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    The U.S. Department of State is hiring Regional Medical Laboratory Scientists (RMLS). A Recruitment Incentive of 10% of the annual salary is applicable. The salary listed is from the Overseas pay scale ($63,848) and the Washington pay scale ($90,342). Refer to the Benefits section for more information on recruitment and retention incentives. Joining the Foreign Service is more than just salary. Please visit https://careers.state.gov/med for more on Foreign Service medical careers.

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    The Bureau of Medical Services (MED) in the Department of State maintains and promotes the health and well-being of America’s diplomatic community who represent a wide range of United States government agencies abroad. The Department assigns Foreign Service Regional Medical Laboratory Scientists (RMLS), Medical Officers (RMOs), Medical Officers/Psychiatrists (RMO/Ps), and Medical Providers (MPs) to selected posts overseas. Many of these posts have significant health risks and local medical care that is inadequate by U.S. standards.

    The Foreign Service Regional Medical Laboratory Scientist (RMLS) performs a wide variety of tests and procedures in Parasitology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Immunology, Hematology, Blood Banking and Urinalysis. Duties also include training Medical Technologists, visiting local laboratories and addressing food safety, environmental issues, and water quality issues. The RMLS travels up to 65% of the time to provide services at regional posts.

    RMLS duties may include, but are not limited to the following at each regional post of responsibility:


    • Evaluates and reports on the quality of local medical laboratory services, blood banks, and industrial laboratories at home and regional posts
    • Supervises laboratory personnel
    • Technical supervisor of regional laboratory personnel
    • Conducts competency assessments at home and regional posts
    • Performs and reports on medical and environmental laboratory tests
    • Performs phlebotomy on patients of all ages
    • Ensures patient confidentiality and records’ integrity
    • Addresses food safety, environmental and water quality issues at home and regional posts
    • Maintains own credentials and continuing medical education
    • Trains health unit staff on specimen collection, processing, testing, and reporting at home and regional posts
    • Presents food safety and other instructional classes at home and regional posts
    • Performs sanitation inspections at home and regional posts
    • Maintains ServSafe® manager certification


    • Collaborates with local laboratory directors and managers at home and regional posts


    • Manages the health unit laboratory operations
    • Oversees the Quality Management program at home and regional posts
    • Writes Exposure Control Plans for home and regional posts
    • Performs cost analysis to determine cost versus benefit when indicated to maintain fiscal responsibility
    • Mentors new RMLSs
    • Evaluates test methods
    • Submits statistical reports to MED
    • Updates the medical capabilities database for home and regional posts

    Emergency Preparedness

    • Prepares Laboratory testing information for the emergency preparedness program
    • Assists with the post pandemic medical response plan

    Regional Care Responsibilities

    • Arranges and maintains a regional travel schedule to respond to immediate and routine post needs
    • Maintains communication with regional health unit staff and responds to email inquires
    • Liaison with Regional Medical Managers
    • Maintains regular communication with MED/LAB office in Washington, DC

    An RMLS is considered ‘essential personnel’ and is expected to be available on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Travel Required

    75% or less - An RMLS generally spends the majority of his/her career assigned to the Department of State's overseas missions and at times, lives away from family and/or in difficult or isolated conditions. Selected applicants will be notified of an Oral Assessment (OA) requirement in Washington D.C. For the selected applicants, all travel and other expenses incurred in connection with the OA are the sole responsibility of the applicant.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/585425800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.