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Job Title:Medical Technologist: Technical Support

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:DQ-13-KAd-795208

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$58,843.00 to $76,500.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, December 04, 2012 to Sunday, December 16, 2012




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Providence, RI United StatesView Map


Open to all U.S. Citizens


Honor American's Veterans by providing exceptional care that improves their health and well-being.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 795208 (Please include on all documents)

Be a member of our team providing compassionate health care to Veterans. We are an employer of choice and a center of excellence in patient care, education, and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. Go to for more information.

Our Medical Center is located in Providence, RI with outpatient clinics located in Middletown, RI, Hyannis and New Bedford, MA. We provide high quality comprehensive outpatient and inpatient care to Veterans residing in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Rhode Island, also known as the ocean state, offers a range of lifestyles to those seeking the advantages of an exciting city or a relaxing country setting.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

This Medical Technologist is located in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service and is not a bargaining unit position.

**Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB). The PSB is a peer review process. The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.**

This is a permanent full-time position. The work schedule is: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with rotating Holidays and weekends.


  • Must possess a certification as a Medical Technologist/CLS.
  • Must be a Citizen of the United States.
  • Designated and random drug testing may be required.
  • Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Subject to a background and suitability investigation.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical examination.


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  • Assists with the development and maintenance of computer programs/files/systems.
  • Provides ADP training, technical option training, and limited PC program training pertinent to job function.
  • Assists in developing, maintaining and developing various computer applications.
  • Assists in the design/maintenance/update of the available test catalog.
  • Assists in the design/maintenance/revision of laboratory computer user instructions.
  • Assists laboratory personnel and laboratory equipment specialist with computer related problems.
  • Assists in testing new software enhancements and data validation procedures prior to implementation and integration into the facility.
  • Serves as designated back-up liaison within the medical center and within the VISN for LIM/QM.
  • Carries out quality assurance and management studies to improve service provided by the laboratory.
  • Approximately 50% of time is spent performing the duties of a generalist medical technologist.


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(from VHA Qualification Standards)

Basic Requirements:

Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States.

English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in both written and spoken English.

Education: An associate’s degree in laboratory science or medical laboratory technology from an accredited institution or an equivalent program composed of at least 60 semester hours, from an accredited institution that, at a minimum, includes either: (a) 24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses; OR (b) 24 semester hours of science courses that includes 6 semester hours of chemistry; 6 semester hours of biology; and 12 semester hours of chemistry, biology, or medical laboratory technology in any combination; AND have laboratory training that includes completion of a NAACLS approved clinical laboratory training program with at least 3 months documented laboratory training in each specialty that the individual performs high complexity testing.

Experience: In addition to the associate’s degree, must possess at least 5 years of directly related, full time work experience.

Certification: All candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a medical technologist or clinical laboratory scientist given by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR), the National Credentialing Agency (NCA), American Association of Clinical Chemists (AACC) or American Medical Technologists (AMT), or the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB).

Required Experience:

GS-10 Requires: Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are directly related to the duties of the position to be filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.  Experience includes: comprehensive knowledge of and skill in applying a wide range of concepts, principles, and methodology of the field to perform advanced techniques; Ability and knowledge to modify or adapt established methods; ability to perform sound independent work.

Preferred Experience: experience with a Laboratory Information Management and/or Quality Management system; Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite e.g., Word, Excel. 

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.

Physical Requirements: Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.

Applicants Please Note: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www/ed/gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

***If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send in a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.***

Reference: VA Qualification Standards (Handbook 5005) is available in the local Human Resources Office.

Additional Requirements/Information

  • Subject to satisfactory completion of our credentialing process.
  • Selectee will be presented to a peer review board to determine final grade and salary.
  • Subject to one year probationary period.
  • Position does not confer competitive status.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see )

When applying for Federal jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.) Additionally, Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow, widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application material.


Your application, resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

An incomplete application 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. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmissions.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at


Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

A selected applicant for this position may be eligible to apply for an award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) provided the applicant has qualifying loans and subject to the availability of funds. For further information regarding this program, you may contact the Human Resources Management Service at 401-459-4770.

Receive Service Credit for 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 serviced as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees' 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. This is not an entitlement and is at the discretion of the medical center.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. For additional information see VA Guide to Applying for VA Vacancies at

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS. Check your account ( to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on: Sunday, December 16, 2012

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire :View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy Identification Number TAG:795208
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


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

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV), Resume or application (link to appropriate application)
  2. Online Questionnaire
  3. If current or former Federal employee include latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (required)
  4. Proof of meeting educational requirement (unofficial transcripts is acceptable for initial application. If selected you will be required to furnish an official transcript).
  5. Copy of certification if applicable

Applicants claiming Veteran's preference must submit the following:

  1. DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.
  2. SF-15, Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference (if applicable).
  3. VA letter of service-connected disability rating (if applicable) dated 1991 or later.


Giordon Gill
Phone: (401)459-4770
Agency Information:
VHA Providence VAMC
830 Chalkstone Ave
Providence, RI


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents) and if found qualified, you will be referred to the Selecting Official for consideration for an interview. You may or may not be interviewed.

An electronic notification letter or e-mail will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address; otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

Applicants who have never worked for the Federal government will receive a tentative job offer. Applicants must complete an OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, prior to receiving a firm offer. This form is available at

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