The NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner intends to hire a Forensic Anthropologist (Criminalist, Level III).  The position is still pending OMB approval.

Specifics of the job will include:

  • Perform daily casework involving analysis of skeletal, decomposed, mummified, burned and/or fragmented human remains.
  • Analyze cases for the purpose of decedent identification and/or assessment of skeletal trauma.
  • Participate in the peer-review process for casework.
  • Respond to death scenes as required (e.g., burials, scattered remains, fire scenes, mass fatalities).
  • Utilize NamUs for case upload and decedent identification efforts; including comparison of missing persons records with unidentified decedent records; conducting detailed analysis of OCME cold cases to successfully resolve challenging identifications while working closely with the Identification Department.
  • Conduct analysis of World Trade Center remains and associated case files as part of ongoing identification efforts, including communication with World Trade Center family members.
  • Collaborate with other members of the Forensic Anthropology Unit, Forensic Pathology, Medicolegal Investigations, and Special Operations in the main office and off-site locations.
  • Manage anthropology casework.
  • Testify as an expert witness in forensic anthropology.
  • Communicate effectively with lay, technical, medical, and legal audiences.
  • Participate as a critical member of the agency’s disaster response team, working in the field and in the mortuary.
  • Adhere to departmental SOPs, best practices, and laboratory accreditation requirements under ISO 17020.
  • Conduct advanced research regarding new methods, procedures, and techniques of laboratory analysis and scientific medico-legal investigation.
  • Provide training for OCME and law enforcement personnel on laboratory and field techniques relating to Forensic Anthropology.

Preferred education, training, and skills include:

  • Expertise in human osteology, forensic anthropology, and archaeological recovery techniques
  • Knowledge of disaster victim identification;
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, analytical, and computer skills;
  • The ability to exercise independent judgment and manage multiple priorities.
  • Strong understanding of research methods and data analysis.
  • Track record of involvement in the forensic sciences through professional organizations, research, publications, and/or committee appointments.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a completed PhD, specialization in forensic anthropology, and prior experience working in a medical examiner/coroner system.
  • Seeking applicants with board certification, or the ability to sit for board certification within 3 years of date of hire.

Contact: Bradley J. Adams, PhD, D-ABFA; Director of Forensic Anthropology; Office of Chief Medical Examiner; 520 First Avenue; New York, NY 10016