AUTOPSY TECHNICIAN (M-F 8:00am-4:30pm)

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General Description

Perform a variety of advanced technical duties involved in the preparation of autopsies and the dissection of bodies in support of surgical pathology; assist medical personnel throughout the autopsy procedure.

Job Duties

Perform a variety of advanced technical duties involved in preparation of autopsies and the dissection of bodies, to include evisceration and removal of brain, separation of organ blocks, removal of spinal cord and eyes, and special dissection techniques such as inner ear removal and sectioning of hears; sterilize instruments, set up equipment and supplies, and prepare specimens as directed. Maintain a variety of records, databases and log books pertaining to autopsy records such as deaths, disposal permits, autopsy quality assurance data and storage of organs; generate data and reports as requested for departmental purposes.

Perform a variety of duties in support of cardiovascular pathology laboratory to include receiving hearts, acquiring postoperative reports, preparing catheters and instruments for injection, assisting in heart cutting and drawing heart diagrams for sectioning of hearts. Wash, prepare and vacuum pack organs for storage, classes and conferences; assist in storage and retrieval of specimens used for teaching.

Mix and prepare preservative solutions as required.

Ensure proper care, release and disposal of materials from the morgues; receive anatomical gifts; log bodies in and out of morgue.

Maintain safety and cleanliness of work area; clean, disinfect and dispose of all infectious materials; sterilize body trays.

Inventory, order and stock autopsy suite materials and supplies; maintain standard laboratory equipment.

Assist in training of others as required; assist medical students in accessing organs for diagnostic purposes.


Work requires oral communication skills and manual dexterity normally acquired through a high school education.


Health care experience preferred. Or any equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience.

Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

Have a valid drivers license to drive a van drive a van.

Must be able to work around infectious diseases and multiple noxious chemicals like bleach and formaldehyde.

Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.




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Posted: 2/19/2021
Application Due: 5/20/2021
Work Type: Full Time