Electron Microscopy Tech Duties
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.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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
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
Performs related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
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.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
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
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
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.