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Electron Microscopy Tech Duties

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This is technical work of a specialized nature preparing material for use in an electron microscope laboratory.

Work involves preparing tissue for viewing under an electron microscope and learning to operate and maintain the electron microscope. Work is performed under the direct supervision of an investigator or trained technician and is reviewed in progress and upon completion.


Trims and orients biological tissue; prepares fixative; fixes tissue in osmic acid or other fixative.

Dehydrates tissue; embeds tissue in plastic.

Cuts thick sections and stains them so that a trained technician or an investigator can scan and choose sections for thin sectioning.

Cuts ultrathin sections by use of a specially designed microtome.

Prepares grids by coating them with a thin membrane and a fine film of carbon by use of a high vacuum machine, places sections on grids, and then places grids on the electron microscope.

Assists in developing, enlarging, and processing of micrographs.

Performs routine duties involving care and cleaning of electron microscope laboratory and ancillary equipment.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a standard high school, preferably supplemented by college level courses in biology or a related field; experience in laboratory work, preferably in a histology laboratory; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

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

Some knowledge of chemistry and biology.

Ability to learn to operate and maintain the electron microscope.

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

Ability to adapt to new procedures concerning work in the electron microscope laboratory.

Ability to learn to develop, enlarge, and process micrographs.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors and other employees.



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