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Clinical Laboratory Scientist


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    This position is being announced concurrently under Delegated Examining procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-18-AQ-10253342-DE; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

    NOTE: This position is being re-advertised to solicit additional applications. Applicants who applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information.
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    Responsibilities

    This position is located in the Department of Laboratory, Mescalero Service Unit, Mescalero, NM, and reports to the Chief Medical Technologist. The incumbent is responsible for the Pre-Analytical, Analytical, and Post-Analytical application of established laboratory procedures in accordance to regulatory guidelines for examination of blood and other bodily fluids in the clinical laboratory. Work assignments are in such specializations as chemistry, hematology, immunology, urinalysis, microbiology, and immunohematology. The incumbent performs a wide range of clinical laboratory tests/examinations as requested by medical staff for use in clinical diagnosis, patient screening, monitoring patient therapy and status and other authorized purposes that includes but is not limited to the following:
    • Uses appropriate functions of the laboratory package, including ordering patient tests and accessioning tests ordered by the provider.
    • Instructs patient, nursing, and medical staff on proper collection, transport, and preservation of blood/urine and other body fluid specimens.
    • Collects appropriate specimen for lab testing according to established lab procedures.
    • Follows accreditation standards, regulatory agency requirements and institutional policies regarding blood borne pathogen, infection control, etc.
    • Practices Universal Precautions (e.g., wears appropriate personal protective equipment, washes hands, etc.).
    • Sets up, operates and/or utilizes appropriate equipment, instruments, containers, and other devices and materials to perform qualitative and quantitative analysis of substances.
    • Prepares solutions, stains, reagents and media required for the conduct of tests/examinations.
    • Interprets and evaluates results of tests/examinations in process and upon completion in order to recognize anticipated reactions and departures from the norm.
    • Provides guidance, direction and training to ancillary laboratory and other personnel when designated as "in charge" of assigned sections/specialization.
    • Performs related tasks as labeling, cleaning and sterilizing equipment, glassware and instruments, etc.
    • Maintains professional knowledge and proficiency in medical technology through continuing education, staff meetings, and participation in professionally oriented activities.
    • Utilizes laboratory computer system to review/write reports and retrieve lab results for patient care.


    Travel Required
    Not required

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    9

  • Job family (Series)
    0644 Medical Technologist

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  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
    • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.
    • ESEP appointees typically serve a two year trial period.
    • U.S. Citizenship is required
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period.
    • Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

    Qualifications
    To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying.

    Note: All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the BASIC REQUIREMENTS of this vacancy announcement to ensure that they meet the course requirements for this position. Provide course descriptions as evidence especially if you have taken classes that include the required courses but have a different course title. You must submit additional documentation before the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

    BASIC REQUIREMENT(S):

    COMPETITIVE SERVICE QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
    Education
    A.
    A Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree from a regionally accredited college/university including courses in biological science, chemistry and mathematics, AND successful completion of a Medical Laboratory Scientist/Clinical Laboratory Scientist program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.
    OR
    B.
    A full 4-year course of study that included 12 months in a college or hospital-based medical technology program or medical technology school approved by a recognized accrediting organization. The professional medical technology curriculum may have consisted of a 1-year post- bachelor's certificate program or the last 1 or 2 years of a 4-year program of study culminating in a bachelor's in medical technology.
    OR
    C.
    A Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of biological science (with one semester in microbiology), 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of chemistry (with one semester in organic or biochemistry), one semester (one quarter) of mathematics, AND five years of full-time acceptable clinical laboratory experience in Blood Banking, chemistry, Hematology, microbiology, Immunology and Urinalysis/Body Fluids. This combination of education and experience must have provided knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of medical technology equivalent to that provided by the full 4-year course of study described in A or B above. Acceptable experience is identified below.
    Evaluation of Education and Experience: The major areas of clinical laboratory science are microbiology, clinical chemistry, hematology, and immunohematology (blood banking). Qualifying course work in these areas includes bacteriology, mycology, mycobacteriology, tissue culture, virology, parasitology, endocrinology, enzymology, toxicology, urinalysis, coagulation, hemostasis, cell morphology, immunology, serology, immunoserology, immuno-deficiency, hemolysis, histocompatibility, cytotechnology, and similar disciplines or areas of laboratory practice.
    For positions GS-7 through GS-15 (or equivalent), experience or graduate education must have been in (1) the general field of medical technology; (2) one of the disciplines or specialized areas of medical technology; or (3) a field directly related and applicable to medical technology or the position to be filled.

