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Morphology Tech - req# 7217

at University of New Mexico

Posted: 8/6/2019
Job Reference #: 7217

Job Description

Morphology Tech

Requisition IDreq7217
Working TitleMorphology Tech
Position Grade09
Position Summary

Under general supervision, provides technical morphology lab services for hospital, forensic, or anatomical autopsy cases and general support to pathologists and other technical staff.


  • · Receives specimens, ensuring appropriate chain of custody
  • · Collects, inventories and preserves specimens and materials for case documentation and legal chain of custody, as applicable
  • · May assist with the labeling of specimen containers, prepares and organizes specimens for storage
  • · Disinfects the facilities and equipment after processing and packaging of specimens
  • · Cleans and maintains laboratory equipment, facilities, and related materials; maintains and stocks inventory and supplies
  • · Performs data entry on computer as appropriate; prepares applicable reports
  • · Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods
  • · Performs miscellaneous job-related duties, as assigned


Position requires: a) performance of standard and/or routine laboratory specimen processing and packaging and related procedures under guidance of senior technical staff; b) receiving and releasing specimens under established protocols and procedures; c) maintenance of laboratory equipment, facilities and supplies.


  • · Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards
  • · Ability to complete routine paperwork
  • · Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications
  • · Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements
  • · Knowledge of legal and policy requirements related to the gathering, safekeeping, and documentation of evidence
  • · Knowledge of autopsy chemicals, instruments, facilities, and equipment
  • · Knowledge of inventory management practices
  • · Ability to work with distressing and/or unpleasant odors, procedures, and circumstances
  • · Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues
  • · Knowledge of sterile procedures

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  1. Work involves almost constant exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, toxic chemicals, biohazardous materials, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, and/or loud noises.
  2. Extensive physical activity. Requires strenuous physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects over 50 pounds.
  3. Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
  4. Will work in a death environment with occasional noxious odors.
  5. Will work with blood or blood-borne pathogens and will require OSHA training.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

See the Position Description for additional information.

Conditions of Employment
  • May be required to submit to annual TB and rubella screening.
  • UNM will provide Hepatitis vaccination, candidate may decline vaccination through declination form or may provide record of vaccination from previous employer.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • This position is represented by a labor union and is subject to the terms and conditions of the USUNM Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or GED; at least 6 months of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified to include directly related higher education coursework.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications
Additional RequirementsAs listed including a cleared background check and pre-placement medical clearance.
CampusHealth Sciences Center (HSC) - Albuquerque, NM
DepartmentOffice of the Medical Investigator (389A)
Employment TypeStaff
Staff TypeTerm - Part-Time
Term End Date06/30/2019
Pay$12.38 to $18.57 (Hourly)
Benefits EligibleThis is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.
ERB StatementTemporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.
Background Check RequiredYes
For Best Consideration Date12/5/2018
Application InstructionsPlease provide both a resume and a cover letter in response to the Job Description

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

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