collection of osseous tissues for DNA and/or isotope testing.
  • Manage, in coordination with Investigations Unit, the department's unidentified human remains program including analysis, storage, ancillary testing and comparison to missing persons, utilizing national databases (i.e., NAMUS).
  • Coordinate the department planning, preparation and response to disasters requiring medical examiner involvement.

Need to have:
  • Doctoral degree in anthropology or related field with concentration in forensic anthropology.
  • Certification by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (ABFA) must be obtained within one year of employment.
  • A valid driver's license and the ability to obtain a Hennepin County driver's permit.
  • Ability to wear a respirator and other personal protective equipment for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to work weekends, holiday, or atypical hours as needed.

Nice to have:
  • Experience with:
  • Operations, maintenance, and supply requirements for an anthropology lab.
  • Standards and procedures for human identification.
  • Performing radiography on human remains.
  • Mass fatality planning and response.
  • Working in a medical examiner's office.
  • Working in mass fatality planning or response.
  • Preparing written reports.

Skill in use of computers, related computer software, digital photography. and information access and entry.

About the department:

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office, under the leadership of Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew M. Baker, provides death investigation and forensic autopsy investigative services to Hennepin, Dakota, and Scott counties. The office provides referral-based services to other counties across the Upper Midwest region.

We serve a population of over 1.85 million residents covering approximately 1,500 square miles. Our goal is to assist families, law enforcement agencies, and the legal system by determining a scientifically unbiased cause and manner of death. The Office is a National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) accredited agency with a staff of board-certified forensic pathologists and an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited forensic pathology fellowship program. Our medicolegal death investigators are diplomates in the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI).

The Medical Examiner's Office operates out of a new, free-standing facility on a large and picturesque plot of suburban greenspace with free employee parking. On-site technologies include digital radiography, CT scanning, and a self-contained digital X-ray unit for bony specimen evaluations. The facility includes a large and fully equipped anthropology laboratory.

About Hennepin County:

Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.

Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at The Bridge (select Guest).

Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparitiesis fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.

Your future. Made here.

This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.

Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. Final candidates may be required to pass a drug test, driver's license check, and/or background check.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Brooke Haaf

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