Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technologist GS-0644-07/09 in Dublin, Georgia

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Dublin, GA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 7/27/2016 (89 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (67 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1762067

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. Relocation/Recruitment incentive may be authorized to a well-qualified candidate that is selected from outside the Carl Vinson VAMC. This position will be open until filled.

Welcome to Dublin, "The Emerald City", and Laurens County, where small town southern charm and a determination to keep Dublin-Laurens County "Green and Growing" have combined to create a community rich in character and full of life.

The Carl Vinson VA Medical Center is located on a beautifully landscaped 75 acre tract in Dublin, Georgia. The 340 operating-bed facility provides both acute and extended care services and has approximately 1200 + employees providing comprehensive healthcare to veterans in Middle and South Georgia.

In addition to the services available at our medical center, Primary Care services are provided at three community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) - located in Albany, Brunswick, Milledgeville, Macon and Perry Georgia.

Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09 The actual grade at which an applicant may be appointed. S*pecial Employment Consideration:* VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

Selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-07 to GS-09. 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



PRIMARY PURPOSE: A 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 with minimal technical supervision. The work performed is in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as bacteriology, chemistry (including endocrinology and toxicology), molecular biology, coagulation, flow cytometry, genetics, hematology, immunology, immunohematology (blood banking), mycology, parasitology, serology, urinalysis, and virology. Such positions include requirements to monitor quality control systems and measures; collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; and provide education for laboratory and other healthcare professionals, and others in the medical center setting including the public. At the GS-7 level, the incumbent performs the duties of the position, but relies on other more experienced technologists to assist in solving complex problems, the incumbent is qualified to work independently in all areas of competence.

MAJOR DUTIES:The generalist medical technologist rotates with other generalists on a regular basis through the above-mentioned areas. He/she also works off-hour shifts, weekends, and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need. The duties and responsibilities of the Medical Technologist – Generalist include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks of the medical laboratory technician occupation. In addition, performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles.
    1. Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis taking into account physiologic processes and requirements. .
    1. Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment. Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs and performs preventative maintenance of laboratory equipment. Diagnoses deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction.
    1. Performs and documents quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement.
    1. Adheres to practices and regulations governing bio-safety and bio-security in the workplace.
    1. Identifies discrepancies, solves problems and presents solutions.
    1. Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specialty, test sensitivity, and specific factors, which influence test results. Interprets results and suggests follow-up test selection or procedures.
    1. Evaluates and implements 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.
    1. Incorporates principles of educational methodology in the instruction and training of new employees and students and in the laboratory’s in-service/continuing education program.
    1. 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.
    1. Organizes work and sets priorities to meet deadline.
  • Work Schedule: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm or 11:00 pm - 7:00 am

Functional Statement Number: F557130 Medical Technologist

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Recruitment/Relocation incentive is authorized for a well qualified candidate
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing/ security test required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT


a. Citizenship.Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b. Education and/or Experience Combination

(1) A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in medical laboratory science, medical technology, clinical laboratory science or in a related science (e.g., laboratory sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, immunology, etc.).


completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Clinical practice programs completed after 1974 must have been accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, formerly CAHEA), or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). 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.


(2) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics,


Two years of post-certification clinical laboratory experience (e.g., blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, clinical microscopy, etc.) within the last ten years as a certified Medical Laboratory Technician by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC), American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR) or American Medical Technologists (AMT). This experience must include performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory

OR, (3) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics,


five years of clinical laboratory experience within the last ten years performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory.

d. Certification.Candidates must have either (1) or (2) below:

(1) Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.

(2) For positions up to the full performance level, candidates must currently possess the categorical or specialist technologist level certification from the certification agencies listed above, such as, but not limited to, chemistry (C/SC), hematology (H/SH), microbiology (M/SM), molecular biology (MB/SMB) and blood bank (BB/SBB). Technologists with categorical or specialist certifications may only perform duties within the area of the laboratory specific to their categorical certification (e. g., an individual with a chemistry (C) certification can only perform duties in chemistry).

Grade Determinations.The following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

(1) GS-7(Entry Level)

(a) Experience.None beyond the basic requirements.

(b) Assignments.Employees at this level serve in an entry level MT career development position practicing under close supervision of an MT at or above the full performance level.

(2) GS-9(Full Performance Level)

(a) Experience.Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled.


(b) Education.Must have Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field.

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  1. Comprehensive knowledge of professional MT 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 in order to manage reagent and supply inventories and document control systems.

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

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

  5. Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results.

  6. Ability to read, interpret and apply complex written instructions.

  7. Skilled in informatics, laboratory data flow and the understanding of laboratory processes.

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

*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:The incumbent must be able to perform moderate lifting up to 20 lbs, straight pulling, pushing, reaching above the shoulder, use of fingers and both hands, walking, standing for up to 4 hours, kneeling, repeated bending, use of both arms and legs. Specific visual requirements include use of both eyes, depth perception, ability to distinguish colors and shades of colors, hearing (aids permitted), clear, high cognitive function and emotional stability; ability to read ordinary type without strain

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

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Additional Information
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.


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

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.

Salary Range: $40,033.00 to $63,654.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0644-07/09

Promotion Potential: 09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 445874400

Job Announcement Number: OA-16-NTM-1762067-BU