Classification and Compensation

IOWA STATE BOARD OF REGENTS
REGENTS MERIT SYSTEM

Class Title: ELECTRON MICROSCOPE TECHNICIAN II
Class Code: 3272
Pay Grade: 411

General Class Description

Under general supervision, prepares and photographs materials on the electron microscope, cleans and maintains the microscope, and provides functional supervision for the electron microscope laboratory.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Receives, labels, and catalogues tissue specimens. 
  2. Prepares specimens, trims and shapes to proper dimensions; prepares replicas for viewing. 
  3. Sections specimens with hand instruments, microtome, and ultratome; stains specimens with color or optical stains, retrims sections to smaller dimensions, and restains specimens with metal stain to absorb electrons. 
  4. Operates electron microscope to photograph sections; develops pictures and makes enlargements. 
  5. Prepares all solutions and fixatives used in the above processes, and maintains records and files on tissues examined. 
  6. Provides functional supervision to other laboratory personnel engaged in the performance of all or parts of the duties noted above. 
  7. Partially disassembles the electron microscope, cleans and performs minor maintenance and adjustments. 
  8. Assists people in operating instruments, and provides suggestions as to proper usage. 
  9. Attends conferences and workshops to keep abreast of developments in the field. 

Class Specifications

  1. Four years of laboratory work, which includes at least two years of experience using histological techniques, or any combination of laboratory experience and post-high school education in the physical or natural sciences from which comparable knowledge and ability can be acquired,
  2. and One year of experience as an Electron Microscope Technician I or experience comparable thereto
>The tasks listed under the heading of Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities are examples of the variety and general nature of duties performed by employees in positions allocated in the class. The list is descriptive only and should be used for no other purpose. It is not intended that any position include every duty listed nor is it intended that related duties cannot be required. .
Revision Effective: 1974-06-28
The tasks listed under the heading of Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities are examples of the variety and general nature of duties performed by employees in positions allocated in the class. The list is descriptive only and should be used for no other purpose. It is not intended that any position include every duty listed nor is it intended that related duties cannot be required.
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