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Electron Microscopy Lab Coordinator Duties

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This is responsible, professional, administrative, technical, and supervisory work of a highly specialized nature in an electron microscope laboratory.

Work involves the responsibility for proper utilization and maintenance of a variety of electron microscopes and other laboratory equipment. Work also involves coordinating, supervising, and scheduling research activities in the laboratory. Work is performed with considerable independence and is reviewed through conferences and by the observation of results obtained.


Supervises the operations of the electron microscope laboratory consisting of instructing and training personnel concerning techniques of electron microscope utilization.

Consults with investigators on the feasibility of research projects and gives advice on the best procedures of specimen preparation; assists with the interpretation of results obtained. Schedules and coordinates research activities in the lab.

Performs routine tests on electron microscopes to determine their resolving power; disassembles, cleans, aligns, and tunes instruments for optimum resolving power.

Prepares critically important test specimens to determine the performance level of the instrument.

Calibrates the electron microscopes for magnification values.

Prepares delicate films for supporting specimens viewed in the electron microscope.

Prepares specimens for electron microscopy, using techniques of vetrathin sectioning of plastic-embedded materials as well as shadowing specimens with metal vaporized in a vacuum.

Does photographic printing from plate negatives; makes lantern slides.

Supervises and implements proper maintenance of laboratory equipment to insure optimum performance.

Directs the purchase of supplies and equipment.

Performs independent and complex research for unusual types of equipment needed for applications in projects.

Improvises special devises for research projects.

Instructs laboratory personnel in the use of high vacuum equipment.

Trains graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, technicians, and other related personnel to operate and align electron microscopes, to evaluate their performance levels, and gives advice and assistance for obtaining the best performance from the instruments.

Assists with the preparation of professional papers on research results for publication.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in microbiology, chemistry, biology, or a related area; and thorough experience in laboratory work, including considerable experience in electron microscope work or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Extensive knowledge of the procedures and techniques used in an electron microscope laboratory.

Extensive knowledge of chemistry and biology.

Thorough knowledge of special electron microscope techniques.

Thorough knowledge of the principles of electron theory.

Some knowledge of the research being performed.

Ability to exercise independent judgement in the choice of electron microscope techniques to be used.

Ability to coordinate and supervise activities of a laboratory.

Ability to perform tasks requiring a high degree of finger dexterity.

Ability to train others in the use of the equipment in the electron microscope laboratory.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, investigators, subordinates, and others who use the laboratory.



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