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Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Health Care
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Industry Healthcare - Health Services
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Job ID 884716

Job Description

Would you like to take your career in Forensic Pathology to the next level? The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is seeking a dynamic and accomplished FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST III/IV at the Coroners Bureau to fill a future vacancy in Indio!

The Coroner Bureau operates out of two facilities in Southern California, in the cities of Perris and Indio servicing the County of Riverside with a population of over 2 million. In 2012 the Coroner Bureau, which includes four full time forensic pathologists and three part time forensic pathologists, performed approximately 1325 forensic autopsies in addition to external examination 'consultations,' with ancillary support provided by an on site anthropologist, contract odontologist and contract neuropathologist.

The selected candidate, under general direction, performs autopsies and other professional work in forensic pathology to determine the cause and time of death; testifies in court, and performs other work as required.

In addition to a competitive salary, Riverside County offers an outstanding benefits package. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision, paid annual leave, CalPERS retirement, monthly medical flex benefit, long term disability, life insurance, deferred compensation, (12) paid holidays, and bereavement leave.

This specialized classification is allocated to the Coroner's Office of the Sheriff's Department and reports to the Chief Forensic Pathologist. The Forensic Pathologist III classification is an underfill for the Forensic Pathologist IV classification. An incumbent at the III level has the necessary experience to provide the full range of forensic pathology duties; however, a III level incumbent is Board eligible for certification, whereas the IV level possesses Board Certification in Forensic Pathology. A Forensic Pathologist III incumbent is promoted to a Forensic Pathologist IV when proof of Board Certification as a Forensic Pathologist is provided to the Department.

SALARY RANGE: (Figures are based on approximate annual pay and qualification requirements):

Forensic Pathologist III: Board eligible: $160,637 - $193,656 annually

Forensic Pathologist IV: Board certified: $169,424. - $227,273 annually
 EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES:• Performs autopsies and evaluates historical and law-enforcement investigative information in order to establish cause and time of death and whether death was due to natural causes, accident, suicide, homicide, or is undetermined.

• Collects medical evidence such as trace evidence and secretions; performs chemical and/or microscopic examination of tissues and fluids, and submits samples of body fluids, tissues and other findings to laboratories for toxicology and clinical laboratory examination when analysis may be required.

• Prepares detailed reports of findings, confers with judicial and law enforcement personnel and assists in interpreting autopsy findings for the purpose of reconstructing events leading to suspected homicides or suicides.

• Signs death certificates, gives testimony at inquests, Coroner Review processes, and in court trials.

• Keeps informed of current techniques, procedures and equipment in forensic pathology; conducts special research projects as assigned.

Job Requirements

Certificate Required: Possession of a valid Physician's and Surgeon's Certificate issued by the State of California


Forensic Pathologist III Level: Eligible for certification in Forensic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology.


Forensic Pathologist IV Level: Possession of certification in Forensic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology.

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of modern medicine and techniques of autopsy; statues, ordinances, regulations and medicolegal issues related to Coroner's Bureau; the current and highly specialized techniques, investigative procedures and equipment applicable to forensic pathology including the applicability of toxicology, ballistics/firearm examination, trace evidence, forensic serology, forensic anthropology, and DNA technology; rules and regulations applicable to court testimony.

Ability to: Perform highly skilled post-mortem examinations; review and evaluate complex investigations, autopsy reports and other specific findings to establish the cause of death; communicate effectively and serve as an expert witness in a court of law, inquests, and legal proceedings; write and effectively interpret comprehensive reports; establish and maintain effective relationships with others.
Work Performance Measures

• Gains confidence of County staff, judicial agencies, legal representatives, the media and the public.

• Viewed as medicolegal expert in Forensic Pathology.

• Demonstrates integrity and professional standards.

• Answers technical questions in appropriate format for audience whether jury or a medicolegal expert.

• Follows the policies, procedures, standards and controls established by the Chief Forensic Pathologist.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates should submit a detailed resume in MS Word format clearly describing all experience, education, and qualifications via e-mail to [Click Here to Email Your Resumé].

All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of both a pre-employment physical exam, including a drug/alcohol test, and a criminal background investigation, which involves fingerprinting, completion of an extensive background packet, and polygraph examination. (A felony or misdemeanor conviction may disqualify the applicant from County employment).

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Lucinda Meulenberg directly at (951) 955-8586 or via email at [Click Here to Email Your Resumé].

This position is open until filled

This posting can be removed at anytime, without notice, due to volume of applicant response.


Read this posting for special application instructions. Unless otherwise stated, use our resume builder to submit your resume, or select 'Apply' on this page. For specific questions regarding this position, contact [Click Here to Email Your Resumé] at 888-564-6773.

All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment physical exam, including a drug/alcohol test, and a criminal background investigation, including fingerprinting. (A felony or misdemeanor conviction may disqualify the applicant from County employment).

Required Probationary Period - As an Approved Local Merit System, the County of Riverside requires all new regular or seasonal employees to serve an initial probationary period, the duration of which is indicated in the applicable Memorandum of Understanding, County Resolution, or Salary Ordinance. Temporary and Per Diem employees serve at the pleasure of the agency/department head.

The County of Riverside is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the County of Riverside to provide employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, or denial of medical and family care leave, or any other non job-related factor.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS - The County of Riverside is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter for the position noted above. For additional information and/or to obtain the appropriate form for requesting a reasonable accommodation , please visit the Disability Access Office web page located at:

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