The position is at the full performance level and is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), at the Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center (CRPCC) located at the NMVAHCS, in Albuquerque, NM. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/10/2022. 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-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-06. 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. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. 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. To qualify for this position, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Possess one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in federal service. Specific qualifying specialized experience for this position (which should be documented on your resume) is: Technical medical laboratory support work such as performing laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic, microbiology, and blood banking) and preparing reports of findings; or technical support work in a closely related field, e.g., biological laboratory technician work, that required application of the methods and techniques for the position to be filled. Experience calibrating and operating laboratory analytical instruments sufficient to independently perform recurring tests and analysis. NOTE TO APPLICANTS: Your answer will be verified against information provided on your resume. If your resume does not clearly support your response by addressing your work experience in detail you will be disqualified. OR, EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION: Successfully completed one full year of graduate education (i.e., education above the undergraduate level) that is directly related to the work of this position as a Medical Technician. NOTE TO APPLICANTS: One year of full-time graduate education is the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the transcript, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED - If you do not submit a copy of your transcript, your application may not be processed.) OR, COMBINATION: Possess equivalent combinations of experience and education as described above to fully meet the requirements of this position. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Attention to DetailChemistryQuality AssuranceTechnology Application 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 some physical exertion, such as regular and recurring standing, walking, bending, or lifting to 40 lbs. In many situations, the duration of the activity (such as most of a workday) contributes to the arduous nature of the job. There may be special requirements for agility or dexterity such as exceptional hand/eye coordination or good color vision. Employees are required to use protective equipment such as mask, gowns, lab coats, goggles, gloves, or face shields to moderate risk, or to follow procedures for minimizing risk. Work area must be maintained in a clean and organized fashion. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["The primary purpose of the Medical Technician (Biorepository) position is to provide full laboratory technician support to the establishment, maintenance, and use of the bio-repository at CRPCC, a biological materials repository that collects, processes, stores, and distributes bio-specimens to support future scientific investigation. Typically, biorepositories can contain or manage specimens from humans, animals, and other living organisms. Additionally, the incumbent provides appropriate support to the CRPCC Chemists in the execution of their duties. MAJOR DUTIES: Processes human tissue samples according to standard operating procedures. Ensures that each sample is processed according to the correct on-going study or storage protocol to ensure the quality of the specimen. Controls contaminated or potentially hazardous specimens in accordance with VA CSP requirements and standard laboratory procedures. Participates on Study Teams as a medical laboratory technician in utilizing new test and examination procedures for assigned human tissue samples. Maintains the biorepository facilities and equipment including monitoring the installation and movement of freezers and testing equipment; balances, calibrates and makes other technical adjustments to equipment on which the settings and measurements are very fine. Ensures necessary supplies are readily available; maintains appropriate inventory levels. Performs new and experimental tests that are distinguished by difficulty and complexity levels, and which involve minute, micro-level distinctions; utilizes new test and examination procedures for assigned human tissue samples. Records information pertaining to the storage of human tissue specimens and reagents, completing appropriate tracking and inventory information; biological sample check-in and storage. Organizes and presents data to supervisor in a logical, systematic format. Be familiar with how their activities impact VA's goal to implement sound stewardship practices that are protective of the air, water, land, and other natural and cultural resources. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.\nTelework: VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD11453A\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.