Under general supervision, performs routine and advanced electron
microscope (transmission and/or scanning) laboratory procedures
related to the processing of specimens used for clinical and research
purposes. Maintains laboratory equipment and trains others in such
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. Performs specialized photomicrography techniques. Develops and
prints photographic negatives.
4. Performs specialized techniques such as immunochemistry,
energy-dispersive micro-analysis, specialized molecular biology,
5. Assists research investigators to develop or modify technologies
to suit specific research needs related to electron microscopy.
6. Maintains electron microscopes including basic troubleshooting as
well as ancillary equipment.
7. Maintains records and files of specimens prepared and
photographed; maintains level of supplies in laboratory.
8. Performs laboratory safety procedures and ensures compliance with
quality control standards.
9. Assist in the supervision and/or training of lower level
technicians and students.
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: Six years in electron microscope laboratory procedures.
Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and techniques of performing
electron microscope procedures. Comprehensive 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;
to communicate effectively. Ability to demonstrate electron
microscope techniques to others.
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