Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technologist (Microbiology) in Sacramento, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Sacramento, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (12 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1820997

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.

For positions covered by the bargaining unit: First consideration will be given to employees of this facility.

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 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 bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, serology and virology. Such positions include requirements to monitor quality control systems and measures, collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; and provide education for laboratory and other healthcare professionals, and others in the medical center setting including the public.

  • Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures in the microbiology department including all testing and tasks of the Medical Technologist occupation, in addition performs advanced complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles.
  • Evaluates and solves problems related to collection of processing of biological specimens for analysis taking into account physiologic processes and requirements.
  • Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment.
  • Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs, and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment. Diagnoses deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction.
  • Evaluates an 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.

Work Schedule: 8:30am - 5:00pm Functional Statement Title/#: Medical Technologist (Microbiology)


Rotating Shifts: No

Required to work holidays or weekends: Yes and rotating weekends

Fair Labor Standards Acts (FLSA): Exempt

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
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirement:

Citizenship - Must be a citizen of the United States.

English language proficiency -Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Education – Must have at least bachelor's degree in medical technology/clinical laboratory science or in a related science. The education program must have been approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The professional curriculum may have consisted of a post-baccalaureate certificate program or be integrated into a 4-year program of study that culminated in a baccalaureate degree. Please see vacancy announcement for foreign education requirements – if you meet those requirements answer "Yes" to this question. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)

Clinical Practice Program –Must have completed a medical technology clinical practice program. The program must have been approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).* (YOU MUST INDICATE WHERE AND WHEN YOU COMPLETED THE PROGRAM ON YOUR RESUME. FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION)*

Specialized Experience or Education Requirements for GS-09 – Must have a minimum of 1 year of creditable, progressively responsible experience comparable to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled and must fully meet the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSA's) Examples of specialized experience includes: (developing, performing, evaluating, interpreting, correlating, and validating the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results; testing procedures performed on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques, and required a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility; work performed in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, serology, and virology; monitoring quality control systems and measures; collaborating in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; and providing education for laboratory and other healthcare professionals, and other in a medical center setting.) OR Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field. (SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE SHOULD BE DOCUMENTED ON YOUR RESUME. FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION.)

Certification –Must possess 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 Bioanalysts (AAB*). (COPY OF CERTIFICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION) *

References: VA Handbook 5005/72 Part II Appendix G24 Medical Technologist.

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: 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:Use and function of all normal motor and sensory anatomy for provision of light lifting, light carrying, walking, standing, outside/inside environment, excessive noise (intermittent), climbing, rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, work around machinery, distinguish basic colors/shades, hearing, repetitive computer use up to 8 hours daily, and possible exposure to infectious diseases.

Security Clearance


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 is an overview of the benefits currently offered:**

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: $68,509.00 to $81,352.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0644-09/09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 452852400

Job Announcement Number: 612-17-LI-1820997-BU