Indian Health Service Medical Technologist in Cass Lake, Minnesota
Indian Health Service
Few vacancies in the following locations:
- Cass Lake, MN
- Red Lake, MN
- White Earth, MN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types
Opened Friday 1/29/2016 (272 day(s) ago)
** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (65 day(s) away)
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal, and Urban operated facilities and programs.
The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
This position is also being announced under Announcement # IHS-16-BJ-1611932-ESEP/MP for those who want to be considered under Merit Promotion Plan/Excepted Service Examining Plan. If you wish to be considered all hiring plans you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements. ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Northern Plains Regional Bemidji Area, PHS Indian Health* Hospitals* INCLUDE:* Cass Lake & Red Lake, Minnesota; andHealth Care Facilities INCLUDE:* White Earth, Minnesota.**
Your application will expire in 3 months and you will need to reapply to keep your application active. This is an open continuous vacancy announcement and applications will be referred when vacancies occur. This Announcement is intended as a mechanism of providing consideration for the greatest number of potential candidates. Candidates with a complete application will be considered for all vacancies that occur for a 3-month period or the closing date of this announcement, whichever comes first. You will be considered for those vacancies that match your desired geographic locations, skills and or job preferences. Positions may be filled at ANY of the grade levels indicated in this announcement, with or without promotion potential as vacancies occur. Applicants should specify the lowest grade (GS-level) that they will accept.
- Evaluates requested procedure; Determines the suitability of specimens for analysis; Requests new specimens, if needed;
- Prepares specimens for analysis; Selects the correct procedure which is appropriate for the request for service.
- Performs non-routine and specialized test procedures, using manual and/or automated instrumental techniques in accordance with established protocols, using professional knowledge of medical technology principles, and methodology.
- Recognizes and reacts to indicators of malfunction; Locates and implements corrections; Obtains and converts analytical data to prescribed units for reporting; Correlates data to verify results; Writes laboratory reports and reports results to appropriate individuals.
- Adjusts and maintains instruments.
- Conducts quality control procedures on equipment, reagents, and products using professional knowledge of medical technology principles and concepts.
- Occasional Travel
- Travel may be required for training and/or other work related duties.
- The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
- investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
- If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
- U.S. Citizenship is required
To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-7 AND ABOVE:
In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below.
GS-7: 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement OR 1 year equivalent to at least GS-5.
Specialized Experience: For GS-07 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-05) that included duties such as:
perform tests and examinations primarily in one area of the laboratory
performs a variety of tests and examinations which individually and collectively are difficult and complex although typically they are covered by laboratory manuals and written instructions.
selects methods for obtaining pure cultures of suspected pathogens found on preliminary culture.
selects basic tests to be used and determines need for additional tests to furnish positive identification.
writes report of findings and submits to supervisor.
the technician must recognize atypical reactions and forms.
GS-9:2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 1 year equivalent to at least GS-7.
Specialized Experience: For GS-09 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-07) that included duties such as:
perform difficult and complex laboratory tests and examinations for which procedures and instructions have not been standardized locally.
performs a variety of diagnostic tests and makes macroscopic and microscopic examinations of cultures of numerous species of bacteria for the purpose of positive identification.
evaluates requested procedures to determine the suitability of specimen for analysis, requesting new specimen if determined to be unusable.
prepares specimens for analysis, insuring that the physiologic state of the properties is maintained.
selects, performs, evaluates, and monitors the performance of nonroutine and specialized test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established protocols.
recognizes and reacts to indicators of malfunction; locates and implements corrections.
obtains analytical data (e.g., color end points, digital read outs, tracings, patterns, agglutinations); converts to prescribed units for reporting; and correlates data to verify results.
writes laboratory reports (identifying sample and stating methods and results); reports results to appropriate individuals.
calibrates, standardizes, adjusts, and maintains instruments. Verifies correct instrument operation using established procedures and quality control checks (e.g, mechanical, optical, scintillation, gasometric, photmetric, electrometric, automated).
conducts quality control procedures on equipment, reagents, and products, and maintains proper records for quality control reports.
Education and experience may be combined for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.
