Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Laboratory Assistant 1 Part-Time (24 hours/Week)

Recruitment #220801-5237HN-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 recruiting for one (1) part-time Laboratory Assistant 1 position to work 24 hours per week: Saturday, Sunday, Monday 4:00pm to 12:00pm. (Holiday coverage is also required).  The Laboratory Assistant 1 position at OCME is part of the essential operations of the statewide death investigation system through telecommunications and laboratory support.  The incumbent in this position:

  • Answers incoming calls and inputs and/or edits cases into a computerized system;
  • Coordinates removal, transport and release of bodies with funeral homes or hospitals;
  • Acts as liaison to police departments, hospitals and physicians;
  • Types and assembles related paperwork;
  • Checks and documents personal property and evidence;
  • Relays information to the public;
  • Assists with preparing bodies for identification; 
  • May operate basic laboratory equipment;
  • May prepare simple solutions and reagents;
  • May be required to properly handle evidence;
  • Prepares biological samples for transportation to outside laboratories;
  • Assists with procedures in the in-house histology and anthropology laboratories;
  • Transports biological evidence to and from OCME;
  • Performs related duties as required.
The individual in this role will be required to handle deceased human remains and body fluids and will be exposed to emotional situations over the telephone and from time to time, in person.  Also, individuals may be exposed to unpleasant odors.

Note:  In addition to the checking of references and facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation will be completed before the candidate is certified for appointment.

Selection Plan

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  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. 

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign onto their Personal Status Board daily to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process. 

All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to

Should you have questions pertaining to any phase of this recruitment, please contact the hiring agency's human resources office:, 860-679-3982.

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


In a state health, academic or diagnostic laboratory this class is accountable for receiving training in and performing with increasing independence routine technical laboratory work with emphasis on solution and sample preparation or performing processing and laboratory functions for investigated cases.


Receives training in basic technical laboratory procedures and techniques; prepares simple solutions, stains, culture media and/or reagents according to written instructions; prepares specimens and/or samples for examinations; maintains records of work performed; may perform simple and routine tests and examinations under supervision; performs related duties as required.


Answers incoming calls and inputs and/or edits cases into computerized system; coordinates removal, transport and release of bodies with funeral homes or hospitals; acts as liaison to police departments, hospitals, physicians and Assistant Medical Examiners; types and assembles related paperwork; checks and documents personal property and evidence; relays information to public; assists with preparing bodies for identification; may clean and sterilize glassware, utensils and laboratory instruments; may operate basic laboratory equipment; may prepare simple solutions and reagents; performs related duties as required.


Some knowledge of laboratory equipment, procedures, techniques and terminology; some knowledge of medical terminology; interpersonal skills; ability to carry out written and oral instructions; ability to apply policies and procedures; some typing ability; ability to carry out simple calculations and keep simple technical records; manual dexterity.


One (1) year of experience in a laboratory or medical setting.


Graduation from high school with courses in mathematics and science may be substituted for the General Experience.


  • Proficiency with medical terminology.  
  • Work-related proficiency using a multiline telephone.
  • Proficiency using MS Office, including Excel, and Adobe Acrobat.


Incumbents in this class must be willing to undergo periodic tests or immunizations for communicable diseases as necessary.


Incumbents in this class may occasionally be required to lift standard laboratory equipment and supplies, 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.



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

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