WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Forensic Anthropology Coordinator

2 weeks ago(1/5/2018 12:31 PM)
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N/A - Grant funded for two years


Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is recruiting for a two-year, grant funded Forensic Anthropology Coordinator.  In this role, one would be expected to assist the pathology department by supporting the director of the body donation program, participating in forensic anthropology cases, and assist with processing, preserving, and documenting skeletons for analysis and research.  Strong communication skills as well as the ability to work calmly under pressure are critical to success in this position.


  • Assist the Director of the Body Donation Program.
  • 24 hour on-call for the Body Donation Program.
  • Participate in forensic anthropology cases including facilitation of human identification and trauma analysis by forensic anthropologists
  • Obtain records required for identification
  • Processing and reconstruction of skeletal elements.
  • Skeletal photography and radiography.
  • Radiography of human remains
  • Participate in processing, preserving, and documenting skeletons for analysis and research.
  • Enter case information into various software applications utilized by the Office of the Medical Examiner.
  • Participate in human remains recoveries for the Office of the Medical Examiner.
  • Participate in research projects underway in the Department of Pathology.
  • Attend daily morning meetings with the Office of the Medical Examiner.
  • Availability to work occasional weekends or evenings to complete time sensitive projects.
  • Acquires knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions.
  • All other duties as assigned.



  • Master’s Degree in Anthropology with an emphasis in Human Skeletal Biology and Forensic Anthropology   


  • Master’s of Arts or Master’s of Science
  • Valid Driver’s license with driving record required for use of WMed vehicle  


  • Ability to communicate effectively and compassionately with the public regarding body donation and medical examiner cases.
  • Training and application of comparative medical radiography in a medicolegal setting.
  • Training and application of skeletal analysis in a medicolegal setting.
  • Training and application of trauma analysis in a medioclegal setting.
  • Demonstrates the ability to recognize priorities in organization of work flow.
  • Able to perform duties independently, with a minimal need for direct supervision.

About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine


As one of the newer US medical schools, WMed is an exciting environment to pursue an academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University, which ranks among the 50 largest colleges and universities and among the top 100 national public doctoral universities in the US, and Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. The program leading to the MD degree was accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in 2012, and the inaugural class began in 2014. The School of Medicine Clinics are housed in a modern 60,000 square foot clinical building on the Oakland Drive Campus and are accredited by The Joint Commission with recognition by National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. The 350,000 square foot educational building on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo underwent a $68 million renovation and expansion project including a state-of-the-art Simulation Center. In 2016, an additional $10 million expansion created two floors supporting clinical and laboratory research, and the Innovation Center on the Parkview Campus became part of the medical school. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in eight residencies and two fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). WMed is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for continuing medical education.


Kalamazoo is a wonderful and vibrant city, located midway between Chicago and Detroit. It is a short distance from Lake Michigan, and home to two nationally ranked institutions of higher learning, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. Kalamazoo is known for its community focus and emphasis on access to quality education at all levels. The Kalamazoo Promise is a nationally renowned program in which graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools receive free tuition to attend public and private colleges in Michigan. At the other end of the educational continuum, the Kalamazoo Ready 4s program ensures that every 4-year-old in Kalamazoo County has the opportunity to attend a high-quality pre-kindergarten program, regardless of ability to pay. Kalamazoo and Michigan provide extensive entertainment and recreational activities, including opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, unique restaurants and shops, and a strong culture supporting the arts.


Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace.

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