Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Special Investigator (Medical Examiner)

Recruitment #210901-7803AR-001


The State of Connecticut, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is a free-standing. modern facility located on the UCONN Health Center Campus in Farmington, CT.  The office is a state-wide medical examiner system charged with the investigation of sudden and unexpected deaths that, by statute, fall under our jurisdiction.

We are seeking two (2) full-time Special Investigators (ME) to work in our facility in Farmington, CT.   These positions are 40 hours week with every third weekend coverage and rotating holidays.  Applicants must be open to working any of the shifts (1st, 2nd, 3rd).  Shift assignments will be discussed during the recruitment process. Our agency operates 24/7/365 performing these sudden/explained death investigations. 

Incumbents in these roles will be required to:

  • Have knowledge of investigatory methods and techniques,
  • possess report writing experience and be knowledgeabloe of medical terminology required. 
  • Possess a valid Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and may be required to travel. 
  • Be physically fit to perform some lifting.
  • Be willing to undergo periodic tests or immunizations for communicable diseases as necessary. 

Individuals may be exposed to some risk of injury from such elements as toxic vapors or broken glass and may be exposed to disagreeable conditions including communicable infectious diseases.

Selection Plan

Applicants invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a resume, performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. 

Should you have questions pertaining to any phase of this recruitment, please contact the hiring agency's human resources office at 860-952-9054. 

NOTE:  The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

NOTE:  All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders  13F (3a) and 13G (3a) .


In a state agency or quasi-public entity this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in conducting investigations related to alleged violations of state laws and regulations or sudden and unexplained deaths.


Visit scenes of death; examine deceased bodies; review medical records; may serve as photographer in routine cases; conduct investigations related to sudden and/or unexplained deaths; interview witnesses, complainants, medical and hospital personnel  to obtain information; secure evidence in form of statements, documents, records and exhibits which may be used in administrative hearings and/or court proceedings; researches, collects and evaluates data; compile information; writes reports; answer public inquiries; may testify at hearings and in court; may secure samples for testing; may conduct legal research; perform related duties as required.


Knowledge of medical terminology; knowledge of investigatory methods and techniques; knowledge of relevant state laws and regulations; knowledge of relevant professional terminology; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; interviewing skills; ability to utilize computer software.


Five (5) years of investigatory experience in a medicolegal investigative agency, police or military setting involving sudden and/or unexplained deaths.


  1. College training in forensic science may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree. 
  2. A Master's degree in a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigations(ABMDI) Certification. 
  • Ability to adapt to high stress and traumatic situations.
  • Experience working in a medical examiner/coroner office.
  • Prior experience working in a medical setting.
  • Experience reviewing medical records/medical terminology.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, web based systems.
  • Experience writing investigative reports.


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to be a Notary Public.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.


In addition to the checking of references and facts stated in the application a thorough background investigation may be made before persons are certified for appointment.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to disagreeable conditions and occasionally lift bodies.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.