Medical Technologist (Technical Specialist)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Charleston, SC

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Southern charm, hospitality and history imbue Charleston, one of the most well-preserved cities in the United States.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 860447

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? Located in the historic part of the city of Charleston, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center serves more than 53,000 veterans in 22 counties along the South Carolina and Georgia coastline in our main Medical Center or one of six community-based outpatient clinics. The main Medical Center provides acute medical, surgical, and psychiatric inpatient care, as well as outpatient primary and mental health care to low country veterans who require more than 659,000 outpatient visits and approximately 4,300 inpatient stays annually. The 117 bed hospital currently operates 96 beds and a 28 bed nursing home unit. Charleston VAMC supports the Vet Centers in North Charleston, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.



U. S. Citizenship
Must pass pre-employment examination
Concentration in Microbiology
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
Background and-or Security Investigation required

This is a bargaining unit position DUTIES:
This position is in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service who serves as a Medical Technologist (Technical Specialist).

Preferred Qualifications: Concentration in Microbiology

Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Scientist at this level develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results with a concentration in Microbiology. As the Technical Specialist you will be responsible for all testing services in the Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Pathology. The incumbent serves as an expert providing authoritative advice and consultation for more difficult, complex, or unique tests requiring special knowledge, in all aspects of Clinical Microbiology and molecular pathology. Advises all organization levels on various aspects of the specialized testing including appropriateness that takes into consideration clinical context. The technical specialist often works independently and is given freedom of action under the general guidance of a pathologist or other laboratory practitioner. Serves an expert providing authoritative advice and consultation for more markedly difficult, complex, unique, and/or emerging tests requiring special knowledge in bacteriology, mycology, molecular/DNA testing, bone marrow examination and culture and flow cytometry. Conducts studies and recommends changes to correct deficiencies and improve the specialty area. Designs work flow to accomplish objectives in the clinical specialty area. Advises on alternate testing to overcome ambiguities in the clinical diagnoses. Identifies training needs appropriate for the type and complexity of the laboratory services performed. Identifies, defines, and resolves issues associated with complex aspects of data or unique or controversial aspects of the testing where no direct precedent exists. Maintains process control in a specialty area through a multifaceted quality assurance program.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Tour of Duty: 7:30am - 4:00pm

Link to Full Questionnaire : View Occupational Questionnaire QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Citizenship . Citizenship of the United States.

Education and/or Experience Combination. An associate's degree in laboratory science or medical laboratory technology from an Accredited institution that, at a minimum, includes either: (a) 24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses; or (b) 24 semester hours of science courses that includes 6 semester hours of chemistry; 6 semester hours of biology; and 12 semester hours of chemistry, biology, or medical laboratory technology in any combination; and have laboratory training that includes completion of a NAACLS approved clinical laboratory training program with at least 3 months documented laboratory training in each specialty that the individual performs high complexity testing. In addition, to the associate's degree, must possess at least 3 years of directly related, full time work experience.

Certification. All candidates must currently possess or be eligible for and pass within one year the appropriate certification examination as a medical technologist or clinical laboratory scientist given by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR), the National Credentialing Agency (NCA), American Association of Clinical Chemists (AACC) or American Medical Technologists (AMT), or the American Association of Biocatalysts (AAB).

Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.

English Language Proficiency. Medical Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with Chapter 2, Section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 LEVEL: Medical Technologists (MTs) must have the equivalent of 1 year of creditable, progressively responsible experience comparable to the next lower grade level, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs as indicated by an asterisk (*):


GS-11. A bachelor's degree in medical technology/clinical laboratory science or in a related science and completion of a medical technology/clinical practice program is required at this grade level.


Education. Must have 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in medical technology or a directly related field, provided the applicant's total background demonstrates evidence of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position to be filled.

Assignment: Technical Specialist - The incumbent serves as an expert providing authoritative advice and consultation for more difficult, complex, or unique tests requiring special knowledge, e.g., flow cytometry and molecular pathology. Advises all organizational levels on various aspects of the specialized testing including appropriateness that takes into consideration clinical context. The technical specialist often works independently and is given freedom of action under the general guidance of a pathologist or other laboratory practitioner. In addition to the required core competencies, the technical specialist must demonstrate the following

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Advanced knowledge and understanding of regulatory and accrediting agency requirements, medico legal requirements, and pertinent statistics sufficient to perform complex diagnostic tests.

2. Knowledge and skill sufficient to apply standard medical technology techniques to conduct a variety of difficult and complex test systems.

  • 3. Ability to apply new scientific/technical developments and theories to laboratory testing.
4. Knowledge of instructional techniques to instruct newly hired technologists and clinical pathology residents in proper performance of tests and applications of the laboratory procedures.

5. Knowledge to develop procedures for new tests, and modify existing procedures and methods in order to resolve problems relative to complex and difficult situations.


References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G24, MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2006.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as standing for long periods of time, sitting and bending over equipment, light to moderate lifting and can be extremely stressful.

APPLICANTS 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.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit . HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applicant's responsibility: It is the applicant's responsiblity to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position. Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package. Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field. If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package. Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.

This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.

Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Interviews: Management may interview candidates for this position and may elect to use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates. You can isit to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview. Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office .

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IDMA (You are ineligible for consideration for this position since you failed to submit required documents as specified in the vacancy announcement). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

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 .

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Drug Testing Designated position: In accordance with Executive Order 12564, Federal employees hired in a drug testing designated position will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use during employment.

Vet Pro Credentialing: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergo an electronic credentialing process called Vet Pro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using Vet Pro. The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use Vet Pro.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommodatino will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...