Open Rank Lecturer of Pathology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

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Type: Full-Time
Posted: 05/05/2023
Category: Physicians

Posting Number

Employment Type: Faculty

Faculty Type

Hiring Department
Pathology (254B)

Academic Location
School of Medicine

Benefits Eligible
The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for more information.

Position Summary

The Department of Pathology at the University of New Mexico is seeking two (2) forensic pathologist assistants who will serve on the Lecturer track, to join ten (10) board certified forensic pathologists at the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator. These individuals will perform medicolegal and hospital autopsies, teach medical students, pathology residents and forensic pathology fellows, supervise autopsy technicians, and oversee the autopsy suite operations, as well as identify problem areas and recommend changes to workflow.  These individuals will participate in the orientation and training of new autopsy technicians, and perform autopsy prosections (Virchow and Rokitansky), as well as external examinations.  This individual will act as a key contact person for pathologists, autopsy staff, and the OMI Operations Director. 

The Office of the Medical Investigator is a statewide, centralized, academically based medicolegal death investigative agency for New Mexico. This agency investigates approximately 10,000 of the 19,500 deaths that occur each year in New Mexico and performs approximately 2,000 autopsies and 2,500 whole body CT exams each year.  The office has been NAME accredited since 1976. When fully staffed, the pathologist caseload is compliant with NAME phase I standards.  Detailed death investigation data (1977-present) is recorded in an electronic database.  The office occupies a state-of-the-art facility completed in 2010 including a fully Biosafety Level-3 autopsy laboratory that houses both CT and MR Scanners.  New faculty will be trained in the incorporation of imaging technology into daily practice. The office has faculty providing expertise in neuropathology, anthropology, odontology, epidemiology, and radiology and forensic imaging.  The OMI forensic pathology fellowship program has 4 slots/year and has trained 100 fellows who are in practice throughout the US and internationally.


Minimum qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from a NAACLS accredited Pathologists’ Assistant program; or Bachelor’s degree from a NAACLS accredited Pathologists’ Assistant program and 3 years of directly-related experience
  • Must be ASCP-PA certified or eligible for certification within 1 year of employment
  • Eligible to work in the US.

Desirable qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated expertise and/or training as a Pathologists’ Assistant
  • Previous experience working at an academic institution 
  • Previous experience teaching residents
  • Previous experience supervising staff
  • Previous experience overseeing autopsy suite
  • Knowledge of all federal and state laws, regulations, guidelines, and standards pertaining to the conduct of forensic/medical investigations
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

Application Instructions

Only applications submitted through
the official UNMJobs site will be accepted. If you are viewing this job advertisement on a 3rd party site, please
visit UNMJobs
 to submit an application.

In addition to completing the UNMJobs required information, a complete application will include a CV and cover letter/letter of interest.  The cover letter must address each requirement or qualification and how it relates to the position. The application materials must include the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references; candidates will be consulted before references are contacted. Additionally, this position may be subject to criminal records screening in accordance with New Mexico law. If criminal records screening is mandated, clearance by the New Mexico Department of Health is required as a condition of employment.
For additional information, visit our web site at: or contact Ruth Kief, Operations Manager, Department of Pathology, telephone: 505 272-9877, email:

For Best Consideration
For best consideration, please apply by 5/20/2023. This position will remain open until filled.


The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.


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