This position is in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at VA El Paso, TX. 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. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/03/2023. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. Candidates must meet the following Individual Occupational Requirement: (a) Technical medical laboratory support work such as performing laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic and blood banking) and preparing reports of findings; OR (b) technical support work in a closely related field, e.g., biological laboratory technician work, that required application of the methods and techniques for the position to be filled. You may qualify based on your experience as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: knowledge of professional MLT principles, practices, concepts and theories providing for sound independent work; 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. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Diagnostic Medical Testing Quality Assurance Technical Competence Specimen Collection 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: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion with considerable walking and long periods of standing. It requires frequent bending and occasional moving of heavy supplies (50 pounds or more with assistance). In some advanced analytical testing techniques, hand-eye coordination is required. 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/. ["Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks of the medical laboratory technologist occupation. In addition, performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles information. Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis, considering physiologic processes and requirements. Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of the automated analytical instrumentation used in all departments of the laboratory. Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. Identifies discrepancies, solves problems and presents solutions. 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. performs a broad spectrum of clinical chemistry, toxicology, drug monitoring, other procedures utilizing a wide range of technologies including immunoassay. The incumbent maintains skills and is proficient in phlebotomy and follows CLSI (formerly NACCLS) guidelines for blood draw. The incumbent performs procedures associated with the enumeration and identification of human blood constituents and the study of the coagulation system. The incumbent performs procedures associated with the enumeration and identification of urine elements. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:45pm Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD00488-0 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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