- U.S. citizenship.
- Must possess 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).
- Degree: medical technology, chemistry, or biology that included or was supplemented by at least:
A. 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); 16 semester hours of chemistry of which one course was in organic or biochemistry; 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.
In addition to the Degree Requirements, you must also have one year of specialized experience as defined below.
Specialized Experience for GS-12 candidates: You must have at least one year of specialized experience in the same or similar work equivalent to at least the next lower level (GS-11) 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 in providing authoritative advice and consultation on the information system as they apply to the clinical laboratory. Also, Implements and maintains coding and mapping for laboratory test ordering, reporting, billing, and workload resording taking into account compliance principles.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
(1) Knowledge of concepts, principles and methodology of clinical laboratory technology sufficient to revise standard methods to improve or extend test systems; and evaluate, modify, or adapt new methods to meet the requirements of particular testing situations.
(2) Knowledge and understanding of laboratory operations and their relationship to the organization sufficient to provide advisory, inspection, training, and problem-solving services on specific projects, programs, or functions.
(3) Knowledge of laboratory information systems and programming techniques sufficient to develop, adapt, and maintain computer systems for accomplishing diagnostic laboratory work and quality assurance.
(4) Ability to adapt, implement, and integrate the use of software to specific laboratory applications and processes.
(5) Knowledge of compliance requirements for laboratory functions.
(6) Knowledge of computer system analysis, computer language, and program design sufficient to implement various laboratory associated packages and sustain operation of the laboratory system.
In Standard for Professional and Scientific Position http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm ( or you may use the following generic citation)
VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm.
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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only 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 a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Best qualified candidates will be determined by the selecting official based upon Performance Based Interviews and/or the resume, questionnaire response and the KSAOs elements that are reflected in the resume.
Your application, résumé 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 question 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.