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8/4/2017
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Medical Technologist
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Medical Technologist

Eugene, OR

Duties:

NOTE: Please read the vacancy announcement carefully. You must apply online or fax your documents.

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Duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

* Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks of the medical laboratory technician occupation
* performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures
* Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis taking into account physiologic processes and requirements
* Performs and documents quality control and quality assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement
* 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

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NOTICE: Salary information was updated 4/17/2017 to reflect Special Salary Rates approved for this series.

* Summary
* 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.

As a Medical Technologist the full performance level you will perform, evaluate, interpret, correlate, and validate the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results. Your performance requires a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility with minimal technical supervision. Your work encompasses a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as bacteriology, chemistry (including endocrinology and toxicology), coagulation, hematology, immunology, immunohematology (blood banking), mycology, mycobacteriology, parasitology, serology, urinalysis, and virology. In such position, requirements to monitor quality control systems and measures must be met; in addition collaboration in the diagnosis and treatment of patients is coordinated and you will provide education for laboratory and other healthcare professionals. As a generalist medical technologist you will be rotating with other generalists on a regular basis through the above-mentioned areas. You will also be required to works off-hour shifts, weekends, and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8a - 4:30p / 3:30p - 12a

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: May be authorized

Position Title: Medical Technologist

All current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest NON-AWARD SF-50 showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive).

This announcement will remain opened until filled

* Qualifications & Evaluations
* Basic Requirements:
* U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005/72 Part II Appendix G24.
* English Language Proficiency: In accordance with VA Handbook Part II Chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a of appendix G24 Medical Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.
* Education and/or Experience Combination:

o Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in medical laboratory science, medical technology, clinical laboratory science or in a related science (e.g., laboratory sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, immunology, etc.) and completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Clinical practice programs completed after 1974 must have been accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 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,

o A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, 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 years of post-certification clinical laboratory experience (e.g., blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, clinical microscopy, etc.) within the last ten 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 Technologists (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,

o A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, 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 five years of clinical laboratory experience within the last ten 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.

* Certification: Candidates must either

o currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.

o or for positions up to the full performance level, candidates must currently possess the categorical or specialist technologist level certification from the certification agencies listed above, such as, but not limited to, chemistry (C/SC), hematology (H/SH), microbiology (M/SM), molecular biology (MB/SMB) and blood bank (BB/SBB). Technologists with categorical or specialist certifications may only perform duties within the area of the laboratory specific to their categorical certification (e. g., an individual with a chemistry (C) certification can only perform duties in chemistry).

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Grade Determinations:

Creditable Experience

Knowledge of Current Professional Laboratory Practice. For positions at or above the full performance level, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills and abilities as a MT and may be paid or non-paid employment.

Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is equivalent to at least the next lower grade level and is directly related to the position being filled.

GS-9 (Full Performance Level)

Experience:

Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled. The next lower grade is the GS-7 developmental level. At this level the experience requirement is none beyond the basic requirements. The assignment at the GS-7 level is serving as an entry level MT in a career development position practicing under close supervision of an MT at or above the full performance level.

OR

Education: Must have Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field.

In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

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

At the full performance level MT at this level carries out the day-to-day operations in the laboratory. This would include routine testing, quality control, routine maintenance of instrumentation and troubleshooting. The MT develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results ensuring all laboratory regulatory requirements are met. Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques, following practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. These require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility, including organizing and setting priorities with minimal technical supervision. The work performed is in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as chemistry, microbiology, immunology, hematology, and immunohematology. Such positions include requirements to monitor quality control systems and measures; collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; and provide education for laboratory healthcare professionals and the public in a professional, courteous and effective manner.

References: VA Handbook 5005/72 Part II Appendix G24. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. If your resume does not support your questionnaire responses, we will adjust your rating accordingly.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a COMPLETE application package.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

* Benefits & Other Info
* VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:Â 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.

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About Department Of Veterans Affairs

Company Description

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the nation’s largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system. We are responsible for providing care to more than 7.9 million Veterans and their family members, from those who served in World War II to those currently returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Meeting the needs of these individuals requires the efforts of nearly 250,000 full-time employees and 90,000 health professional trainees working at more than 1,400 sites of care across the nation, all committed to providing our nation’s Veterans with the high-quality health care that they deserve.

Company History

For centuries, the tradition of providing care for the warrior has been a prominent feature of Native American culture. Serving those who served is also at the heart of VA’s mission, which makes Native Americans the ideal candidates for health care positions at VA. For Native American health care professionals at VA, a career caring for our nation’s Veterans is more than a job; it’s an extension of their heritage.

That’s why we are actively seeking Native American doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other allied health practitioners to help us achieve our mission of providing high-quality care to our nation’s Veterans. By incorporating their proud heritage with medicine, Native American health care professionals can make a positive impact not only on the lives of Native American Veterans but all Veterans.

Working Here

A career at VA allows employees to have unmatched control over their lives and career paths while performing a job that’s truly worthwhile. At VA, we take care of our employees as well as we take care of our Veterans. In return for their dedication to providing Veterans with exceptional patient care, they receive competitive salaries, superior benefits, flexible schedules and one of the most comprehensive education support programs in the nation. Our Veterans deserve only the best, and we take great pride in attracting and maintaining a superior workforce capable of providing the exceptional patient care for which we are known.