The Medical Technologist position is located in the Specialty and Acute Care Service line at Bedford, Massachusetts. This position is full-time at 40 hours per week. Compressed schedule 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., four days per week This announcement is open for 6 months - qualifications will be done every 2 weeks - 15 days. Recruitment/Relocation incentive: Yes Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English. Certification: Candidates must have either (1) or (2) below: - Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. - 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). Education and/or Experience combination: 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. -AND- Completion of 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), Commissions of Accreditation of Allied Health Educations 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 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. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: Qualifying Experience at a GS-07: None beyond the basic requirements. Employees at this level serve in an entry level MT career development position practicing under close supervision of an MT at above the full performance level. Qualifying Experience at a GS-09: Must have at least one (1) year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which is directly related to the position of Medical Technologist. -OR- Must have a Master's degree or two academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field. 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. Preferred certification: Candidates possess generalist ASCP-BOR certification or categorical certification in both Chemistry and Hematology. This is considered the full performance level for nonsupervisory positions. A MT at this level carries out the day-to-day operations in the laboratory. This would include routine testing, quality control, routine maintenance of instrumentation and troubleshooting. The MT develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results ensuring all laboratory regulatory requirements are met. Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques, following practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. These require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility, including organizing and setting priorities with minimal technical supervision. The work performed is in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as chemistry, microbiology, immunology, hematology, and immunohematology. Such positions include requirements to monitor quality control systems and measures; collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; and provide education for laboratory healthcare professionals and the public in a professional, courteous and effective manner. References: VA Handbook 5005/72 Part II Appendix G24, dated May 12, 2014.The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-7 to GS-9. Physical Requirements: The work involves regular and recurring risks and discomforts associated with working in a clinical laboratory, e.g., working with infections substance, contagious diseases, and irritant reagents. The technician wears protective clothing such as lab coats, goggles or face shields, and glove For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["THIS OPEN & CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT (OCA) ESTABLISHES A STANDING REGISTER OF ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS, which closes on September 29, 2023. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be on or about March 24, 2023 with subsequent reviews every other week as additional vacancies occur, or on an as-needed basis, until positions are filled. Please see the \"Next Steps\" area of the announcement which provides additional information on the referral process for this type of announcement. Some duties may include: The Medical Technologist (MT) carries out the day-to-day operations in the laboratory, under close supervision, which would include routine testing, quality control, routine maintenance of instrumentation and troubleshooting. Develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results ensuring all laboratory regulatory requirements are met. 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. 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. 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. Participates in activities associated with process improvement, customer service, data driven decision making, or team driven change. Completes the required mandatory education. Work Schedule: Compressed Schedule (4 days a week), 07:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Compressed/Flexible: May be available at the discretion of the supervisor. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Technologist/PDF03464 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Notifications: This is a NAGE (National Association of Government Employees) Bargaining Unit position. Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). This position is in the Excepted Service. This position is covered by a special rate."]
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