Founded in 2018 in the heart of downtown St. Louis, Ponce Health Sciences University is answering a need for more healthcare professionals by preparing more students for jobs with a world-class, culturally-competent education. Whether you’re an aspiring doctor or psychologist, PHSU St. Louis is focused on helping our students reach their professional goals. Ponce Health Sciences University’s history dates back to its founding in 1977 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. We’ve been expanding our prestigious health sciences offerings since, with a focus on graduate medical programs. With campuses now in Ponce, San Juan, and St. Louis, we’re expanding our global network while staying committed to preparing students for real-world healthcare careers and clinical situations.


The mission of Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) is to provide a world-class, culturally-competent, health sciences education to the population we serve, through innovative adaptive learning environments focused on the success of its students to become ethical practitioners and scientists.


The PHSU vision is to build on its reputation as a prestigious academic and research leader educating underrepresented diverse populations while focusing research efforts on solving global health disparities.


St. Louis has begun its development of a new School of Medicine (opening Fall 2022) as part of an multi-million educational investment in north St. Louis that includes a new hospital. The new campus could support up to 1,200 students and create 120 new staff and faculty jobs in St. Louis. With the expansion of our medical program in St. Louis, we will put action behind our vision of providing real education and research opportunities in a community dedicated to addressing and impacting health disparities on local and national levels. PHSU is thrilled to continue our mission to give more students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds access to high-quality medical education and careers. PHSU St. Louis currently offers PsyD and MSMS programs.


This position is responsible for the overall procedures start to finish involving the supply, processing, care, and cleanup of cadavers for the purpose of teaching and instruction in gross anatomy as well as preparing, conducting, and cleaning for microbiology exercises for the School of Medicine and MSMS programs for the Department of Basic Sciences.

Principal Duties/Responsibilities: 
  • Receives, tags for identification, embalms, and stores human anatomical materials for academic and research usage.
  • Aids with maintenance of legal paperwork and documentation of all gifted bodies, according to the protocol established by the PR Board of Anatomical Donation.
  • Assists in the preparation and set-up of human gross anatomy classroom laboratory.
  • Coordinates transportation to the burial site. 
  • Cleans and sets up human anatomy laboratories for students. 
  • Maintains log and handling of hazardous or biomedical waste for the laboratory.
  • Maintains a safe, clean, laboratory environment conducive to the educational purpose.
  • Stocks the anatomy laboratory, secure, transport, lift, and move cadavers.
  • Works with department chair, anatomy course director, faculty, staff, and students to ensure the smooth operation of the gross anatomy laboratory, including specimens, and mechanical equipment to promote the most efficient use of education time for students.
  • Tests and keeps log of air quality (temperature, humidity, and formalin content).
  • Maintains inventory of supplies.
  • Prepares preservative solutions.
  • Maintains Safety Data Sheets.
  • Maintains sharps containers and disposes biological waste in accordance with PHSU Safety protocols.
  • Maintains the stock and supply of first-aid kits in working order.
  • Cleans and sets-up human anatomy laboratories for students of the Medical and Behavioral and Brain Sciences Schools.
  • Sets up and takes down laboratory activities and participates in planning meetings; proctors laboratory exams.
  • Prepares for microbiology laboratory exercises including the following: keeping inventory materials, reagents, and microorganisms, preparing cultures, tests, and reactions, and assisting in room clean up and handling/disposal of contaminated material following lab sessions.
  • Supports faculty to run laboratory exercises.
  • Maintains the multiuser lab for course needs; coordinates the scheduling of lab activities and maintains order of scheduled use.
  • Other duties as assigned by the anatomical sciences division director.

COMPETENCIES: To perform the job successfully, an individual must be organized and on time, pay close attention to detail, strong in critical thinking, confidential, ethical, professional, and well-versed in safety protocols and OSHA regulations.


QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Listed below are the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required for this position, as well as the Physical Demands and Work Environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Minimum of a mortuary sciences technical degree, plus two (2)  years of related work experience. Funeral Directors and Embalmers License preferred.


Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have general knowledge of computers including Microsoft Office Applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Funeral Directors and Embalmers License preferred.


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