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Job Title:Medical Technologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-13-113-AWP-EC839918

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

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$61,612.00 to $80,093.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, February 12, 2013 to Tuesday, March 12, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Denver, CO United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 839918 (Include # on all documents)

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to


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. Your final salary determination must be approved by the medical center director.


The incumbent will serve as an expert providing authoritative advice and consultation for highly complex, unique, and/or emerging tests requiring special knowledge primarily in the Molecular Biology Section.  The incumbent will also possess working knowledge in Microbiology in efforts to advise all organizational levels on various aspects of the specialized testing, including appropriateness that takes into consideration the clinical context. 


The incumbent will develop, perform, evaluate, interpret, correlate and validate the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results.  Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques, and require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility.  Additionally, duties will include the requirement to monitor quality control systems and measures; collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; and provide education for laboratory and other healthcare professionals, and others in the medical center setting including the public. 


The incumbent will often work independently and will be given the freedom of action under the general guidance of a pathologist or other laboratory practitioner.  Furthermore, the incumbent must demonstrate that they have advanced knowledge of the specialized and complex subject matter of Molecular Biology extending beyond the duties of test performance. 


  • U. S. Citizenship.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • English Language Proficiency required.
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required.


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The incumbent will serve as an expert providing authoritative advice and consultation for more markedly difficult, complex, unique, and/or emerging tests requiring special knowledge.  Additionally, they will oversee sample and data collection for new method evaluation.  This includes, but is not limited to, molecular/DNA testing, genetic testing, method validation; accreditation guidelines; advises all organizational levels on various aspects of the specialized testing (e.g. appropriateness of specific tests and takes into consideration the clinical context and usefulness of the test information); advises on alternate testing to overcome ambiguities in the clinical diagnosis; reviews manufacturer's technical bulletins; notifies the Microbiology/Molecular Supervisor of any changes that would apply to the laboratory and institutes any required modifications; and installs new software at the direction of manufacturer and acts as the liaison to the Technical Representative. 

At this level, incumbents have professional oversight responsibilities and may have responsibility for specific large scale automated analytical instruments system; a specific area of laboratory functions, such as employee competency records, supply functions, quality control review, new method development, or employee or student training.  Additionally they will provide professional and technical advice to other technicians and technologists on evening or night shifts.   

Tour of Duty: Mon-Fri; 7:00a.m.-3:30p.m. No Weekends or Holidays.

Candidate must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours.  The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.


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a.   Citizenship.   Citizenship of the United States.   (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b.   Education and/or Experience Combination.   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.   In addition to the associate's degree, must possess at least 3 years of directly related, full time work experience.

c.   Certification.   All candidates must currently possess or be eligible for and pass within one year the appropriate certification examination 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).  Please include a copy of certification. 

d.   English Language Proficiency.   Medical technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.


Specialized Experience: Medical Technologists must have the equivalent of 1 year of creditable, progressively responsible experience comparable to the next lower,


Education.   Must have 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in medical technology or a directly related field, provided the applicant's total background demonstrates evidence of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position to be filled.


References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G24, Medical Technologist Qualification Standard, dated March 17, 2006, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

Specialized Experience: Medical Technologists must have the equivalent of 1 year of creditable, progressively responsible experience comparable to the next lower,


Education.   Must have 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in medical technology or a directly related field, provided the applicant's total background demonstrates evidence of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position to be filled.

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:  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. ***

Veterans Preference:   When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans must claim preference on their application or résumé. Veterans must submit a copy of Form DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy, which shows the characterization of service), and if applicable, an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference and a Preference Letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs dated 1991 or later.   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 Veterans 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 (showing the characterization of service) or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.   For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


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.


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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


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

Conditions of Employment:

- Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, or 16 with a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, as of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

- All Non-VA applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in any designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.   Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

- Subject to suitability determination.

- Employees who occupy a Testing Designated Position are subject to random testing.

- Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

- You may be required to serve a one-year initial probationary period.

- Within 30 days after hire, you are required to obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification from the American Heart Association.   It is highly desirable that this certification is obtained prior to employment.

Receiving 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 served 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.


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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.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. 

Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.  Uploaded Documents move from Received-Pending Virus Scan to Processed within 1 hour.

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.

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 all supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 839918.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.

Faxed Documents may take 2-3 days to appear as Processed.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes all of the following required documents:

1.       CV or Resume.

2.      VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations.

3.       Occupational Questionnaire.  TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire

4.      OF 306, Declaration for Federal Employment (OPTIONAL).

5.      If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214, (showing the characterization of service).  Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an , SF15, Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference.

6.      If current or former Federal employee, submit a copy of your most current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing competitive status and tenure.

7.      Copy of transcript(s) that lists the degree(s) earned and date conferred, showing you possess the required degree for this position.  Transcripts will not be accepted via mail or email from applicants or schools; transcripts must be uploaded or faxed in accordance with How to Apply Instructions.


Karen Watkins
Phone: (303)399-8020
TDD: (877)800-8339
Agency Information:
VHA Eastern Colorado HCS Denver
Department of Veterans Affairs
820 Clermont Street
Suite 130
Denver, CO


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified by email when a decision is made.

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