The Primary Purpose of the Position is to provide histopathology technician services in the Anatomic Pathology subspecialty area of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service by performing routine and complex histopathological and cytopathological procedures, quality control and assurance procedures, operation and routine maintenance of instrumentation, troubleshooting, and overall principles of performance improvement. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) Experience and Education. Experience. One year of experience in a health care field that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work such as but not limited to a medical or clinical laboratory assistant (or technician) or health technician. OR, Education. (a) Four academic years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation such as biological science or chemistry; or (b) Successful completion of two academic years of study above high school that included at least 24 semester hours in Chemistry and/or in appropriate fields of biological science and successful completion of a 12-month program of education and training in histopathology or cytotechnology. OR, Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable. Examples are listed below: (a) Six months of experience in the health care field and two years of education above high school that included at least six semester hours in health care related courses such as biological science, surgical technician courses or other courses related to the position; or an associate's degree in a health care related field. (b) Six months of experience in the health care field and successful completion of a course for health care technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or histopathology technicians given by the U.S. Armed Forces. Certification. None Grandfathering Provision. All Histopathology Technicians employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series, and grade held. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. Histopathology Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5.a., this part. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Histopathology Technician, GS-7 (Advanced) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Assignment. The histopathology technician uses independent judgment to perform the full range of duties including analyzing and evaluating laboratory results. The histopathology technician carries out the day-to-day operations in the laboratory with minimal technical supervision. This includes routine and complex histopathological and cytopathological procedures, quality control and assurance procedures, operation and routine maintenance of instrumentation, troubleshooting, and principles of performance improvement. The incumbent utilizes specialized techniques for handling cell blocks, frozen sections, bone marrows, autopsies, and fine-needle biopsies. The technician prepares technically adequate slides of surgical, cytology, and autopsy specimens by processing, embedding tissue, cutting, staining (including immunohistochemistry), and coverslipping. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs. 1. Skill in applying professional, complex anatomic pathology principles, practices, concepts, and theories in performing new or difficult specialized testing methods or techniques. 2. Ability to provide technical oversight of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement exhibiting competence in managing reagent and supply inventories and document control systems. 3. Ability to validate methodologies, operate anatomic pathology laboratory equipment and perform complex instrument troubleshooting. 4. Ability to use independent technical judgement to analyze and evaluate laboratory results and resolve problems. Preferred Experience: Two (2) years of Microtomy Two (2) years Embedding tissues One (1) year IHC/ Histochemical stains processing One (1) year Frozen tissue sections microtomy/ processing One (1) year Gross-room processing assistant Detail /organizational Skills References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/102, PART II, APPENDIX G55. Histopathology Technician, GS-0646. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is a GS-06. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Light lifting, under 15 pounds; Heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Pushing; Use of fingers; Both hand required; Standing; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Ability to distinguish basic colors; ["Major duties include, but are not limited to: Retrieves and accessions Surgical, Cytology, and Autopsy Specimens. Assists in Gross-room procedures as assigned. Disposition of pathology materials. May assist in preparation of Autopsy protocols. Maintains the integrity of patient Identification. Prepares sections of human tissues for immediate examination, using rapid tissue processing and frozen techniques. Operates computerized/ automated laboratory equipment. Performs chemical changes for the assurance of quality performance of equipment. Performs Microtomy, prepares slides, cuts, and stains extremely delicate specimens. Performs Histochemical/Immunohistochemistry Special Stains for sensitive diagnostic purposes. Ensures that sufficient supply of reagents, supplies, and controls are available. Monitors specimens, equipment and the environment for contamination. Maintains and controls laboratory records according to established protocols and procedures. Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts: 5:00AM-1:45PM, 6:00AM-2:45PM, 7:AM-3:45PM, 7:30AM-4:15P, 8:AM-4:45PM\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #: HISTOPATHOLOGY TECHNICIAN (ADVANCED)/ 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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