Under direct supervision, performs routine electron microscope
procedures related to the processing of specimens used for clinical
and research purposes.
1. Prepares specimens for observation under an electron microscope
using specialized techniques such as negative staining, metal
evaporation, and freeze etching.
2. Makes glass knives; uses and maintains diamond knives. Cuts and
trims tissue to microscope dimensions using ultramicrotome.
3. Places specimens into an electron microscope for examination;
photographs areas of interest.
4. Develops and prints photographic negatives.
5. Cleans and maintains the basic parts of electron microscopes
(filament area, specimen holder, etc.) as well as ancillary
6. Maintains records and files of specimens prepared and
photographed; maintains level of supplies in the laboratory.
Note: The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a
representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of
this job. Incumbents perform other related duties assigned. Specific
duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.
EDUCATION: High School Diploma or GED.
EXPERIENCE: Four years in electron microscopic laboratory procedures.
Thorough knowledge of the principles and techniques of performing
electron microscope procedures. Thorough knowledge of and ability to
adhere to safety guidelines established by OSHA/MOSHA and the Electron
Microscope Society of America. Skill and ability to operate, record
images, clean, and maintain basic parts of electron microscopes and
ancillary equipment; to manipulate, cut and/or trim specimens and
extremely small objects using special equipment and manipulators; to
prepare glass knives used in electron microscopy; to develop and print
negatives from recorded electron microscope images.
OTHER: Except for qualifications established by law, additional
related experience and formal education in which one has gained the
knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the
work of the job class may be substituted for the education or
experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college
credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT