Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technologist (Generalist) Part-Time in Gainesville, Florida

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Gainesville, FL
Work Schedule is Part Time 40 hours - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/6/2016 (18 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1819097

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?

Please read the announcement in its entirety before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents. All documents requiring signature must be signed and dated prior to submission in order to be considered complete. Resume' or CV must include the vacancy announcement number, position title, grade, how to contact you, descriptions of jobs held including the name and address of employer, job title, description of duties, beginning and ending date, (month and year) of employment, and average hours worked per week. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make any assumptions regarding your experience.

This job opportunity announcement (JOA) will be used to fill one* (1) Part-Time Medical Technologist (Generalist)* GS-0644-07 or GS-644-09 vacancy at the Gainesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (PLMS).


Part-time (40 hrs. per two-week pay period)

3:30 pm – midnight during week days as scheduled by supervisor, and every other weekend on night shift (10:00 pm –6:30 am) with rotating holidays night shift.

RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses are NOT authorized for these vacancies.

RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVE BONUSof up to $5000 for day and evening shifts or up to $7000 for night shift is authorized with a two (2) year service obligation agreement.

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 incumbent works on evening shift (3:30 pm – midnight) during week days as scheduled by supervisor, and every other weekend on night shift (10:00 pm –6:30 am) with rotating holidays night shift as Generalist Medical Technologist. The incumbent will be rotating among all the areas of the Clinical Laboratory as assigned by Supervisor. Duties to include but are not limited to:

  • Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures included within the medical technologist occupation. Recognizes deviations from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using specific principles. Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis, taking into account physiologic process and requirements.

  • Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment. Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment. Diagnosis deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction. **

  • Performs and documents quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to the test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement. Identifies discrepancies, solve problems, and present solutions.

  • Answer inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors, including tests results, interprets results and suggests follow-up test selection or procedures. **

  • 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. **

  • Evaluates and implements new techniques or procedures in the laboratory in terms of equipment, method comparison, and establishment of reference intervals using statistical methods and theoretical knowledge. Interprets findings and make recommendations.

  • Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace.

  • 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. **

  • Organizes work and sets priority to meet deadlines. Responsible for entering and verifying laboratory results in the computer system.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Part-time (40 hrs. per two-week pay period)

3:30 pm – midnight during week days as scheduled by supervisor, and every other weekend on night shift (10:00 pm –6:30 am) with rotating holidays night shift.

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


U.S. citizenship: Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

English Language Proficiency: Medical Technologist must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

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.


(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.

Foreign Graduates: Graduates of foreign baccalaureate degree programs meet the educational and/or experience requirements if the degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the NAACLS or clinical laboratory experience as described in paragraph 2b(2) or (3) above. This finding may be based on either of the following:

(1) A letter from a college or university with a baccalaureate program recognized by the NAACLS stating that the individual's foreign degree has been evaluated and been found to be equivalent to its bachelor of medical technology degree.

(2) A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for the certification examination.

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).

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.

GRADE DETERMINATION: The following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

Grade Determination for GS-07 (Entry Level):

Experience: None above the "BASIC REQUIREMENTS".

Grade Determination for GS-09 (Full Performance Level):

Experience:Must have one (1) year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower GS-07 grade level which, is directly related to the position to be filled.


Education: Must have Master's degree or two (2) years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's degree in medical technology or directly related field.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition, 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 principle of performance improvement in order to manage reagent and supply inventories and document control systems.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(d) Assignment: This is considered the full performance level for non-supervisory 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. An MT at this level 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 chemistry, microbiology, hematology, immunology, 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.



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:Moderate lifting, 15 – 44 pounds, ability to distinguish basic colors, moderate carrying, 15 – 44 pounds, hearing aids permitted, standing (6 hours), and good distance vision in one eye.**

NOTE: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a drug testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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 an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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.

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: $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: 452602300

Job Announcement Number: GF-17-RLD-1819097-BU