The Defense Health Agency, National Capital Region Medical Directorate (NCR-MD) is the future of Military Medicine- a partnership in World Class Medical Healthcare. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Dilorenzo Clinic and the Joint Pathology Center, provide world class medical services to the nation's service members and their families.
About the Position:
This position is with the Department of Pathology, Clinical Pathology, at the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (FBCH), Fort Belvoir, VA. The FBCH Core Laboratory consists of automated and manual chemistry, hematology, and urinalysis testing, basic immunology testing, and automated coagulation testing. The laboratory is staffed 24/7, 365 days a year; each employee works weekends and federal holidays on a rotational basis. Specimen priorities range from routine to urgently needed. The incumbent will be expected to maintain competency in all Core Lab disciplines.
The work involves regular and recurrent exposure to hazards such as highly infectious diseases, potentially carcinogenic and corrosive substances, electrical appliances,open flames, gas under pressure, and low-level radiation. The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is required.
Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens
- Not Required
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.
Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes performing a wide variety of laboratory generalist testing in areas such as hematology, coagulation, chemistry, and urinalysis within a clinical laboratory; and conducting quality control procedures on equipment such as troubleshooting, maintenance, and calibration. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-07).
Education: One and a half years of graduate level education in a field directly related to the work of the position, such as Medical Technology or Clinical Laboratory Science.
Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the first year (total semester hours minus 18) by 9. Add the two percentages.
Certification Requirement: Certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), American Medical Technologist (AMT), or other organization deemed comparable by the Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (OASD HA) or their designee, Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CCLM) as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) or Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist (MT/MLS) is required.
Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please submit your foreign education evaluation with your application.
Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.
- Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
- You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
- Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
- Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination.
- Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Tier 3 (T3) security clearance.
- This position requires the incumbent to have tuberculosis testing.
- This position has mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination requirements and is subject to annual seasonal influenza vaccinations unless otherwise exempted for medical or religious reasons.
- This position requires you to satisfactorily complete a pre-employment physical examination.
- This position may require the incumbent to work on any day or shift, including PMs, nights, weekends, holidays, or on an "on call" basis, necessary to meet mission requirements.
- This position has been designated as Mission Essential and the incumbent must assume essential personnel status during inclement weather/emergencies.
As a Medical Laboratory Technician you will perform a variety of advanced, highly specialized, difficult, complex laboratory tests. Independently evaluate requested procedures to determine suitability of specimens for analysis; prepare specimens for analysis, ensuring the specimen's physiological state is maintained through the analytical phase. Apply established protocols to perform, evaluate, and monitor the performance of test procedures using manual and/or automated techniques. Prepare blood and bone marrow smears, examine microscopically and perform a variety of special stains to differentiate and show cellular aberrations or iron content. Recognize when reactions are not progressing properly, and what recommendations to make in order for corrective actions to be taken. Conduct quality control procedures on equipment to include troubleshooting and correcting malfunctions, instrument maintenance, and calibration.