Assistant Medical Examiner

Hennepin County
Full Time $166,347 - $263,894 Per year MN Hennepin County Medical Examiner, 14250 County Rd 62, Minnetonka, MN 55345, United States


The Medical Examiner's Office is seeking an Assistant Medical Examiner to join a team of eight experienced forensic pathologists.

This position will involve hands-on experience working with human remains and biological specimens.
Location and hours:This position is located at the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office, 14250 County Road 62, Minnetonka, MN 55345. There is no public transportation to this facility. Work hours will vary between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week, including weekday, weekend, and holiday shifts. 
About this position type:This is a full-time, benefit earning position.
This position is internally classified as a Medical Examiner, Assistant.
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 In this position, you will:
  • Perform autopsies and incorporate medical and investigative data to determine cause
    and manner of death.
  • Provide didactic teaching to fellows, pathology residents, and medical students
    and supervise and assist them in death investigations, autopsy, and analysis of
    investigative data and determination of cause and manner of death.
  • Assist the medical examiner in managing the performance of the functions of the
    Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office in compliance with state laws and
    county policies.
  • Assist in preparing, organizing, and directing the response to disasters that
    require medical examiner involvement.
  • Testify in court and to the grand jury.
  • Direct body and property release in cases under the medical examiner’s jurisdiction.
  • Ensure preservation of physical and medical evidence and case records in
    accordance with professional standards and state laws and regulations.
  • Explain causes of death to relatives of the deceased, and act compassionately with
    bereaved families with sensitivity to their concerns.
  • If interested, research, prepare, and present scientific papers.
Need to have:
  • Graduate of a medical school recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Licensed as a physician to practice medicine in the state of Minnesota (M.D. or D.O.); or able to attain State of Minnesota licensure to practice upon employment; or possess a valid temporary permit pending approval of application for Minnesota physician licensure.
  • Training in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology, in ACGME-accredited training programs, upon employment.
  • Certified in Anatomic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology at the time of hire.
  • Certified in Forensic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology within two years of hire.
  • Good standing in the medical profession.
Note: International medical graduates certified in Anatomic Pathology and certified (or eligible for certification) in Forensic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology are encouraged to apply.

Nice to have:
  • Knowledge of:
    • Applicable federal, state, and local statutes.
    • Principles and practices of forensic pathology and laboratory analysis.
    • Techniques for working with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to:
    • Lead and train physicians and other professionals in the areas of diagnosis and evaluation of cases.
    • Establish and maintain satisfactory working relationships with coworkers, law enforcement, and legal personnel.
    • Conduct training sessions and conferences for outside agency personnel.
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, an in-house board-certified forensic anthropologist, 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 Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.
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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 complete a pre-employment drug test, medical examination, and criminal background check. 

If you have any questions, please contact:
Brooke Haaf