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This position is located in Pathology& Laboratory Service. This is a Medical Technologist (Microbiologist).
As a GS-09 Medical Technologist (Microbiology, Serology, Immunology), the serves as a medical technologist in the Microbiology Department of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service, with responsibility for performing a variety of procedures including but not limited to complex and infrequently requested tests: evaluating unusual results; using and maintaining equipment; setting up cultures; monitoring and evaluating quality controls, and computer entry of specimens and results.
Evaluates the suitability of the specimen for analysis, requesting new specimen if determined to be unusable. Prepares specimens for analysis, insuring that the physiologic state of the specimen properties is maintained. Follows established protocol for handling of mislabeled/unlabeled specimens.
Selects, performs, evaluates and monitors the performance of test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established protocols. Recognizes and reacts to indicators of malfunction; locates and implements corrections
Conducts quality control procedures on equipment, reagents, and products and maintains proper records for quality control reports, including initial quality control of all incoming reagents, kits and supplies.
Performs initial testing on all reagents received in Microbiology, Serology and Immunology before reagents are put into use. This includes lot to lot testing, parallel testing that must be acceptable and approved before reagents/supplies can be put into use.
Calibrates, standardizes, adjusts and maintains instruments. Verifies correct instrument operation using established procedures and quality control checks and monitoring. Identifies the cause of common problems and makes simple repairs.
Evaluates the validity of data in relation to the test system and accepted assay procedures. Correlates quantitative data with patient data (i.e., history, medications) to verify results.
Performs additional tests to clarify or confirm abnormal patient results. Recognizes abnormal results that require immediate attention by the physician and reports them directly and follows the proper Medical Center policies in record keeping.
Responsible for the generation of laboratory results from the work area into the laboratory computer system and for the editing and verification of the results recorded into the computer system.
Utilizes comprehensive knowledge of professional medical technology/clinical laboratory science principles, practices, concepts, and theories providing sound independent work.
Work Schedule:Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with rotating weekends and holidays.
Please Note: You must submit a copy of your Certification. You must submita copy ofyour official transcriptswith your application packet in order to be considered.
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