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
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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
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
Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and
biosecurity in the workplace.
Identifies discrepancies, solves problems, and presents
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
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
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
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
0644 Clinical Laboratory Science
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
- 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
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all
requirements by the closing date of this announcement,
- 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
biochemistry, biology, microbiology, immunology, etc.).
Completion of a medical technology clinical practice program.
Note: Completion of this program after 1974 must have been
by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory
Sciences (NAACLS), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
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
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,
Two (2) years of post-certification clinical laboratory
experience (e.g., blood banking, chemistry, hematology,
immunology, clinical microscopy, etc.) within the last ten (10)
years as a certified Medical Laboratory Technician by the
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
banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology immunology and
clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches
categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory.
- Five (5) years of clinical laboratory experience within the
last ten (10) years performing moderate and/or high complexity
blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology
and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which
categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory.
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
laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and
principles of performance improvement in order to manage reagent
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
- 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
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
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
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.
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