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Job Title: Medical Technologist (Technical Specialist - Microbiology)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Cleveland, OH
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Banking, Consulting Services, Finance/Economics, Financial Services, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical
Job Description
Medical Technologist (Technical Specialist - Microbiology)
  • Serving as an expert providing authoritative advice and consultation for more difficult, complex, or unique tests requiring special knowledge in specialized areas of microbiology.
  • Serving as an expert in the specialized microbiology fields of mycology, mycobacteriology and virology.
  • Responsible for all aspects of operation in their area of specialty including preparation and maintenance of records and reports, analysis of testing methodologies, training, instrumentation and compliance.
  • Developing, performing, evaluating, interpreting, correlating, and validating the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results.
  • Serving as an expert, who in conjunction with the consulting pathologist, provides advice and consultation for more markedly difficult, complex, unique, and/or emerging specialty microbiology tests requiring special knowledge.
  • Conducting studies and recommending changes to correct deficiencies and improve the specialty microbiology area; recommending new/replacement instrumentation.
  • Advising all organizational levels on various aspects of specialty microbiology testing, including the appropriateness of specific tests and takes into consideration the clinical context and usefulness of the test information; advising on alternate testing to overcome ambiguities in the clinical diagnoses.
  • Applying laws, policies, and precedents, regulatory, licensing, and accrediting requirements to establish, monitor, and maintain specialty microbiology testing.
  • The Technical Specialist will also work in general Microbiology and will be part of the rotation to cover weekends and holidays.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., with rotating weekends and holidays
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Certification - Must possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. Please note only MT, MLS or CLS given by one of the three organizations listed are considered qualifying for positions above the full performance level.
  • Education - Must possess the following:
    • A 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 (transcripts required). OR
    • 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 (transcripts required). OR
    • 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 (transcripts required).
Preferred Experience: Experience in the specialized microbiology fields of mycology, mycobacteriology and virology

Grade Determinations:
GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience which equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform successfully the duties of the position which is directly related to the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying experience include: advanced knowledge and working experience in the specialized microbiology fields od mycology, mycobacteriology and virology extending beyond the duties of test performance; serving as an expert in providing authoritative advice and consultation for more difficult, complex or unique tests requiring special knowledge in specialized areas of microbiology; and extensive training on laboratory instrumentation and capable of troubleshooting and making in-house repairs to keep the analyzer at optimum operating condition.
OR
Three (3) full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in medical technology in a related field.

References: VA Handbook 5005/72 Part II Appendix G24 May 12, 2014

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.

Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as prolonged standing, bending over microscopes, reaching for supplies or materials, and lifting moderately heavy items such as centrifuges and record boxes (or occasionally lifting heavier items such as reagents packs). The work may require specific physical characteristics and abilities such as dexterity (to perform intricate collection or analysis procedures) and color vision.

None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume (when listing previous employment please include month and year).
  • Your most recent SF-50 that shows title, series, and grade.
  • If you have previously held a higher grade and are applying based on that grade, you must provide a copy of the SF-50 showing you held the higher grade in addition to your last or most recent SF-50 indicating proof of status. Note: Your SF-50 must reflect the grade and step information equivalent to or greater than the grade lower than the position you are applying to. This may not always be your most recent SF-50. You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search. This form is not required at the time of applicaton.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
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.
  • Certification - Must possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. Please note only MT, MLS or CLS given by one of the three organizations listed are considered qualifying for positions above the full performance level.
  • Education - Must possess the following:
    • A 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 (transcripts required). OR
    • 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 (transcripts required). OR
    • 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 (transcripts required).
Preferred Experience: Experience in the specialized microbiology fields of mycology, mycobacteriology and virology

Grade Determinations:
GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience which equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform successfully the duties of the position which is directly related to the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying experience include: advanced knowledge and working experience in the specialized microbiology fields od mycology, mycobacteriology and virology extending beyond the duties of test performance; serving as an expert in providing authoritative advice and consultation for more difficult, complex or unique tests requiring special knowledge in specialized areas of microbiology; and extensive training on laboratory instrumentation and capable of troubleshooting and making in-house repairs to keep the analyzer at optimum operating condition.
OR
Three (3) full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in medical technology in a related field.

References: VA Handbook 5005/72 Part II Appendix G24 May 12, 2014

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.

Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as prolonged standing, bending over microscopes, reaching for supplies or materials, and lifting moderately heavy items such as centrifuges and record boxes (or occasionally lifting heavier items such as reagents packs). The work may require specific physical characteristics and abilities such as dexterity (to perform intricate collection or analysis procedures) and color vision.
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