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Medical Technologist

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Syracuse
Posted on: June 9, 2021

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Summary

The Medical Technologist develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results. Performed in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as bacteriology, chemistry molecular biology, coagulation, flow cytometry, genetics hematology, immunology, immunohematology, mycology, parasitology, serology, urinalysis, and virology.

A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate.

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Responsibilities

Under close supervision, performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks of the medical laboratory technician occupation. In addition, performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles.

Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis taking into account physiologic processes and requirements.

Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment. Uses, calibrates, identifies

malfunctions, repairs, and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment. Diagnoses deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction.

Performs and documents quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to test

performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement.

Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace.

Identifies discrepancies, solves problems, and presents solutions.

Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors, which influence test results. Interprets results and suggests follow-up test selection or procedures.

Evaluates and implements new techniques and procedures in the laboratory in terms of equipment, method comparison, and establishment of reference intervals using statistical methods and theoretical knowledge. Interprets findings and makes recommendations.

Incorporates principles of educational methodology in the instruction and training of new employees and students and in the laboratory's in-service/continuing education program.

Communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member. Provides excellent

service as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, patients, and others).

Gives direction and guidance using underlying principles of laboratory testing.

Organizes work and sets priorities to meet deadlines.

Performs other related duties as assigned

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7am to 3:30pm with weekends on rotation.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/25/2021.

Basic Requirements:

  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education and/or Experience Combination. A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in medical

laboratory science, medical technology, clinical laboratory science or in related science (e.g., laboratory sciences such as chemistry,

biochemistry, biology, microbiology, immunology, etc.).

AND

Completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Note: Completion of this program after 1974 must have been accredited

by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education

Programs (CAAHGEP, formerly CAHEA), or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The professional curriculum

may have consisted of a post-baccalaureate certificate program or be integrated into a four-year program of study that culminated in a

baccalaureate degree.

OR

A bachelor's degree, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of

chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics,

AND

Two (2) years of post-certification clinical laboratory experience (e.g., blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology,

immunology, clinical microscopy, etc.) within the last ten (10) years as a certified Medical Laboratory Technician by the American

Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC), American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR) or

American Medical Technologist (AMT). This experience must include performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood

banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches

categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory.

OR,

  • Five (5) years of clinical laboratory experience within the last ten (10) years performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in

blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches

categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory.

Grade Determinations:

At the GS-07 level. All candidates will be evaluated based on the basic education/experience highlighted above.

At the GS-09 level. All candidates must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to

the position to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of professional MT principles, practices, concepts and theories providing for sound independent work,

laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement in order to manage reagent and

supply inventories and document control systems.

  • Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot and repair instrumentation.
  • Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments.
  • Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results.
  • Ability to read, interpret and apply complex written instructions.
  • Skilled in informatics, laboratory data flow and the understanding of laboratory processes.
  • Ability to communicate, consult and interact with other members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and

patient education.

References: VA Handbook 5005/72, Part II, Appendix G24.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-07 to GS-09.

Physical Requirements: Applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform the duties of the position. This position requires light carrying, walking, standing, kneeling, and working around machinery. Selected applicants must successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination and drug screening prior to being appointed.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

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