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UT Health Electron Microscopy Technologist II in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Electron Microscopy Technologist II

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Allied Health

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Requisition #: 2100032C

Position Summary:

Participates in the day-to-day operations of the laboratory with regard to Electron Microscopy specimen processing. Provides quality preparation and ultrastructural screening of diagnostic biopsies for clinical electron microscopy examination according to departmental procedures utilizing a specialized skill set and knowledge. Supports continuous improvement of laboratory services ensuring timely and high quality results for ultrastructural pathological diagnosis.

Location: Texas Medical Center

Dept.: Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Status: Full-Time

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Performs supportive duties, providing direction to wide range of clinical staff to assure efficient, high quality test results; instructs physicians and nurses in proper collection of procedures for specimens and correct handling of request forms. Provides training for clinical and research faculty and to medical residents while on rotation in electron microscopy laboratory

  2. Screens and digitally captures patient biopsies under electron microscope to aid in pathological diagnosis for staff pathologist. Screens wide range of specimens: kidney, nerve, muscle, skin, blood, tumors, etc.

  3. Conducts clinical and research testing in a clinical laboratory setting to provide professional and technical medical support to staff physicians

  4. Processes and embeds patient biopsies received for electron microscopy.

  5. Prepares whole peripheral blood for isolation of buffy coat received from Hematology.

  6. Performs ultramicrotomy to prepare semi-thin sections on a wide range of specimens: kidney, nerve, muscle, skin, blood, tumors, etc.

  7. Prepares ultra-thin sections for ultrastructural screening

  8. Provides nerve teasing preparation for staff neuropathologist.

  9. Complies with all departmental SOPs and adheres to all rules and protocols

  10. Performs daily QC on all patient biopsy slides and grids

  11. Maintains proper working order of highly specialized Electron Microscopy instrumentation used for performing laboratory procedures while maintaining instrumentation logs and reports regarding equipment service, repairs, etc.

  12. Performs advanced troubleshooting of errors associated with instrument failures

  13. Utilizing SOP, prepares and performs QC of various solutions and reagents assuring laboratory is well stocked at all times ensuring quality Electron Microscopy Testing.

  14. Assists with quality control standards in the laboratory

  15. Identifies any problems that may adversely affect performance of ultrastructural results and immediately notifies management team

  16. Maintains a secure proper filing system for all logs, records, digital images, semi-thins, and ultrathins.

  17. Helps maintain gross tissue storage area and assists in discarding tissue per established policy.

  18. Maintains laboratory in a clean, functional state as well as cleaning or performing scheduled equipment and instrument /calibration / certifications, as required

  19. Responds to emergency situations

  20. Performs other duties as assigned


American Society of Clinical Pathologists HT (ASCP) certification preferred.

Skilled in electron microscope operations, recognition of ultrastructural pathology, digital acquisition, ultramircotomy, and diagnostic specimen processing.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree in biology or chemistry.

Minimum Experience:

Three (3) years of related experience required.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

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