A. Degree: medical technology, chemistry, or biology that included or was supplemented by at least: 16 semester hours of biological science of which one course was in microbiology and one course was in immunology. (NOTE: If there is no mention of immunology or immunobiology in the course title, the requirement for a course in immunology may be met by any course that covers the following topic areas: (1) definition and relationships of antigens and antibodies; (2) host-antigen interactions; (3) bursal and thymic influences on lymphoid cells; and (4) humoral and cellular response mechanisms.) The remaining biology courses must have been in general biology, zoology, or any of the areas listed below under "Evaluation of Education and Experience;" AND 16 semester hours of chemistry of which one course was in organic or biochemistry. The remaining chemistry courses must have been in general chemistry, qualitative analysis, qualitative chemistry, quantitative chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, or any of the areas listed below under "Evaluation of Education and Experience;" AND 3 semester hours of college mathematics.
B. A full 4-year course of study that included or was supplemented by at least 12 months in a college or hospital-based medical technology program or medical technology school approved by a recognized accrediting organization. The professional medical technology curriculum may have consisted of a 1-year post-baccalaureate certificate program or the last 1 or 2 years of a 4-year program of study culminating in a bachelor's in medical technology.
C. A combination of (1) at least 35 semester hours of biological science, chemistry, and mathematics as described in paragraph A above and (2) additional appropriate education and/or experience totaling 4 years. This combination of education and experience must have provided knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of medical technology equivalent to that provided by the full 4-year course of study described in A or B above. All science and mathematics courses must have been acceptable for credit toward meeting the requirements for a science major at an accredited college or university. Acceptable experience is responsible professional or technician experience in a hospital laboratory, health agency, industrial medical laboratory, or pharmaceutical house; or teaching, test development, or medical research program experience that provided an understanding of the methods and techniques applied in performing professional clinical laboratory work. Certification/licensure as a medical technologist (generalist) obtained through written examination by a nationally recognized credentialing agency or State licensing body is a good indication that the quality of experience is acceptable.
Specialized Experience: At least one year of specialized experience in the same of similar work equivalent to at least the next lower level (GS-07) in federal service requiring the application of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position being filled. Candidates for this position must clearly demonstrate in their resume experience providing a full range of non-routine and specialized tests in clinical chemistry; calibrate, operate, and maintain instruments; and monitor quality control procedures in a laboratory.
Education Substitution: At least two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to at least a master's or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college or university can be substituted for the one year of specialized experience if the degree provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.
Combination of Specialized Experience and Graduate Education: Less than the amount of specialized experience and less than the full amount of education described in education substitution, but you have computed the percentage of the requirements and the total is at least 100% can be substituted for the one year of specialized experience if the degree provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. (To compute the percentage, take the number of earned graduate semester hours beyond the initial 18 [or equivalent] divided by 18 semester hours [or equivalent], then take the number of months of specialized experience divided by 12 months. Add the two percentages together.)
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:
Skill in performing specialized and non-routine laboratory biochemical procedures
Skill in maintaining and troubleshooting biochemical laboratory equipment and instruments
Ability to communicate in writing and verbally
Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please submit your foreign education evaluation with your application.
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Personnel security investigation required.
This position requires a Childcare Background Check (CNACI).
A medical examination is required prior to employment.
Hepatitis B immunization is required (direct patient contact).
This position is covered by the Drug Abuse Testing Program. Applicant drug testing and random drug testing will be required.
Mandatory seasonal influenza vaccinations required annually.
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
Direct Deposit of pay is required.
One year trial/probationary period may be required.
You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
If selected, official college or university transcripts must be submitted.
You may claim Military Spouse Preference.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.
Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.