Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technologist in Hines, Illinois

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
5 vacancies in the following location:
  • Hines, IL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 11/10/2016 (20 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1820822

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program, depending on the type of employment, schedule, amount/type of qualifying debt, and funding availability. The employee will begin to receive the benefit upon acceptance into the program – not backdated to the date employment begins. Please contact** for more information.

Do not wait to apply. Applications will be pulled and reviewed on a weekly basis.

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital (, located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago on a 147-acre campus, offers primary, extended and specialty care and serves as a tertiary care referral center for VISN 12. Specialized clinical programs include Blind Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurosurgery, Radiation Therapy and Cardiovascular Surgery. The hospital also serves as the VISN 12 – Great Lakes Health Care System's southern tier hub for pathology, radiology, radiation therapy, human resource management and fiscal services.

The VA Great Lakes Health Care System, a group of seven VA medical centers and over thirty VA clinics, is dedicated to providing a comprehensive health care package to America's veterans. VA Great Lakes serves veterans who reside in northwestern Indiana, northern Illinois, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

The Medical Technologist (MT) carries out the day-to-day operations in the laboratory.

  • Perform testing procedures on a variety of biological specimens using manual or automated techniques, following practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. This work is conducted in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as chemistry, immunochemistry, coagulation, hematology, immunohematology (blood banking), urinalysis, and limited bacteriology.
  • Perform and monitor the quality of systems and measures. Evaluate, interpret, correlate and validate the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results ensuring all laboratory regulatory requirements are met.
  • Provide consultation on the interpretation of laboratory testing results for the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of patients.
  • Perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting of instrumentation.
  • Use independent judgment and responsibility, including organizing and setting priorities with minimal technical supervision.
  • Provide education for laboratory healthcare professionals and the public in a professional courteous and effective manner.

Work Schedule:* depending on workbench assignments*second shift is either 3:30pm – 11:30pm or 4:00pm – Midnight with rotating weekends and holidays and third shift is either: 11:30pm – 7:30am or Midnight-8:00am with rotating weekends and holidays.

We currently have three second shift vacancies and 2 third shift vacancies.

*Functional Statement Title: *Medical Technologist

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS for appointment as a Medical Technologist (GS7 is the entry level grade):

- United States Citizenship - English Language Proficiency - Education and/or Experience Combination (transcripts are required):

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.). AND Completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Note: 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. -OR- 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. AND 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 Technologist (AMT). This experience must include performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banding, chemistry, hematology, microbiology immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory. -OR- 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. AND 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. - Certification (copy of certification* required, if applicable): Possess or meet the eligibility requirements for certification as a medical technologist (MT), or medical laboratory scientists (MLS) given by ASCP-BOR, ASCP-BOC, or AMT. -OR- Possess or meet the eligibility requirements for certification 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 (NB/SMB) and blood bank (BB/SBB). Technologist 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).

*Note: Non-certified applicants may be given a temporary appointment not to exceed one year as a graduate medical technologist and must actively pursue and obtain certification within the year.

Grade Determination at the GS-9 grade level: Experience: Must have at least 1 year of creditable experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-7) which is directly related to the position. -OR- GS-9 Education: Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field. In addition, one must be able to demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of professional MT principles, practices, concepts and theories providing for sound independent work;

  • 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;

  • knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot and repair instrumentation;

  • ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments;

  • ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results; - ability to read, interpret and apply complex written instructions; skilled in informatics, laboratory data flow and the understanding of laboratory processes; and

  • ability to communicate, consult and interact with other members of the health care team, external relations, customer service and patient education.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: Evidence of experience, must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held. Please provide such documentation on your application or resume. Also, please provide work experience information such as hours per week and starting/ending dates of employment (month and year format) to establish one (1) full year of experience. The requirement for this proof is specified in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement. To be credible, experience must be documented in the application and verifiable through employment references and/or other means. *Your resume must support your answers in the occupational questionnaire.

References: VA Handbook 5005/72, Part II, Appendix G24, Medical Technologist Qualification Standards, 5/12/2014. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: 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 employee works and functions in the medical center in a safe manner, including infection control and following practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:**

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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: $53,717.00 to $69,827.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0644-09/09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452821500

Job Announcement Number: HN-17-BB-1820822