Electron Microscopy Technologist I/II/III

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Electron Microscopy Technologist I/II/III

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Category: Allied Health

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston

Requisition #: 230001AG

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

Once you join us you wont want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Summary:

Participates in the day-to-day operations of the laboratory with regard to Electron Microscopy specimen processing. Provides quality preparation 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.

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.

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

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

  4. Prepares ultra-thin sections for ultrastructural screening by EM staff.

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

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

  7. Performs basic troubleshooting of errors associated with instrument failures

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

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

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

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

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

  13. Responds to emergency situations

  14. Performs other duties as assigned


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

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree in biology or chemistry.

Minimum Experience:

One (1) year of laboratory experience. Experience in clinically based laboratory preferred.

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

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.


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