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Medical Technologist-Chemistry/Blood Bank

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto , CA 94306

Posted 2 months ago

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Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under CBCF-10319216-18-JC-BU.

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Work Schedule: Day Shift (Varied Start Times), Monday - Friday, Rotating weekends and holidays

The Medical Technologist (MT)/Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) 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 major duties and responsibilities of the GS-7 MT/CLS include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks of the medical laboratory technician occupation (i.e., performing complex laboratory procedures, recognizing deviation from expected results, and analyzing and correcting problems using scientific principles with immediate or general supervision).

  • Evaluating and solving problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis taking into account physiologic processes and requirements with immediate or general supervision.

  • Maintaining and documenting the optimal functioning (i.e., uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs, and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment).

  • Performing and documenting quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement with immediate or general supervision.

  • Adhering to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace with immediate or general supervision.

In addition to the above, the major duties and responsibilities of the GS-9 MT/CLS include, but are not limited to:

  • Answering inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors, which influence test results. Interprets results and suggests followup test selection or procedures.\

  • Evaluating and implementing new techniques and procedures in the laboratory in terms of equipment, method comparison, and establishment of reference intervals using statistical methods and theoretical knowledge.

  • Incorporating principles of educational methodology in the instruction and training of new employees, students, residents and in the laboratory's in-service/continuing education program.

  • Communicating effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member, providing excellent service as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, patients, and others), and giving direction and guidance using underlying principles of laboratory testing.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • 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

Physical Requirements:

  • This position requires walking, standing, and sitting for long periods of time.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.


Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • Certification. Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP, BOR, or AMT(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).

  • Education/Experience. 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 postbaccalaureate certificate program or be integrated into a four-year program of study that culminated in a baccalaureate degree.


  • 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 (ASCPBOR) 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.


  • 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.

Note: Graduates of foreign baccalaureate degree programs meet the educational and/or experience requirements if the degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the NAACLS or clinical laboratory experience as described below. This finding may be based on either of the following: (1) A letter from a college or university with a baccalaureate program recognized by the NAACLS stating that the individual's foreign degree has been evaluated and been found to be equivalent to its bachelor of medical technology degree OR (2) A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for the certification examination.

Preferred Criteria:

  • Current, valid generalist CLS/MT license issued by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or American Medical Technologists (AMT)

  • Experience working in a high complexity clinical laboratory setting as an intern or licensed medical technologist

  • Knowledgeable in professional medical technology principles, practices, concepts, and theories

  • Knowledgeable in running, maintaining, and troubleshooting high complexity laboratory equipment

  • Knowledge and ability to work as a generalist in blood bank, chemistry, and hematology with minimal supervision

Grade Determinations:


  • None beyond the basic requirements.


  • Experience: Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled.


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


  • Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities (KSAs):

  • Comprehensive knowledge of professional MT principles, practices, concepts and theories providing for sound independent work.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of 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.

  • Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments.

  • Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results.

  • Ability to read, interpret and apply complex written instructions.

  • Skilled in informatics, laboratory data flow and the understanding of laboratory processes.

  • Ability to communicate, consult and interact with other members of the healthcare teamexternal relations, customer service and patient education.

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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/72, Part II, Appendix G24,

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-7 to GS-9.


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: 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:

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