The position is located in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Program at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. The incumbent serves as a Medical Technologist in the Immunopathology and Microbiology Section of the clinical laboratory. The procedures may include immunological methodologies, microbiological methodologies, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for many infectious agents. At the full performance level GS-9 The Incumbent performs the following duties: A. The Medical Technologist is responsible for performing a wide range of routine and specialized immunological, microbiological, and molecular test procedures with minimal on-site supervision. The methodologies range from basic screening tests to complex procedures that require specialized training. Duties include, but are not limited to, specimen collection, processing specimens from a variety of sources, culture workups, electrophoresis, particle agglutination, immunoassays, organism isolation and identification techniques, gram and other staining procedures, biochemical reactions, rate nephelometry, immunofluorescence, antimicrobial susceptibilities, and serological grouping procedures, and all other duties as assigned. B. The Medical Technologist is responsible for pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical steps, which include the checking for pending specimens, monitoring of reagents and supplies, preparing reagents prior to analysis, and assessing the integrity of each specimen before, during, and after analysis. He/She verifies the functions of the analyzers, biochemical, media, and all equipment throughout the testing of patient specimens. The Medical Technologist is responsible for all routine equipment maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of instrument problems with the manufacturer's technical service. He/She maintains an inventory of reagents and supplies, recognizes and reacts to indicators of instrument malfunction, implements and documents corrective action, and effectively communicates status of instruments/testing procedures to fellow coworkers and supervisor. C. The Medical Technologist performs daily, weekly, and monthly quality control to assure that all media, biochemical, reagents, equipment, and temperatures are within recommended guidelines. He/She identifies quality control variations and initiates corrective action to correct the problem. He/She documents all quality control activities and maintains accurate records in compliance with accrediting agencies. D. The Medical Technologist obtains, interprets, and verifies all analytical data in order to report their preliminary/final findings as required. He/She reviews and correlates data to verify validity and accuracy of the findings and accurately verifies laboratory test results using the laboratory data processing software. It is imperative that he/she screen all test results to detect discrepancies, artifacts, or possible contamination that may require additional testing. He/She initiates additional testing as necessary. E. The Medical Technologist identifies all unusual findings, discrepancies, and critical results and brings them to the attention of the QA technologist/supervisor. He/She communicates such findings to the appropriate clinician as required. He/She performs additional testing as may be required to insure that a high level of confidence is achieved. F. The Medical Technologist participates in the evaluation of new products such as instrumentation, reagents, media, methodologies, kits, and miscellaneous items. He/She evaluates and initiates new tests/methodologies with respect to precision, accuracy, and linearity. He/She conducts studies to establish reference values, expected results, and verifies reportable ranges. He/She keeps current with the latest developments in the field through journals, publications, professional meetings, training, etc. G. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 6:00am-2:30pm ( negotiable) Occasional weekends and Holidays Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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