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Class Code: 317E
Category: Health Care


Perform gamete incubation, insemination, embryo culture, cryopreservation and other techniques in human in vitro fertilization. Conduct embryo toxicity testing. Maintain laboratory records and assist in research.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, review and evaluate viability of human gametes; prepare and inseminate human eggs; culture, evaluate and prepare fertilized eggs for transfer; record and summarize data in support of research.

Typical Work

Identify and retrieve human eggs from follicular fluid aspirations;

Evaluate eggs for maturity;

Prepare semen for fertilization; perform a variety of sperm viability enhancement techniques;

Perform in vitro fertilization of human gametes;

Perform microinjection techniques;

Determine successful fertilization; select and prepare embryos for transfer;

Perform cryopreservation of remaining embryos;

Maintain clinical records;

Assist in research by implementing protocols and analyzing data;

Prepare and test all media used with human gametes;

Assist in identifying and testing new procedures and/or equipment;

May prepare and maintain laboratory equipment; order supplies; order and maintain mice; conduct mouse embryo toxicity tests;

May present patient data at daily rounds;

May assist in orienting and/or training other staff and/or residents;

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor's Degree in a scientific field


One year of experience as a Clinical Embryologist Trainee or equivalent

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 10/22/90
Revise Class: 11-12-93
Revised new class code: (formerly 6456) effective July 1, 2007