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

Work involves the responsibility for the preparation of materials for observation and the necessary cleaning, maintenance, and alignment of the electron microscope and ancillary equipment. Work also involves instructing staff members, students, and other technicians in the operation and maintenance of the microscope. Work is performed with considerable independence and is reviewed through conferences and by observation of results obtained.


Supervises the operations of the electron microscope laboratory; performs routine and special maintenance procedures on the electron microscope; instructs and trains others concerning techniques of electron microscope work.

Carries out special experimental procedures on living biological material.

Trims, orients, and fixes biological tissue; dehydrates and embeds tissue; cuts and stains thick sections by use of a specially designed microtome.

Prepares grids; places sections on grids; places grids on electron microscope; takes micrographs of the specimen; develops and produces enlargements.

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

Performs related work as required.


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

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

Considerable knowledge of chemistry and biology.

Considerable knowledge of special electron microscope techniques.

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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