Job Description

Job Title: Electron Microscopy Technician
Job ID: 701765
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Presbyterian
Department: Lab Electron Microscop
Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213


UPMC Presbyterian is excited to be hiring an Electron Microscopy Technician! This position would be scheduled Monday through Friday daylight shifts. 

In this role you would ensure the safe and efficient operation of the EM / Renal Lab, while processing specimens from all age-related groups for evaluation by electron microscopy or other diagnostic procedures.

  • Access EM laboratory specimens into Client Server Plus.
  • Assist in maintaining a teaching file of blocks, grids, digital image CDs and slides for resident training.
  • Cut frozen sections and perform immunofluorescence staining of kidney biopsies, skin biopsies, and other tissue.
  • Develop new methods and procedures under the guidance of the EM Lab Supervisor for improving patient care, diagnosis and/ or updating techniques.
  • Evaluate and divide incoming renal specimens into portions for EM, IF, and Histology.
  • Instruct pathology residents in techniques used in EM / Renal laboratory.
  • Maintain a specimen log, all necessary records and files, a bank of frozen tissue for immunofluorescence, and tissue on hold for electron microscopy.
  • Maintain the laboratory in compliance with all CAP, OSHA, and JCAHO safety standards as defined by the regulatory agencies and the hospital safety committee.
  • Manage quality control of specimens.
  • Presume on call all day.
  • Proceed to the Ultrasound suite or other procedure area to collect specimens which may involve direct patient contact and requires handling of biohazard tissues and fluids.
  • Process specimens for EM including, preparation and staining of thick and ultrathin sections, scoping, digital imaging, solution making, and general lab maintenance.


  • B.S. degree in Chemistry or Biology with some experience in an Anatomic Pathology lab is preferred. 
  • Associates degree in Chemistry or Biology, with at least 2 years of experience in an Anatomic Pathology lab will be considered. 
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered. 
  • Manual dexterity and good hand/eye coordination are essential. 
  • Ability to handle very tiny specimens while performing detailed techniques is necessary. 
  • 12 hours of continuing education required

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $19.70 to $32.88

Union Position: No

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