EM Sample Prep Technician (Extended Temporary Employment)

Tucson, AZ
Jan 16, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



AZ Rsch Labs-Interdisciplinary

Department Website Link:



Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The office for Research, Innovation & Impact (RII) invites applications for an EM Sample Prep Technician in an extended temporary employment position to work in the campus' central biological transmission electron microscope (TEM) laboratory. The TEM laboratory is part of RII Imaging Cores at the University of Arizona that are dedicated to research, instructional, industrial, and clinical applications. The Imaging Cores: Life Sciences North facility is located at the University of Arizona Health Sciences campus. The biological TEM facility provides investigators access to transmission electron microscopy (Thermo Fisher Tecnai Spirit Twin) equipment, ultramicrotomes and expertise in sample preparation and interpretation - in an atmosphere of stimulating advanced research training, scientific inquiry, collaboration, and outreach. Services in the electron microscopy facility include sample preparation for biological EM imaging, TEM imaging, and immuno-EM. The EM Sample Prep Technician's primary responsibility will be to prepare biological samples for TEM imaging using standard techniques including resin embedding, ultramicrotomy, and immuno-EM. The EM Sample Prep Technician will work closely with the TEM facility manager and facility users to prepare samples for EM imaging. Users of this facility include UArizona faculty, postdocs, students, and external clients.
This is an Extended Temporary Employment (ETE) position.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

·Prepares samples or assists users in TEM sample preparation techniques including resin embedding, ultramicrotomy, and immuno-EM for viewing and analysis with a TEM
·Orders chemicals and maintains sample prep chemical inventory. Keeps lab organized and sets up efficient sample prep workflow.
·Screens samples with TEM to evaluate sample prep procedures
·Communicates (oral/written) results to facility users and scientific community when appropriate
·Administrative tasks include tracking sample preparation projects and services billing
·Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, skills & abilities:
·Knowledge of a variety of tissue types and their ultrastructure, normal vs pathological
·Able to quickly learn new lab skills
·Excellent oral/written communication and skills
·Organizational and computer skills

Minimum Qualifications:

·Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, or related field
·One year of relevant work experience

Preferred Qualifications:

·Experience in standard sample preparation techniques including resin embedding, ultramicrotomy, and immuno-EM·Experience in using a biological TEM



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:

$37,506-$52,000 DOE

Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



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Job Family:

Researchers & Scientists

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Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Brooke Beam Massani, [email protected], 520-621-3395

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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