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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.
The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.
The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE"). America's Veterans need you!
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: You must first meet Basic Education Requirements for this position. When applying for positions with a Basic Education Requirement you MUST provide official or unofficial transcripts that state a degree was conferred in the appropriate field. For this position the appropriate field is health or allied sciences. You must provide any additional information to support you have met the Basic Education Requirement as outlined where the major field of study is not readily identified. (Copies of Degrees or course listings are not adequate information to meet the Basic Education Requirement).
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Must possess successful completion of a full four (4) year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, you must also possess specialized experience and/or directly related education to qualify for this position as described below.
Specialized Experience: Must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the Histotechnologist position. This experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized Experience includes: working experience performing duties associated with a histology section such as collecting, harvesting and processing all controlled material used; performing and overseeing all Immunohistochemical (IHC), direct immunofluorescence (DIF) and In Situ Hybridization (ISH) staining using appropriate controls, multiple detection techniques and multiple instruments; performing routine and special procedures including accessioning, grossing, embedding, microtomy, H&E staining, and special stains to support the histology section; operating, maintaining, and troubleshooting instruments for embedding, cutting, and staining; using skills to cut thin sections of paraffin embedded tissue using a microtome and prepares slides for microscopic examination; preparing, storing, and maintaining inventory of antibodies, reagents, and supplies for IHC staining procedures. (This experience must be documented in your resume.)
Education: Must possess two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree OR a master's degree OR equivalent graduate degree directly related to the work of the position. (One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one (1) year of full-time study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended). (Transcripts Required)
Combination of Experience and Education: Must possess equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate education and specialized experience directly related to the work of the position. (Transcript Required)
You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
- Attention to Detail
- Eye-Hand Coordination
- Infection Control
- Interpersonal Skills
- Quality Assurance
- Technical Competence
- Technology Application
IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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.
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; religious; 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.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
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.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work requires manual dexterity, visual acuity, color vision, regular and recurring physical exertion such as the use of motorized microtome or cryostat, climbing stairs and standing for long periods of time. You will be lifting five (5) gallon reagent containers and other moderately heavy supplies and equipment. You must have a high degree of tolerance and ability to work under stress which at times can be irregular and sometimes constant. Additionally the demand for accuracy and timeliness in reporting results to pathologists responsible for patient care is an ever-present responsibility and a constant concern.
Work Environment: The work environment is one in which the technologist is constantly associated with potentially highly infectious material such as AIDS, TB, CJD, Legionella and hepatitis. Standard precautions and use of personal protective equipment must be taken seriously and adhered to strictly to minimize or avoid becoming exposed to infections and toxins. Monitored ventilation protects the environment of chemical fumes. The work involves regular and recurring risks and discomforts associated with working in a histology laboratory such as working with hazardous, irritant chemicals such as formalin and xylene, hazardous biological substances, low level radiation and use of sharp microtome and scalpel blades.
Public Trust - Background Investigation
These positions are located within the Histology Section at the VA Medical Center, Washington, DC. You would be responsible for performing, evaluating, and maintaining all complex procedures required to support diagnostic testing and for training personnel on these procedures. You would also develop, establish, improve and solve problems with complex testing procedures and implement new testing methods. Your duties can include but are not limited to the following:
- Collects, harvests and processes all control material used
- Performs and oversees all Immunohistochemical (IHC), direct immunofluorescence (DIF) and In Situ Hybridization (ISH) staining using appropriate controls, multiple detection techniques and multiple instruments
- Performs routine and special procedures including accessioning, grossing, embedding, microtomy, H&E staining, and special stains to support the histology section
- Operates, maintains, and troubleshoots instruments for embedding, cutting, and staining
- Uses skills to cut thin sections of paraffin embedded tissue using a microtome and prepares slides for microscopic examination
- Prepares, stores, and maintains inventory of antibodies, reagents, and supplies for IHC staining procedures
DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
Work Schedule: Monday to Friday - 8am to 4:30pm
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required