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Electron Microscopy Tech Duties

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This is advanced technical work of a specialized nature in an electron microscope laboratory.

Work involves preparing tissue for viewing under an electron microscope and aligning and operating the microscope. Work is performed under the general supervision of an investigator or a technical supervisor and is reviewed by observation of results obtained.


Trims, orients, and fixes biological tissue; prepares fixatives and other solutions.

Dehydrates and embeds tissue.

Cuts and stains thick sections of tissue; scans and selects areas for thin sectioning.

Cuts ultrathin sections by use of a specially designed microtome.

Places grids on the electron microscope.

Takes routine or scanning micrographs of the specimen.

Develops and produces enlargements.

Cleans and maintains electron microscope.

Performs such special electron microscope procedures as preparation of whole specimens, autoradiography, and cytochemistry.

Trains other in the use of the electron microscope.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a standard high school, supplemented by college level courses in biology or a related subject; and considerable experience in laboratory work including experience in electron microscope work; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

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

Considerable knowledge of chemistry and biology.

Some knowledge of special electron microscope techniques.

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

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

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, subordinates, and others who use the electron microscope.



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