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Job Title:Medical Technologist (Microbiology)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:ML-14-981633

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$35,309.00 to $69,545.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, October 31, 2013 to Friday, November 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0644-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

9

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
East Orange, NJ View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 981633

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.

Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-5 to GS-9. 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.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

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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This position is as a Medical Technologist - Microbiology, at the VA New Jersey Health Care System in the Pathology and Laboratory Service, East Orange campus.  The incumbent serves as a Microbiology Medical Technologist in the clinical laboratory with responsibility for performing the full range of tests in microbiology; evaluating abnormal results; notifying physicians of critical lab results; using and maintaining equipment; accessioning all laboratory specimens; verifying results through the computer; and setting up and monitoring quality controls. The Microbiology Medical Technologist works off-hour shifts, weekends, and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need. The incumbent will cover the Monday - Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm shift with rotating weekends and holidays. May be required to work other shifts.

The duties and responsibilities of the Medical Technologist - Microbiology include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Prepares, stains and examines smears from specimens such as blood, urine, sputum, cerebrospinal fluid, and exudates. Sets up cultures and sub-cultures on various types of appropriate media and make biochemical tests for identification of organisms. Examines feces for ova and parasites. Performs sensitivity tests and identifies organisms using manual and automated methods, such as Kirby-Bauer, API, Vitek. Reads gram stains on GC smears, CSF smears, and any physician special request.
  • Identifies unusual results of discrepancies/conditions which cause erroneous results (instrument malfunctions, conditions or tests performance reactions systems and for test procedures used). Take appropriate action to make corrections and solve problems. Conducts literature search if indicated. 
  • Accessions blood cultures, vents aerobic bottles, and loads blood culture instrument, such as the Bactec.
  • If specimens are not cultured, follows proper storage procedures to preserve specimen integrity.
  • Performs stat and routine serology tests (for example, urine pregnancy tests, rapid HIV, RPR, etc.) when ordered.
  • Performs molecular tests such as MRSA and C. Difficile on automated equipment.

TOUR OF DUTY: Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm, with rotating weekends and holidays. May be required to work other shifts.


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.
  • 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.
  • 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).

 

Preferred Experience: Applicants who qualify at the GS-9 level must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  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.

 

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

 

    GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

    (1) GS-5: None beyond basic requirements.

    (2) GS-7:

(a) Experience: In addition to the basic requirements, at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

1. Demonstrated knowledge of professional medical technology principles, practices, concepts, and

theories.

2. Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of

performance improvement.

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

4. Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member, and effectively complete assignments.

5. Skill in informatics and processes, and the ability to communicate effectively electronically, orally,

and in writing.

OR

(b) Education: A bachelor’s degree in medical technology/clinical laboratory science or 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 4-year program of study that culminated in a baccalaureate degree

 

(3) GS-9

(a) Minimum Requirements: 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:

AND

(b) 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.

OR

(c) 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 5005/15, PART II, APPENDIX G24


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.htmlAll 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 requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as standing for long periods of time, bending over microscopes, etc. The work involves regular and recurring risks on discomforts associated with working in a clinical laboratory, e.g., working with infectious substances and irritant reagents. The technologist follows standard precautions guidelines at all times by wearing protective clothing such as coats, goggles, or gloves and takes special safety precautions such as adopting sterile techniques. The technologist follows all safety regulations as detailed in the Laboratory Safety Manual and Chemical Hygiene Plan.

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.



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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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position, you must complete the 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 Friday, November 22, 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):

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. If currently employed in the Department of Veterans Affairs outside of VA New Jersey Health Care System, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:

  • Cover Letter
  • Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
  • OF-306
  • DD-214
  • SF-15
  • Other Veterans Documentation
  • Transcript

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) or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims. 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 981633.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.

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 Friday, November 22, 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 (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf), follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
    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.

VA New Jersey Health Care System Employees Only:

If you cannot submit your application using one of the options listed above, you may personally submit by hand your application package to:


VA New Jersey Health Care System
Human Resources (05LY)
151 Knollcroft Road, Building 1
Lyons, NJ 07939
Phone: 908-647-0180 ext. 5040

PLEASE DO NOT FAX OR MAIL ANY APPLICATION PACKAGES TO THE VA NJ HEALTH CARE SYSTEM (THESE PACKAGES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Brenda Silletti
Phone: (908)647-0180x5041
Email: BRENDA.SILLETTI@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA New Jersey HCS
151 Knollcroft Road
Lyons, NJ
07939

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:

ML-14-981633

Control Number:

354179800