Assistant Medical Examiner-Coroner

  • San Jose, California
  • Apr 05, 2021
Full Time Criminology and Forensics Public Health
  • Salary: $301,579.20 - $366,600.00 Annually USD

Job Description

Through this recruitment bulletin, the Medical Examiner-Coroner is seeking candidates for Full-Time, Part-Time, and Extra-Help (temporary) positions. Please indicate your preference in the supplemental section of the application.

Must possess a Doctor of Medicine Degree from an approved school of medicine and a valid California Physicians and Surgeons license to qualify.

Under administrative direction, this position is responsible for the performance of medical activities in the Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office; and is responsible for developing and coordinating the planning, organization, direction and performance of the medical activities of the Office along with other Assistant Medical Examiner-Coroners.

Application Filing Instructions

This recruitment will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified. The recruitment may close as early as 10 days after posting. Therefore, it is critical to submit your application as soon as possible.

To apply for this exceptional opportunity, please provide:
1. Completed online application
2. Resume
Letter of interest explaining why you are the ideal candidate, including specific examples from your experience.

Applications submitted without this information will be considered incomplete.

Questions regarding this recruitment may be directed to Patricia Carrillo, Executive Services at

The list established through this recruitment may be used to fill positions as they become available or extra help (temporary) opportunities.
Typical Tasks
  • Plans, organizes and directs the activities of the Autopsy Suite;
  • Supervises the autopsy suite staff and provides instruction to Stanford Pathology Residents and Valley Medical Center Interns;
  • Assist the Lead Forensic Pathologist in establishing standards for conducting autopsies and maintaining chain of custody;
  • Personally performs autopsies on homicides and other violent or unnatural deaths;
  • Interprets Medical Records and Police Reports;
  • Confers with medical and investigative staff to determine cause and circumstances of death;
  • Confers with District Attorney regarding prosecution details;
  • Serves as expert medical witness;
  • Refers cases to Public Administrator or other agencies when their participation is needed;
  • Provide 24/7 on-call support of investigative staff every third week;
  • Reports to select death sense with the on-call Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator;
  • Produces and maintains official (autopsy) reports and other records;
  • Serve on one or more County Death Review Committees;
  • Provide or deny consent for Tissue and Organ donation of the Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office jurisdiction cases when appropriate;
  • May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker as required;
  • Performs other duties as required.

Employment Standards
Considerable education and experience which would demonstrate the ability to perform the above tasks and the possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities.

Training and Experience Note: Possession of a Doctor of Medicine degree from an approved school of medicine;


A valid California Physicians and Surgeons license.

In addition, must meet the current National Association of Medical Examiners definition of "Forensic Pathologist" as follows: A physician who is certified in Forensic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology; orHas completed a training program in Forensic Pathology that is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (or its International equivalent) prior to 2006; orHas been officially "qualified for examination" in forensic pathology by the ABP*. *Strong preference will be given to candidates in possession of a valid board certificate in Forensic Pathology issued by the ABP. For those officially "qualified for examination" by the American Board of Pathology, a candidate should successfully complete the Board Certification process within two (2) years of appointment or face the possibility of being released from the position.

Special Requirements:

Possession of a valid California Driver's License prior to appointment and the ability to obtain and maintain a County Driver's Authorization.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and techniques of pathology;
  • Uses of specialized equipment and instruments required in the practice of pathology;
  • Legal implications of facts obtained during autopsies and field investigations.
Ability to:
  • Apply the principles and techniques of pathology;
  • Use specialized equipment and instruments required during the practice of pathology;
  • Plan and direct the work of others;
  • Ability to express facts clearly, both orally and in writing;
  • Qualify as an expert witness and testify effectively in civil depositions, preliminary hearings, and jury trials;
  • Perform autopsies on the weekends.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Special Instructions

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Job Address

San Jose, California 95110 United States View Map