The incumbent will work as a Medical Technologist Generalist - Advanced Staff Technologist-Microbiology in the Laboratory Department at the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Northampton, Massachusetts. This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Duties include but are not limited to:Incumbent has advanced knowledge of microbiology and complex subject matter extending beyond the duties of test performance. The incumbent maintains knowledge of current medical technology principles and procedures by attendance and/or participation in continuing education programs and/or by reading relevant journals. The incumbent will be responsible for high level of responsibility in the microbiology department. This would include, but not limited to, supplies control, instrument maintenance, conducting various technical analyzer performance studies, managing quality control and participate as a member of the VISN 1 Microbiology Functional Group. The incumbent will maintain the procedures, writing and revising as needed. In addition, be well informed of the most up to date technology, presenting recommendations for improvements or changes to the supervisor. Serves as an expert providing authoritative advice and consultation for more difficult, complex, or unique tests requiring special knowledge. Assists the supervisor in technical phases of the organizational level on various aspects of the specialized testing including appropriateness that takes into consideration clinical context. Attends vendor training for a complex analytical instrument and is responsible for training employees in its operation. Conducts studies needed for complex testing. Performs complex maintenance procedures and is consulted as the in-house expert for resolving problems. The incumbent may be required to provide essential and emergency laboratory coverage at anytime, day or night. The incumbent may be required to rotate work assignments for weekends, evenings and holidays, to work solo, and/or serve as acting Supervisor. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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