Medicolegal Death Investigator Job at City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

  • City of Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia, PA

Job Description

The City is hiring candidates with experience investigating deaths or ABMDI certified investigators to join the dedicated team at the Medical Examiner's Office of the Health Department. Apply by June 28, 2024. Please include a copy of your transcript or certification with your application.

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This is full performance field and related office work investigating deaths which fall under the jurisdiction of the Medical Examiner. The employee is required to exercise a considerable amount of discretion and tact in dealing with other governmental agencies and with the public. The nature of the work is such that an employee in this class is required to work on a rotating shift basis. Employees are distinguished from the next lower level in the series in that employees in this class are assigned more complex and specialized investigations. The findings of the investigations serve as an important basis for the conclusions of pathologists of the Medical Examiner's Office. Employees are frequently exposed to undesirable situations and occasional moderate to heavy physical effort in the investigation of cases. Employees work under the general supervision of a Medicolegal Investigator Supervisor and receive direction from staff pathologists.

Minimum Training, Education & Experience

The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.

Candidates who meet all eligibility requirements within three months of the application deadline (by 9/28/24) will be admitted to this examination. Successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list but may not be hired or promoted until all requirements have been satisfied.



Education equivalent to the completion of twelfth school grade



Five years of experience conducting field investigations, two years of which has been at the Forensic Investigator 1 or equivalent.

NOTE: Completion of an associate's degree may substitute for two years of the required experience.




Completion of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. with major coursework in Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Health Sciences, Forensic Medicine, Mortuary Science, Anthropology or a closely related field



Registry Certification or Board Certification by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators

3. EXPERIENCE (for both degree or certification):

One year of experience as a Forensic Investigator 1 or equivalent conducting field investigations of sudden or unusual deaths.

Physical & Medical Requirements

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.

Required Licenses & Certifications

Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania within six months of appointment and during tenure of employment as a Medicolegal Investigator.

Other Requirements

Candidates MUST submit a copy of their official college or university transcript(s) indicating completion of the educational requirement and all required licenses, registrations, or certifications at the time of application. Transcripts MUST indicate conference of the appropriate degree. Candidates with a degree from foreign colleges or universities must submit proof of degree as certified by a professional evaluation service.

Candidates MUST submit a copy of their license, registration, or certification.

If you have ever submitted a paper transcript, license, registration, or certification for any City of Philadelphia civil service examination, you have to submit another document

Option 1 - Upload a paperless transcript, license, registration, or certification - One time only!

You may upload documents into your account and attach a document with this application. Once the document is uploaded to your account, it may be attached to all future applications. Attaching your document will save you time and money if you apply for an examination in the future, and you will be assured that your transcript cannot be misplaced.

Your documents should be uploaded and attached to your application before it is submitted. They cannot be uploaded or added to your application electronically after your application has been submitted.

Option 2 - Submit a paper transcript, license, registration, or certification - Separate document required for each application

If you submit a paper copy of a transcript, license, registration or certification, the document will be used for this application only. You will have to submit documents again whenever you apply for an examination in the future. Paper documents will not be retained and will not be returned to applicants.

Mailing address for paper transcript and other required materials:

Xaamir Conaway Office of Human ResourcesCity of PhiladelphiaHealth & Human Services1401 JFK Boulevard, Room 1530Philadelphia, PA 19102PDN-9c5c37e2-84f6-4e40-ad1a-9a7d1ddc22c7

Job Tags

Full time, Shift work, Rotating shift,

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