Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technologist (Generalist) in Richmond, Virginia

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
7 vacancies in the following location:
  • Richmond, VA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/5/2016 (14 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 9/29/2017 (345 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1817202

This is an Open Continuous Vacancy Announcement. First cut-off will be July 8, 2016 and every two weeks thereafter until the positions are filled.

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.

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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

Note: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and 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. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Recruitment/Relocation Expenses/Incentives:Are not authorized for this position.


*Duties: *The incumbent(s) may be assigned to various disciplines of the clinical laboratory which include Chemistry, Urinalysis, Microbiology, Immunology, Transfusion Medicine, Quality Assurance and Hematology/Coagulation. The incumbent performs moderate to high complex testing, in a fast-paced atmosphere that requires multi-tasking and the ability to work independently. Duties include but are not limited to: specimen collection and knowledge of phlebotomy; selecting, performing, evaluating and monitoring the performance of test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established protocols, identifies unusual results or discrepancies; accessions specimens into the laboratory, evaluates the suitability of the specimen for analysis; prepares specimens for analysis, ensures that the physiologic state of the specimen is maintained; sets up and monitors quality controls, calibrates, standardizes, adjusts, maintains instruments and verifies correct instrument operation; correlates quantitative data with patient data (i.e., history, medications) to verify results; performs additional tests to clarify or confirm abnormal patient results, recognizes abnormal results that require immediate attention by the physician and reports them directly. Prepares reagents, assembles equipment, performs and calculates results. Ensures laboratory compliance with accrediting agencies.

Work schedule: Various tours: (Transfusion Medicine/Chemistry, 7:30-4:00pm Mon-Fri, rotating weekends and holidays), (Generalist -*Midnight-8:00am and 4:00pm-Midnight, Mon-Fri, rotating weekends and holidays)*

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt

Supervisory Position: No

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

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
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


  • U.S. citizenship.

  • 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.).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 currently possess or be able to obtain within one year, the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.

Note: Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification may be given a temporary appointment up to the full performance level not to exceed one year as a graduate medical technologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)(B). This appointment may not be extended.

BLS/ACLS REQUIREMENTS: Current certification in BLS is required for all staff providing direct patient care, and police. Additionally, current ACLS is required for patient care staff that work in specified or high risk areas (SICU/ICU/CCU/MICU/PACU/ED/and all procedure suites using moderate sedation, etc.). If you are selected for a position which requires BLS/ACLS certification, you will be required to have proof of certification prior to being boarded for appointment with VA. If selected, obtain such certification in order to avoid any delays in the hiring process.



*Experience: *Completion of 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level


Education: Must have Master's degree or 2 academic year of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field.

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; religious; 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.


References:VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

*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.

Physical Requirements: The candidate must be able toperform the duties of the position under the following conditions:

• Standing: 20 to 30% of the time; • Walking: 20 to 30% of the time; • Lifting: 1 to 5% of the time; • Bending: 1 to 5% of the time; • Pulling/Pushing: 1 to 2% of the time; • Sitting: 40 to 60% of the time; • Hearing: acceptable to perform duties of the position; • Vision: acceptable to perform duties of the position.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


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. Please see the following link:

Other Information

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: $50,000.00 to $64,996.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0644-09/09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452377500

Job Announcement Number: VHA-652-17-LS-1817202-BU