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    The VA Central Iowa Healthcare System, Pathology and Laboratory Service line is recruiting for a Medical Technologist. The Medical Technologist 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.

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    Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP): May be eligible to receive up to $10,000 per year (with a lifetime maximum of $60,000) to help repay student loans. More information may be found at https://www.vacareers.va.gov/Benefits/EducationSupport/#repay.Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. To participate in the program, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA Policy 1021 and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. The EDRP Coordinator, Kathryn Tappe (Katy), can be reached at Kathryn.Tappe@va.gov.

    Major duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

    • Collects specimens with minimal discomfort to the patient, ensures accurate identification and proper preservation of the specimen, and controls physical conditions to ensure the physiological state of the specimen is maintained throughout the pre-analytical processes
    • Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks of the medical laboratory technician occupation. In addition, performs complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles with immediate or general supervision.
    • Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis taking into account physiologic processes and requirements with immediate or general supervision.
    • Prepares reagents, 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 with immediate or general supervision.
    • Performs and documents quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement with immediate or general supervision.
    • Adheres to practices and regulations governing bio-safety and bio-security in the workplace with immediate or general supervision.
    • Identifies unusual results and discrepancies, correlates test results with other laboratory or patient data, evaluates the validity of data in relation to the test system employed and type of specimen, determines if additional data is required before reporting test results, solves problems, and presents solutions with immediate or general supervision.
    • Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors which influence test results, with immediate or general supervision. In collaboration with senior technologists, interprets results and suggests follow-up test selection or procedures.
    • Assists with evaluating and implementing 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.- Assists 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.

    Work Schedule:

    2nd Shift: Monday - Friday 3:30pm - 12:00am or 3:00pm - 11:30pm; Hours may vary due to operational need to include 1 in 4 weekends, and 2 - 3 holidays.

    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
    Telework: Not Available

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/585395000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.