Chief State Pathologist

Dublin, Leinster
On application
16 October 2020
05 November 2020
Position / level
Contract Type
Full Time


The Office of the State Pathologist (OSP) is an agency under the aegis of the Department of Justice, providing independent expert advice on all matters pertaining to forensic pathology.  The Office delivers a nationwide, 24/7, year round service throughout the Republic of Ireland. The main activity of the OSP is the performance of post mortem examinations in cases of sudden, unexplained death where a criminal or suspicious element is present. In approximately 15 – 20% of cases, this also involves a scene visit.

The Chief State Pathologist will lead the OSP through regular administrative meetings and interactions with all staff.  The successful candidate will be responsible for completing annual reports, risk registers and performance delivery agreements following oversight interactions with the Department of Justice.

The Chief State Pathologist will deal with complex policy and management issues, including press queries and parliamentary questions, and provide comprehensive and appropriate answers in a timely fashion. The appointee will show active leadership in forensic pathology through teaching, as well as mentoring and guiding the team of State Pathologists attached to the OSP.  In addition, the duties of the Chief State Pathologist include advising An Garda Síochána on all questions pertaining to or involving the science of forensic pathology.  

The closing date for receipt of completed applications: 3pm, Thursday 5th November, 2020.

This is a Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) position.

If you feel you would benefit from a confidential discussion, please contact John Keegan on

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We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and encourage applications under all nine grounds of the Employment Equality Act.

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