    EXCEPTED SERVICE QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

    A. Degree: medical technology, chemistry, or biology that included or was supplemented by at least:
    • 16 semester hours of biological science of which one course was in microbiology and one course was in immunology. (NOTE: If there is no mention of immunology or immunobiology in the course title, the requirements for a course in immunology may be met by any course that covers the following title areas: (1) definition and relationships of antigens and antibodies; (2) host-antigen interactions; (3) bursal and thymic influences on lymphoid cells; and (4) humoral and cellular response mechanisms.) The remaining biology courses must have been in general biology, zoology, or any of the areas listed below under "Evaluation of Education and Experience;"
    • 16 semester hours of chemistry of which one course was in organic or biochemistry. The remaining chemistry course must have been in general chemistry, qualitative analysis, qualitative chemistry, quantitative chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, or any of the areas listed below under "Evaluation of Education and Experience;" and
    • 3 semester hours of college mathematics.
    OR
    B. A full 4-year course of study that included or was supplemented by at least 12 months in a college or hospital-based medical technology program or medical technology school approved by a recognized accrediting organization. The professional medical technology curriculum may have consisted of a 1-year post-baccalaureate certificate program or the last 1 or 2 years of a 4-year program of study culminating in a bachelor's in medical technology.
    OR
    C. A combination of (1) at least 35 semester hours of biological science, chemistry, and mathematics as described in paragraph A above and (2) additional appropriate education and/or experience totaling 4 years. This combination of education and experience must have provided knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of medical technology equivalent ot that provided by the full 4-year course of study described in A or B above. Acceptable experience is identified below.
    Evaluation of Education and Experience:
    The four major areas of clinical laboratory science are microbiology, clinical chemistry, hematology, and immunohematology (blood banking). Qualifying course work in these areas includes bacteriology, mycology, mycobacteriology, tissue culture, virology, parasitology, immunology, serology, immunoserology, immuno-deficiency, hemolysis, histocompatibility, cytogenetics, and similar disciplines or areas of laboratory practice.
    For positions above GS-5, experience or graduate education must have been in (1) the general field of medical technology, (2) one of the disciplines or specialized areas of medical technology, or (3) a field directly related and applicable to medical technology or the position to be filled.

    Acceptable Experience and Certification/Licensure are the same for both Competitive Service and Excepted Service Basic Requirements:
    Acceptable experience
    is responsible professional or technician experience in a hospital laboratory, health agency, industrial medical laboratory, or pharmaceutical house; or teaching, test development, or medical research program experience that provided an understanding of the methods and techniques applied in performing professional clinical laboratory work.
    Certification/licensure as a medical technologist (generalist) obtained through written examination by a nationally recognized credentialing agency or State licensing body is a good indication that the quality of experience is acceptable.

    In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below:
    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

    GS-7: Candidates must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-5 OR 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement.
    GS-9: Candidates must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-7 OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

    Specialized Experience: Experience performing clinical laboratory tests, confirming test results and developing data to be used by physicians in determining the presence and extent of disease, providing staff training, and meeting accreditation agency requirements.

    Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

    You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: 09/19/2018.

    Education
    When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using education to qualify as a substitution for experience, transcripts (unofficial) are required at the time of application to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution. Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html .

    Additional information

    Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave is earned.

    This position meets the criteria specified in pillar number one of the five pillars of the PHS Commissioned Corps. PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online under the merit promotion announcement indicated above in order to receive consideration. For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at: http://www.usphs.gov/

    This position is not covered by a Bargaining Unit.

    Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized; a. A service agreement will be required.

    Government housing is not available.

    Loan Repayment Program (LRP): The Indian Health Service (IHS), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have student loan repayment programs for qualifying health disciplines. This is a competitive process separate from the hiring process. Opportunities for LRP are based on agency hiring priorities and availability of funds. For additional information please visit:
    For IHS - http://www.ihs.gov/loanrepayment/

    This position has promotion potential to the GS-9 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
    • Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.
    • This position is covered by Public Law 101-630, the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Protection Act (25 United States Code Chapter 34) requiring contact or control over Indian children. Due to this law, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere or guilty to certain crimes.
    • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.
    • On-call or standby duty may be required.
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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position. To determine if you are qualified for this position, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against the qualifications as defined in the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement and your responses to the assessment questions.
    You will be further evaluated/rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position) and your responses to the assessment questions to determine your competency in the following:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Medical Technology
    • Problem Solving
    • Technical Competence


    You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the assessment questionnaires. If after reviewing your resume and responses to the assessment questions, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration.

    The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance:
    • Veterans , i.e. (VEOA, VRA, and 30% or more disabled) - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/
    • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) - https://www.ihs.gov/jobs/supporting-documents/permanentDocs/ctap.doc
    • Interagency Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/
    • Schedule A Appointments for the Disabled - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/hiring/

    Click here to view vacancy questions: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10253341 . All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of 09/19/2018, to be considered.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Q - Nonsensitive

    Drug test required
    No

  • Required Documents
    Help Required Documents

    Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference:
    • Resume: You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume. If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed, annual salary, and description of job duties. Include name and address of employer; supervisor name and telephone number.
    • Indian Preference Applicants: If claiming Indian preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432, "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only." Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA Official of tribal enrollment records. For detailed instructions, see form BIA-4432. Refer to BIA-4432 link: https://www.bia.gov/sites/bia.gov/files/assets/public/raca/online_forms/pdf/IndianPref_1076-0160_Exp3-31-21.pdf . When an Indian Preference candidate possesses Veterans' preference the rules regarding Veterans' preference apply under ESEP and the applicant must provide documentation in order to receive preference.
    • Veterans Preference: If claiming Veteran's Preference provide a copy of your DD214 Form (Member 4 copy). To claim 10-Point Veteran's Preference, submit a SF-15 Application ( http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) along with the appropriate supporting documentation. For additional information regarding Veterans Preference visit: www.fedshirevets.gov
    • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctap_guideline.pdf .
    • Current or former Federal employee: Include your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or if Reinstatement eligible include your Career SF-50.
    • Noncompetitive eligibles: submit additional documents to prove your eligibility to apply to this vacancy.
    • Transcripts: Provide copy of transcripts to meet the positive education requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
    • Certification/Licensure (if applicable) as a medical technologist (generalist) obtained through written examination by a nationally recognized credentialing agency or State licensing body.
    Your application package MUST be complete by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 09/19/2018, the closing of this announcement.

    NOTE: You are encouraged to contact Louella Chase, at (505) 256-6820, or email at [email protected], to ensure that you have submitted all of your required application documents and that your application is complete.

  • Benefits
    Help Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    Help How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.
    Click 'Apply' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
    1. Follow the prompts to upload required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
    2. Please ensure you click the 'Submit Application' button to submit your application.
    3. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
    4. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Home, then click the Job Title to expand the details. Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.

    The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (Louella Chase, (505) 256-6820, and/or [email protected]) The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

    For additional questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) found here: https://www.ihs.gov/jobs/index.cfm?module=faq

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    Agency contact information Louella Chase

    Phone
    (505) 256-6820
    Email
    [email protected]

    Address

    Mescalero Service Unit
    PO Box 210
    Mescalero, NM 88340
    US

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    Next steps

    You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJobs that your submission was successful once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.

    You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

    If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed are received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

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    The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.


    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/504448500 . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Company
Indian Health Service
Posted
09/06/2018
Type
Full time
Location
Mescalero, NM, US