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Job Title:Microbiology Technical Specialist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-612-14-1003439LN

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$75,427.00 to $90,511.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, November 27, 2013 to Wednesday, December 18, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Sacramento, CA View Map


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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 10034391003439

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

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.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

For Positions Covered by the Bargaining Unit: First consideration will be given to employees of this facility.


On-Call: No

Rotating Shifts: No

Required to Work Holidays or Weekends: Weekend and holiday is required on a rotated schedule

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday

Fair Labor Standards Acts (FLSA): Exempt

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes



  • Not Required


  • No


  • 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


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Medical Technologist (Microbiologist) GS-644-11

Duties:  Incumbent 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.  Work performed is in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, serology, and virology.  He/she monitors quality control systems and measures; collaborates in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; and provides education for laboratory and other healthcare professional, and others in the medical center setting including the public.  At the GS-11 grade level the incumbent has professional oversight responsibilities and may have responsibility for a specific large scale automated analytical instrument 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; or provide professional and technical advice to other technicians and technologist.


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



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Citizenship:   Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

English Language Proficiency – Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Education – Must have at least bachelor’s degree in medical technology/clinical laboratory science or in a related science. The education 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.  Please see vacancy announcement for foreign education requirements – if you meet those requirements answer “Yes” to this question.  (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)

Clinical Practice Program – Must have completed a medical technology clinical practice program.  The program must have been approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).  (YOU MUST INDICATE WHERE AND WHEN YOU COMPLETED THE PROGRAM ON YOUR RESUME.  FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION). 

Certification – Must possess  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).  (COPY OF CERTIFICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION) 

Specialized Experience for GS-11 Level:  Must have the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled, and must fully; meet the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAS).  Examples of specialized experience includes:   working experience in a position as a microbiology technical specialist  serving as an expert, providing authoritative advice and consultation for more difficult, complex, or unique tests requiring special knowledge; assisting supervisors with technical phases of the organization on various aspects of microbiology testing:  including appropriateness (that takes into consideration clinical context); facilitating team or unit processes by working in collaboration with team members to ensure that tasks, priorities, goals are coordinated with management; coordinating testing, staffing and follow-up documentation for outreach activities, etc.

Or, 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.  (IF SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION COPIES OF TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)

Selective Placement Factors – The following Selective Placement Factors (SPF) requirements are being used to determine whether an applicant full qualifies for this position.  Therefore, it is MANDATORY that all applicants meet this requirement in order to receive further consideration for this job vacancy.  Applicants must demonstrate that they have the knowledge and experience of the SPFs listed below.  Evidence of this experience must be documented in your resume.  Applicants who fail to meet this requirement and/or address the SPF may lose further consideration. 

1.     Must have demonstrated experience in quality control, regulatory requirements and CLSI standards.

2.  Must have demonstrated well-developed communication skills with coworkers, other members of a healthcare team, and patients.  Applicants should address in their resume or cover letter the following situations:

·         Facilitating team or unit processes by working in collaboration with team members to ensure that tasks, priorities, and goals are coordinated with management.

·         Communicating, consulting, and interacting with other members of a healthcare team, external relations, customer service, and patient education.

·         Answering inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors, which influence test results.  Interpreting results and suggesting follow-up test selection or procedures.

·         Communicating effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member.  Providing excellent serve as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, patients, and others).  Giving direction and guidance using underlying principles of laboratory testing. 

3.  In addition to formal, accredited training in microbiology and its disciplines, the incumbent must have one year of specialized working experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in a microbiology laboratory doing clinical bacteriological cultures and sensitivities.  






REFERENCES:  VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G24, Medical Technologist, available in the local Human Resources Office.


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: 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:  Must meet physical requirements in VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency.This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


All Applicants Including Department of Veterans Affairs Northern CA Health Care System Employees: You must submit ALL required documents as indicated under “How to Apply” and “Required Documents.” Failure to provide all required documents/information will result in loss of consideration or a lower evaluation in rating and/or selection consideration. Applicants will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate.

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 visit


You will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.

1.  Advanced knowledge of all disciplines of the Microbiology department (bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, serology, virology and molecular biology.)

2.  Advanced knowledge and understanding of regulatory and accrediting agency requirements associated with all of the disciplines of the Microbiology department (bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, serology, virology and molecular biology).

3.  Ability to apply new scientific/technical developments and theories to laboratory testing.

4.  Knowledge to develop procedures for new tests, and modifying existing procedures and methods in order to resolve problems relative to complex and difficult situations.

5.  Advanced knowledge and demonstrated skills in the set up and processing of specimens for all of the disciplines of a Microbiology department.

6.  Advanced knowledge and demonstrated skills in testing methodologies and theory of the disciplines of a Microbiology department. 

7.  Advanced knowledge of professional medical technology/clinical laboratory science principles, practices, concepts, and theories providing for sound independent work (to include current CLSI standards for antibiotic determination).

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

9.  Advanced knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair instrumentation.

10.  Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results, to include current CLSI standards.

11.  Ability to interpret and apply complex written instructions.

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



If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

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


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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.

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


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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
Wednesday, December 18, 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.

You must include a VA FORM 10-2850C - Application for Associated Health Occupations  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 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 much easier and faster.

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: 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.


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


1.      CV or Resume or any other written format may be submitted provided it contains all of the information in the USAJobs resume format. Provide beginning and ending dates (MM/YY) of employment, the average number of hours worked per week, and a description of the duties for each position listed on your resume. If you performed more than one position title, please indicate the percentage of time you spent performing each title's duties. (required).

2.      VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations, signed and dated (Available at (required).

3.      Occupational Questionnaire (required)

4.      Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment: signed and dated. (Available at This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

5.      DD Forms 214: If prior military service(required). 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 SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at

6.     Notification of Personnel Action – SF-50’S: All current or former Federal Employees - VA and non-VA: documenting permanent status, promotion action to the highest grade held in the Federal government, and, if applicable, your separation SF-50.

7.      Copy of your college transcript(s). Certificates/diplomas are not acceptable. If selected for this vacancy, you may be required to submit official college transcript(s) prior to appointment (required).

8.     Copy of your current registration/certification/licensure (required).

ALL APPLICANTS INCLUDING DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM EMPLOYEES: You must submit ALL required documents as indicated under “How to Apply” and “Required Documents.” Failure to provide all required documents/information will result in loss of consideration or a lower evaluation in rating and/or selection consideration. Applicants will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate.




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):

To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page: and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1003439.

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
Wednesday, December 18, 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:

Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire
View Occupational Questionnaire

Print the 1203FX form (, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items.

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.



Elizabeth Inman
Phone: (925)372-2370
Agency Information:
VHA Northern California HCS Sacramento
Department of Veterans Affairs
150 Muir Road
Human Resources Management Service
Martinez, CA


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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