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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technologist in Syracuse, New York

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.

Responsibilities

Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks of the medical laboratory technology occupation Performs complex laboratory procedures Recognizes deviation from expected results Analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles with immediate or general supervision Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis taking into account physiologic processes and requirements with immediate or general supervision 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 with immediate or general supervision Performs and documents quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement with immediate or general supervision Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace with immediate or general supervision Identifies discrepancies, solves problems, and presents solutions with immediate or general supervision Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors, which influence test results with immediate or general supervision.in collaboration with senior technologists interprets results and suggests follow-up test selection or procedures Assists with evaluating and implementing 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. Organizes work and sets priorities to meet deadlines with minimal assistance. Other duties may be assigned Work Schedule: To be discussed at the interview Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/30/2020.

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.

Additional Information

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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