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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Histopathology Technician in Temple, Texas


The Central Texas Health Care System is recruiting for a highly qualified Histopathology Technician for our Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service located in Temple, Texas.


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. Performs other duties as assigned within the scope of the position. Work Schedule: Rotates Monday - Friday every 3 months between 5:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., 6:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., 7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., and 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment


Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Experience and Education (1) 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, (2) 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 (3) 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 Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. Histopathology Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English. 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). Preferred Experience: 2 years of Microtomy 2 years embedding tissues 1 year IHC/Histochemical stains processing 1 year frozen tissue sections microtomy/ processing 1 year gross-room processing assistant Detail/organization skills Grade Determinations:

Histopathology Technician, GS-5 (Entry Level) (1) Experience or Education. None beyond the basic requirements. (2) Assignment. This is an entry level histopathology technician position. It is expected that histopathology technicians receive guidance from more experienced staff members and require frequent and direct supervision. Assignments associated with this position include, but are not limited to, retrieving and accessioning surgical, cytology, and autopsy specimens; enter and track workload data and disposition of pathology materials and documents electronically; perform pre and post-analytical duties; and may assist in preparation of autopsy protocols as assigned. The incumbent must maintain the integrity of patient identification throughout all processes. Histopathology Technician, GS-6 (Full Performance Level) (1) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. (2) Assignment. At the full performance level, 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 cover slipping. (3) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs. (a) Knowledge of professional anatomic pathology principles, practices, concepts, and theories providing for sound independent work. (b) Knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures, principles of performance improvement, reagent management, inventory supply systems, and document control systems. (c) Knowledge of anatomic pathology laboratory equipment and ability to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot instrumentation. (d) Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member, and effectively complete assignments. (e) Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and evaluate laboratory results. References: VA Handbook 5005/102 Part II Appendix G55, dated April 6, 2018. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-5 to GS-6. Physical Requirements: The work requires some physical exertion such as regular and recurring standing, walking, bending and occasional lifting items up to 40 lbs. In many situations the duration of the activity (most of a work day) 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. Functional Requirements: heavy carrying 45 pounds and over, pushing 1-2 hours, use of fingers, both hands required, standing up to 4 hours, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, good distance vision in 1 eye and ability to read without strain, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted), emotional/mental stability


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: NOTE: If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application.

Additional Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.