Department Of Veterans Affairs Chicago , IL 60602
Current VA Employees should apply under announcement PL-10311821-18-CP.
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This temporary (not to exceed 1 year) Histopathology Technician position is located in the VISN 12 Pathology & Laboratory Medical Service at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, IL.
Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all processing tasks of the histopathology technician occupation.
Maintains and documents the optimal function of laboratory equipment.
Performs and documents quality control and participates in quality assurance activities.
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.
Gives direction and guidance using underlying histopathology and cytopathology principles.
Ensures and maintains accurate patient identification through the chain of custody of the specimen.
Prepares technically adequate slides of surgical, cytology, and autopsy specimens by processing, embedding tissue, cutting, staining and coverslipping.
Utilizes specialized techniques for handling cell blocks, frozen sections, bone marrows, autopsies, and fine-needle biopsies.
Assists in autopsy procedures
Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday through Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm
Financial Discloser Report: Not required
Job family (Series)
0646 Pathology Technician
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen
Designated and/or random drug testing required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Must pass pre-employment physical examination
English Language Proficiency
Education and/or Experience:
Experience: One year of experience in a health care field that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work such as but not limited to a medical or clinical laboratory assistant (or technician) or health technician. OR
Education: Four academic years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation such as biological science or chemistry OR (2) Successful completion of two academic years of study above high school that included at least 24 semester hours in Chemistry and/or in appropriate fields of biological science and successful completion of a 12 month program of education and training in histopathology or cytotechnology.
Combination of Experience and Education: Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable.
In addition to the Basic Requirements you must meet the following grade requirements:
GS-6: Must have at least 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the GS-5 level, which is directly related to the position to be filled. Creditable specialized experience typically includes but is not limited to: Experience retrieving and accessioning surgical, cytology, and autopsy specimens. Experience entering and tracking workload data and disposition of pathology materials and documents electronically. Experience performing pre- and post-analytical duties. Experience assisting in preparation of autopsy protocols.
In addition, one must be able to demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:
KSA 1 - Knowledge of professional anatomic pathology principles, practices, concepts, and theories providing for sound independent work.
KSA 2 - Knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures, principles of performance improvement, reagent management, inventory supply systems, and document control systems.
KSA 3 - Knowledge of anatomic pathology laboratory equipment and ability to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot instrumentation.
KSA 4 - Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member, and effectively complete assignments.
KSA 5 - Ability to use independent technical judgement to analyze and evaluate laboratory results.
References: VA Handbook 5005/102, Part II, Appendix G55, Histopathology Technician Qualification Standards, 4/6/2018. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-6.
The employee works and functions in the medical center in a safe manner, including infection control and following practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
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.