Department: Office of Research & Special Programs (ORSP)
Associates degree in related field. Bachelor's degree in anthropology, biology, criminal justice or medical field preferred. Three years relevant administrative assistant experience or experience in a related field. Experience with cadavers is preferred but not required. A combination of education, experience, and training that would produce the required knowledge and abilities could be considered.
Nature & Purpose of Position/Usual Duties:
Performs advanced operational and administrative assistant duties for STAFS.
Primary Responsibilities (Staff Positions Only):
Possess extensive knowledge of STAFS equipment and machinery for safe and effective operation. Coordinate and manage interns and volunteers. Assist with administration of tours. Maintain inventory. Assist with the coordination and execution of short courses taught at STAFS. Oversee transporters for body donations, in emergency situations must transport. Oversee and assist with administrative duties. Coordinate with medical examiner's offices, hospitals, funeral homes, etc. in donation information and proper paperwork. Assist families with proper paperwork and documentation. File death certificates with the State of Texas within ten days of death. Aid in the conducting of annual memorial service for donor families. Oversee the ordering, retrieval and shipment of memorial coins for families. Stay current with building and vehicle maintenance. Complete quarterly report of donations for the Anatomical Board of the State of Texas. Oversee and manage cadaver/skeletal databank. Supervise, assist, coordinate, manage and complete the comprehensive processing of the cadavers; which includes: receiving donations, completion of extensive paperwork, all paperwork needed for completion of death certificate, any paperwork needed to assist in research, a thorough record of any movement of the cadaver, full body X-Ray of cadavers, placement of cadavers, retrieve remains, maceration of cadavers, removal of all tissue from bones, labeling of all bones, photograph cadavers, complete measurements of skeleton according to the Standards for Data Collection from Human Skeletal Remains, input measurements in FORDISC 3, protect and conserve skeleton for future research. Manage the building of enclosures for cadavers. Run errands when needed. Assist with Researchers needs, participate with research, present research at National and State conferences, assist with the preparation of STAFS research for publication in peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Design and build equipment and tools for research. Complete all required university purchasing and travel documents. Thorough knowledge of Texas Regulations regarding body donations. Inventory and order personal protective equipment, office supplies, and research material. Ensure students, researchers, and visitors follow lab, university, and OSHA policies and regulations. Submit service requests for IT and maintenance.
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