Evaluation of Education and Experience: The four major areas of clinical laboratory science are microbiology, clinical chemistry, hematology, and immunohematology (blood banking). Qualifying course work in these areas includes bacteriology, mycology, mycobacteriology, tissue culture, virology, parasitology, endocrinology, enzymology, toxicology, urinalysis, coagulation, hemostasis, cell morphology, immunology, serology, immunoserology, immuno-deficiency, hemolysis, histocompatibility, cyto-genetics, and similar disciplines or areas of laboratory practice.
Related fields include physiology, anatomy, molecular biology, cell biology, embryology, pathology, genetics, pharmacology, histology, cytology, nuclear medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, infection control, physics, statistics, and similar areas of science where the work is directly related to the position to be filled.
For positions above grade GS-5, experience or graduate education must have been in (1) the general field of medical technology, (2) one of the disciplines or specialized areas of medical technology, or (3) a field directly related and applicable to medical technology or the position to be filled.
Work study experience in a clinical laboratory as a student medical technologist in a CAHEA-accredited education program may be credited on a month-for-month basis toward meeting the GS-7 specialized experience requirement. (NOTE: A typical program comprises 12 consecutive months of professional study, including didactic and practical instruction. Approximately 6 to 7 months are devoted to lectures, laboratory study, demonstrations, and seminars covering theory and technique in clinical laboratory science. The other 5 to 6 months are devoted to clinical laboratory rotations. It is the latter, i.e., the period(s) of supervised work experience in a service laboratory that may be credited as work study experience.
Any combination of education and experience must have provided knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of medical technology equivalent to that provided by the full 4-year course of study described in A or B below. All science and mathematics courses must have been acceptable for credit toward meeting the requirements for a science major at an accredited college or university.
Acceptable experience is responsible professional or technician experience in a hospital laboratory, health agency, industrial medical laboratory, or pharmaceutical house; or teaching, test development, or medical research program experience that provided an understanding of the methods and techniques applied in performing professional clinical laboratory work. Certification/licensure as a medical technologist (generalist) obtained through written examination by a nationally recognized
BASIC REQUIREMENTS* :*
Degree: medical technology, chemistry, or biology that included or was supplemented by at least:
- 16 semester hours of biological science of which one course was in microbiology and one course was in immunology. (NOTE: If there is no mention of immunology or immunobiology in the course title, the requirement for a course in immunology may be met by any course that covers the following topic areas: (1) definition and relationships of antigens and antibodies;
(2) host-antigen interactions; (3) bursal and thymic influences on lymphoid cells; and (4) humoral and cellular response mechanisms.) The remaining biology courses must have been in general biology, zoology, or any of the areas listed above under "Evaluation of Education and Experience;"
16 semester hours of chemistry of which one course was in organic or biochemistry. The remaining chemistry courses must have been in general chemistry, qualitative analysis, qualitative chemistry, quantitative chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, or any of the areas listed above under "Evaluation of Education and Experience;" and
3 semester hours of college mathematics.
A full 4-year course of study that included or was supplemented by at least 12 months in a college or hospital-based medical technology program or medical technology school approved by a recognized accrediting organization. The professional medical technology curriculum may have consisted of a 1-year post-baccalaureate certificate program or the last 1 or 2 years of a 4-year program of study culminating in a bachelor's in medical technology.
A combination of (1) at least 35 semester hours of biological science, chemistry, and mathematics as described in paragraph A above and (2) additional appropriate education and/or experience totaling 4 years.
You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Saturday, December 31, 2016
What To Expect Next
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the Status. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.
If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicants responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.
Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
*A one/two-year probationary/trial period may be required upon selection/placement. *
Bargaining Unit Position (Red Lake positions are not bargaining unit positions)
Position covered under P.L. 101-630
The incumbent may be required to travel for training and/or other work related duties.
Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.
Selectee will be required to be immunized against Measles and Rubella and provide documentation prior to or at the time of their start date. Special consideration may be allowed to individuals who are allergic to a component of the vaccine or are currently pregnant. Selectee must have documented immunity to Rubella and Measles.
Males over the age of 18, and born after December 31, 1959, are required to be registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) in order to be eligible for employment with the Federal Government.
Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.
IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free
Salary Range: $36,740.00 to $64,228.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0644-05/09
Promotion Potential: 09
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: ANY US CITIZEN
Control Number: 427922200
Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-BJ-1612557-DE