Medical Technologist Microbiology Job in SAN DIEGO, CA

Vacancy No. OP-17-MKE-1988452-BU Department Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Salary $69,202.00 to $89,966.00 Grade 09 to 09
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 7/17/2017 Close Date 8/7/2017
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
  • Open & closing dates

    2017-07-17 to 2017-08-07

  • Salary

    $69,202 to $89,966 / per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 09

  • Series

    0644 Medical Technologist

  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule

    Full Time

  • Job announcement number


  • Control number



1 vacancy in the following location:

Job Overview

Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1988452

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 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. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

VHA provides patient centered care, delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning and continuous improvement. The Veteran's experience and health outcomes are improved with an emphasis on prevention through healing relationships in an optimal healing environment. We are seeking new team members interested in working in this environment. We are looking for team members that possess high energy, a strong work ethic, integrity, who are kind and empathetic, have a sense of humor, and who enjoy working for a collaborative, team-oriented system. The team member must be willing to build customer confidence by professional dress and demeanor.

We invite you to apply to become part of a team of professionals engaged in promoting positive organizational change to improve business outcomes and create a positive healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers.


Consideration will be given in the following order:

1.     Current and Permanent Employees of the VA San Diego Healthcare systems PALMS.

2.     Current and Permanent Employees within the VA San Diego Healthcare system.

3.     Current and Permanent Employees within the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

4.     Current and Permanent Employees within the Federal Government.

5.     Preference Eligible Veterans.

6.     U.S. Citizens.

The VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) has one (1) full time vacancy in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service for a Medical Technologist (Microbiology). The incumbent of this position must have experience and skill in microbiology. This experience must be clearly demonstrated on your resume submitted for this position.

Specific duties of this position include but are not limited to: (1) Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks of the medical laboratory technician occupation. In addition, performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles. Recognizes and communicates pre-defined critical results affecting patient care. (2) Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis considering physiologic processes and requirements. (3) Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment. Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs, and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment. Diagnoses deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction. (4) Performs and documents quality control and quality assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement. (5) Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. (6) Identifies discrepancies, solves problems, and presents solutions. (7) Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors, which influence test results. Interprets results and suggests follow-up test selection or procedures. (8) Evaluates and implements new techniques and procedures in the laboratory in terms of equipment, method comparison, and establishment of reference intervals. (9) Incorporates principles of educational methodology in the instruction and training of new employees and students and in the laboratory's in-service/continuing education program. (10) Communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member. Provides excellent service as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, patients, and others). Gives direction and guidance using underlying principles of laboratory testing. (11) Organizes work and sets priorities to meet deadlines.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 10:00 am - 6:30 pm, with weekend and holiday rotations

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives are not authorized or offered for this position.

Functional Statement Title/#: Medical Technologist/000000

Bargaining Unit: AFGE

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration


VASDHS Human Resources
Phone: (858)552-8585x3401


3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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