U.S. Department of State company profile

Foreign Service Regional Medical Laboratory Scientist

Job Location:

Overseas and Domestic vacancies - Washington, DC, United States

Job Description:

Open Period: 04/11/2018 to 04/24/2018
Salary: $51,007 to $66,552 per year

The U.S. Department of State, our country’s lead foreign policy agency, provides a rich international experience whether at home or abroad, and opportunities to become responsible leaders. Each day, our employees make a difference as they contribute to our global society and defend and advance our country’s interests and values. They work on the business of diplomacy and high priority issues that impact the safety, security, and prosperity of our world – human rights, environment, energy, food security, public health, and technology – all while experiencing a unique career. Our talented workforce reflects and champions all of our strengths and diversity – personal, professional, and educational. We offer a workplace that values and rewards leadership, collaboration and innovation, and personal and professional development.

The Bureau of Medical Services (MED) in the Department of State maintains and promotes the health and well-being of America’s diplomatic community who represent a wide range of United States government agencies abroad. The Department assigns Foreign Service Regional Medical Laboratory Scientists (RMLS), Medical Officers (RMOs), Medical Officers/Psychiatrists (RMO/Ps), and Medical Providers (MPs) to selected posts overseas. Many of these posts have significant health risks and local medical care that is inadequate by U.S. standards.

The Foreign Service Regional Medical Laboratory Scientist (RMLS) performs a wide variety of tests and procedures in Parasitology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Immunology, Hematology, Blood Banking and Urinalysis. Duties also include training Medical Technologists, visiting local laboratories and addressing food safety, environmental issues, and water quality issues. The RMLS travels up to 75% of the time to provide services at regional posts.

RMLS duties may include, but are not limited to the following at each regional post of responsibility:

Evaluates and reports on the quality of local medical laboratory services, blood banks, and industrial laboratories at home and regional posts
Supervises laboratory personnel
Technical supervisor of regional laboratory personnel
Conducts competency assessments at home and regional posts
Performs and reports on medical and environmental laboratory tests
Performs phlebotomy on patients of all ages
Ensures patient confidentiality and records’ integrity
Addresses food safety, environmental and water quality issues at home and regional posts
Maintains own credentials and continuing medical education
Trains health unit staff on specimen collection, processing, testing, and reporting at home and regional posts
Presents food safety and other instructional classes at home and regional posts
Performs sanitation inspections at home and regional posts
Maintains ServSafe® manager certification

Collaborates with local laboratory directors and managers at home and regional posts

Manages the health unit laboratory operations
Oversees the Quality Management program at home and regional posts
Writes Exposure Control Plans for home and regional posts
Performs cost analysis to determine cost versus benefit when indicated to maintain fiscal responsibility
Mentors new RMLSs
Evaluates test methods
Submits statistical reports to MED
Updates the medical capabilities database for home and regional posts
Emergency Preparedness
Prepares Laboratory testing information for the emergency preparedness program
Assists with the post pandemic medical response plan

Regional Care Responsibilities
Arranges and maintains a regional travel schedule to respond to immediate and routine post needs
Maintains communication with regional health unit staff and responds to email inquires
Liaison with Regional Medical Managers
Maintains regular communication with MED/LAB office in Washington, DC

An RMLS is considered ‘essential personnel’ and is expected to be available on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This job is open to…
Must be a U.S. citizen. Potential applicants should read the entire announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements and understand a Foreign Service career.

Applicants may not reapply for one year after the previous application for the same position.

If a State Department Suitability Review Panel denied suitability in the last two years, you may not apply (except Diplomatic Security Special Agent (SA) candidates whose denial was based solely on the unique requirements for SAs.)

Job Requirements:

To view the full vacancy announcement and to begin the application process, please visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496138600.

How To Apply:

Please refer to job posting for instructions on how to apply.

Contact Information:

Contact: Department of State HR/REE/REC
U.S. Department of State
Email: careers@state.gov
Website: http://careers.state.gov/engage/events


April 13, 2018

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