Anatomical Embalmer (Academic Affairs)

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Anatomical Embalmer (Academic Affairs)

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Category: Allied Health

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston

Requisition #: 240001HW

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

Preferred skills:

A high level of interpersonal, problem solving, oral and written communication skills are a must to effectively collaborate with faculty, students and various project teams.

Ability to multi-task and to utilize critical thinking

Excellent phone etiquette and customer service skills are essential.

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Summary:

Provides assistance for the operation and maintenance of the Human Structure Facility, including but not limited to taking calls, scientific embalmment of remains, preparing remains for in-house labs and shipment to other facilities, cremation & return or scattering of cremains. Responsible for maintaining sufficient supplies & equipment; coordinating with contracted vendors on any specific transfer or other special requests; maintaining databases; performing support functions for administration and supervisors, faculty, and students; and basic maintenance and/or coordination with the departments.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  • Embalms, maintains and assigns cadavers for biomedical research, gross anatomy teaching and medical training.

  • Receives, embalms, and maintains cadavers for teaching and research purposes.

  • Performs cleaning, sterilization and custodial duties in the embalming room and gross anatomy work area

  • Maintains an adequate level of embalming supplies, monitors loans of anatomical materials to students and faculty.

  • Ensures a constant supply of cadavers to satisfy the training and research needs of various departments.

  • Responsible for initial contact with the family and ultimate acceptance of the deceased when on call.

  • Responsible to cremate the remains and return to the decedent's family or scatter at the sea.

  • Maintains data entry, i.e. cadaver receipt forms, new cadavers, location of specimens, cremations, and etc. on a daily basis.

  • Responsible for cadaver transfers, for deliveries and pick-up specimens.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Licensed Embalmer required. A high level of interpersonal, problem solving, oral and written communication skills are a must to effectively collaborate with faculty, students and various project teams.

  • Ability to multi-task and to utilize critical thinking.

  • Excellent phone etiquette and customer service skills are essential.

  • Knowledge of medical and surgical terminology.

  • Meticulous attention to detail.

Minimum Education:

Graduation from an accredited school of mortuary sciences.

Minimum Experience:

One (1) year experience in embalming practices and procedures required.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds frequently and/or up to 20 pounds constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

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