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Lead Medical Technologist

Air Force Institute of Technology

This is a Full-time position in Hampton, NJ posted May 3, 2021.

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This position is in Pathology and Laboratory Service.

The Lead Medical Technologist develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results.

Work is performed in a variety of lab disciplines, chemistry (including special chemistry and toxicology), coagulation, hematology, immunohematology (blood banking), urinalysis, referral lab processing and phlebotomy and requires advanced knowledge extending beyond the duties of test performance.

The duties of this position are but not limited to:

Modifies or adapts new methods or techniques to improve or expand services.

Develops protocols for performance of tests and evaluation of results.

Recognizes methodology limitations such as linearity, interference, sensitivity, and specificity and considers these when drawing conclusions about the validity of testing results.

Performs validation/method verification studies for new systems.

Consults with healthcare providers on logical protocol to follow in attempting to confirm the diagnosis or risk assessment of a patient.

Performs quality control and maintenance function documentation reviews and ensures compliance with accreditation standards.

Work Schedule: Monday
– Friday, 3:00 PM
– 12:00 AM, rotating weekend and holidays
Fi nancial Disclosure Report: Not required
You must be a U.S.

Citizen to apply for this job Designated and/or random drug testing may be required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 You may be required to serve a probationary period Subject to a background/security investigation Must be proficient in written and spoken English Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/03/2021.
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.
Education/Experience:
You must meet the following education and/or experience requirement to qualify for this position:
(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.) AND 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.
OR,
(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, 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.
OR,
(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, 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: 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).
Grade Determinations GS
– 11:
Experience : Must have at least one (1) year of creditable experience equivalent to the full performance level GS-9, which is directly related to the position being filled.
OR,
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.

In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Advanced knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles, methodology of medical laboratory technology, regulatory and accrediting agency requirements, medicolegal requirements and pertinent statistics sufficient to perform complex diagnostic tests.
Skill to apply new scientific/technical developments and theories to laboratory testing.
Advanced knowledge of instructional techniques to instruct newly hired technologists and clinical pathology residents in proper performance of tests and applications of the laboratory procedures.
Ability to develop procedures for new tests and modify existing procedures and methods in order to resolve problems relative to complex and difficult situations.
Advanced knowledge of a particular discipline or function with wide latitude for exercising sound independent judgment.
NOTE: Your experience must be fully documented on your, resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G24
Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to perform moderate lifting up to 45 lbs.

Straight pulling.

pushing, reaching above the shoulder, use of fingers and both hands (grasping).

Walking, frequent standing (i.e.

up to 4 hours).

Kneeling repeated bending and use of both arms and legs and repetitive motion.

Specific visual requirements include use of both eyes and depth perception.

Ability to distinguish colors anti shades of colors, hearing (aids permitted).

Clear high cognitive function and emotional stability.

Ability to read ordinary type without strain.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ .

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.

For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee’s 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.

Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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.