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Job Title:Medical Technologist (Microbiology)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:528D-13PNG-231

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, June 20, 2013 to Monday, July 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0644-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Albany, NY United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

****** OPEN UNTIL FILLED *******

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 911731

OUR MISSION: 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.  

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09to GS-09.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized for this position.

Work Schedule: Primarily day shift, however hours based on labratory needs and patient care.  Some evening and/or weekends may be required. 

 

Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): The applicant selected for this position will be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program subject to availability of EDRP funding.



 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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A Medical Technologist in the Microbiology Laboratory at this level develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates 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 with minimal technical supervision. The work in the Microbiology laboratory to be performed includes the following laboratory disciplines: Bacteriology, Mycobacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology, Serology, Immunology, Virology, and Molecular Pathology. This position includes requirements 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.

Duties/Tasks

·       Performs manual and automated microbiology laboratory testing including advanced and complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles.

·       Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis taking into account physiologic processes and requirements.

·       Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment.  Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs, and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment.  Diagnoses deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction.

·       Performs and documents quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement.

·       Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace.

·       Identifies discrepancies, solves problems, and presents solutions.

·       Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors, which influence test results. Interprets results and suggests follow-up test selection or procedures.

·       Evaluates and implements new techniques and procedures in the laboratory in terms of equipment, method comparison, and establishment of reference intervals using statistical methods and theoretical knowledge.  Interprets findings and makes recommendations.

·       Incorporates principles of educational methodology in the instruction and training of new employees and students and in the laboratory’s in-service/continuing education program.

·       Communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member.  Provides excellent service as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, patients, and others).   Gives direction and guidance  using underlying principles of laboratory testing.

·       Organizes work and sets priorities to meet deadlines.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   

• U.S. Citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.  

• English Language / English Writing Proficiency

• Ability to pass a pre-employment physical / drug screening

• Possess a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology/ Clinical Laboratory Science OR a related field in science AND completion of a medical technology clinical practice program.  Both the education and the clinical practice program must have been approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) 

 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).


*** IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. ***


GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

Appointment or promotion to the GS-9 level requires a bachelor’s degree in medical technology/clinical laboratory science or in a related science and completion of a medical technology clinical practice program.  Both the education and the clinical practice program must have been approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).  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.  In addition, candidates for GS-9 must possess either (b) or (c) below:

Experience:

Completion of 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled.

1.  Comprehensive knowledge of professional medical technology/clinical laboratory science principles, practices, concepts, and theories providing for sound independent work.

2.  Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement providing for sound independent work.

3.  Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair instrumentation.

4.  Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results.

5.  Ability to interpret and apply complex written instructions.

6.  Ability to communicate, consult, and interact with other members of the  healthcare team, external relations, customer service, and patient education.

OR

Education: 

Must have 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master’s degree in medical technology or directly related field, or equivalent graduate degree provided the applicant’s total background demonstrates the core competencies for GS-9 level assignment.


References: VA Handbook 5005 reference Part II Appendix G24- http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0600/medical-technologist-series-0644/  

 


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.

Physical Requirements:

The work is mainly sedentary. Typically the employee sits comfortably to do the work. There may be some need to move throughout the facility and there may be some standing, bending, carrying light items such as papers, books, etc. There are no special physical demands required to perform the work.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application
checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 30, 2013 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (10-2850c)
   ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·OF-306
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript



VA Form 10-2850c
- Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 911731.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 30, 2013Monday, September 30, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Paul Gaffney
Phone: (518)626-6766
Email: PAUL.GAFFNEY@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Albany VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
VAMC Albany 5
113 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY
12208-3410
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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 when this decision is made.

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Job Announcement Number:

528D-13PNG-231

Control Number:

345935400