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Lead Medical Technologist Toxicology Job in MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Lead Medical Technologist Toxicology Job in MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Vacancy No. VU-JMZ-17-199744BU Department Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Salary $64,218.00 to $83,480.00 Grade 11 to 11
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 8/9/2017 Close Date 8/30/2017
Who may apply Status Candidates

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
  • Open & closing dates

    2017-08-09 to 2017-08-30

  • Salary

    $64,218 to $83,480 / per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 11

  • Series

    0644 Medical Technologist

  • Appointment type

    Agency Employees Only

  • Work schedule

    Full Time

  • Job announcement number


  • Control number



1 vacancy in the following location:

Job Overview

Job Overview


 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1997445


OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.  

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? 


An exciting job opportunity awaits you in the Land of 10,000 Lakes!  Since 1921, the Minneapolis VA Health Care System has been improving the lives of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation.   Be part of an innovative team serving our nation's heroes. 

The Minneapolis VA Health Care System (VAHCS) is a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology, as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.  VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/"]


Location:  Minneapolis VA Health Care System, One Veteran Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417

Work Schedule:  Full-Time; Administrative Hours.  Weekends, holidays, and overtime may be needed as priorities demonstrate a need. 

Functional Statement:  Medical Technologist/000000


The Medical Technologist facilitates team or unit processes by working in collaboration with team members to ensure that tasks, priorities, goals and achievements are coordinated with management. Responsible for all aspects of operation in their area of specialty including preparation and maintenance of records and reports, analysis of testing methodologies, training, instrumentation and compliance. Acts as a liaison to other departments of the medical center for the appropriate laboratory specialty.

These assignments require specialized training and experience and have wide latitude for exercising independent judgment. Employees must have advanced knowledge of specialized and complex subject matter extending beyond the duties of test performance.  These assignments require knowledge in the areas of Toxicology and  Immunologyalong with specialized training and experience in the areas of Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GCMS).  Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

·       Serves as an expert providing authoritative advice and consultation for more markedly difficult, complex, unique, and/or emerging tests requiring special knowledge. 

·       Conducts studies and recommends changes to correct deficiencies and improve the specialty area.  Recommends new/replacement instrumentation.

·       Designs work flow to accomplish objectives in the clinical specialty area.

·       Advises all organizational levels on various aspects of the specialized testing, including the appropriateness of specific tests and takes into consideration the clinical context and usefulness of the test information.  Advises on alternate testing to overcome ambiguities in the clinical diagnoses.

·       Identifies training needs appropriate for the type and complexity of the laboratory services performed.

·       Identifies, defines, and resolves issues associated with complex aspects of data or unique or controversial aspects of the testing where no direct precedent exists.

·       Analyzes emerging trends and technology and adopts appropriate methods and testing.

·       Applies laws, policies, precedents, regulatory, licensing, and accrediting requirements to establish, monitor, and maintain the specialized testing.

·       Maintains process control in a specialty area through a multifaceted quality assurance program.

·       Develops and modifies methods, procedure, and techniques.

·       Has experience operating and maintaining the LC-MS/MS and GCMS instruments as well as the automated instruments utilized for Drugs of Abuse testing.

·       Operates the Protein Electrophoresis analyzer and interprets the results and consults with the pathologist.

·       Analyzes samples for autoimmune testing and utilizes the immunofluorescence microscope to interpret the results and consults with the pathologist

·       Performs testing for mycobacterium tuberculosis.

·       In the absence of an on-site supervisor, directs workflow and reports concerns to section supervisor.


            Functions as a Certifying Scientist in the HHS certified Forensic Toxicology Laboratory.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Applications will only be accepted from current permanent employees of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS) to include the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), and the Minneapolis Veterans Canteen Service.

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements
Additional Information
How to Apply
Required Documents

Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration


Joyce M. Zenner
Phone: (612)467-4333


VHA Minneapolis HCS
One Veterans Drive

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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