Pathology Specialist

Department Of Veterans Affairs Charleston , SC 29402

Posted 2 months ago

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This position is located within the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston, SC. The Pathology Specialist is an allied health professional, who assists in providing technical and administrative assistance, oversight and coordination of all services in Anatomic Pathology within a large, complex medical center laboratory.

Work Schedule: Monday

  • Friday, 8:00am

  • 4:30pm

Position Description/PD#: Pathology Specialist/079910

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  • Applies mastery knowledge of and skills in pathology concepts, principles and laboratory methods to performs all elements of gross examination and sectioning of every type of surgical pathology specimens.

  • Performs frozen section cutting and processing.

  • Maintenance of daily monitoring of the cryostat temperature, ensuring the cryostats are cleaned and disinfected on a routine basis, and completes monthly decontamination.

  • Conducts inventory of all frozen section supplies weekly.

  • Ensures all personal protective equipment is clean and available for use.

  • Applies new scientific/technological developments and theories to major problems not susceptible to treatment by accepted methods.

  • Records, reports and resolves issues when sub-optimum or mislabeled specimens/paperwork is encountered.

  • Develops and/or revises standard operating procedures and establishing performance standards to improve or extend test systems.

  • Takes actions or makes recommendations which have significant impact on existing public policies or programs.

  • Performs or requests specialized tests including histochemical and immune-histochemical stains and cytometry, and interpreting the results.

  • Performs SNOMED and other required Anatomic Pathology workload coding.

  • Assists in the development, revision, and integration of protocols and procedures (manuals) for all sections of Anatomic Pathology.

  • Participates in the orientation and training of new employees, residents, and students in Anatomic Pathology.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0601 General Health Science

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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 background/security investigation

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


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/29/2020.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

Individual Occupational Requirements

Basic Education Requirement: Must possess a bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree with a course of study in an accredited college or university leading that included major field of study related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position.

Evaluation of Experience for Grants Administration Positions:

For positions at grades GS-12 and above involved in professional work in grants administration, qualifying experience is considered to be experience in grants administration in areas of science, medical and healthcare fields similar or related to the work of the position. Such experience must have involved professional judgment of a kind and level of difficulty and responsibility essential to successful performance in the position to be filled.

Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade, GS-11, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: possessing working experience coordinating daily Surgical Pathology functions either independently or in collaboration with physicians; overseeing and performing work in the accessioning and grossing areas, assuring proper processing of tissue specimens especially those requiring special handling (i.e., kidney biopsies, muscle biopsies, frozen sections, immunohistochemistry, etc.); applying regulatory, licensing, accrediting agency requirements, and statutes governing clinical laboratory operations.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Attention to Detail

  • Diagnostic Medical Testing

  • Process Control

  • Technical Credibility

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: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements:The work requires prolonged periods of standing while performing gross examinations and teaching others to do so, current bending when performing frozen sections, sitting, and intense concentration in noisy and congested areas. It occasionally involves lifting objects under 50 pounds.


A transcript must be submitted with your application.

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.

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Pathology Specialist

Department Of Veterans Affairs