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Pay Range:
$48,837 to $65,633 / Per Year
Job Grade:
Permanent after tenure granted by a Foreign Service Specialist (FSS) Tenure Board.
Apply by: 2017-09-26 Published: 10 months ago

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 in the Department of State maintains and promotes the health of employees and their accompanying family members who represent 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 select 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 30 - 50% of the time to provide services at regional posts.The Department of State is developing a rank-order list of eligible hires for a limited number of FSS vacancies based on the needs of the Department.To learn more about the Department of State and a career as an FSS, please visit us at

In addition to the Educational requirements and Specialized Experience (see below) requirements, applicants must:Demonstrate completion of a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) Program for a Medical or Clinical Laboratory Scientist, or Medical Technologist;Must have passed a national certification examination; and,Have a current certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist or Medical Technologist.Specialized ExperienceAt least four years of laboratory experience as a Generalist Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist in a clinical laboratory after certification.

The four years of experience must be within the last eight years; and, Applicant must have at least four years of laboratory experience as a generalist in the Clinical Laboratory and include work in Chemistry, Hematology, Blood Banking, Urinalysis, Microbiology, Parasitology, and Immunology, with progressively responsible experience as a Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist.Applicant must have demonstrated skill in performing tests with detail and accuracy and providing information to appropriate individuals as necessary.

The work involves exercising a high degree of laboratory management expertise.Applicant must have knowledge of the following: Laboratory Science, General Anatomy, Medical Terminology and; Quality Control procedures and Quality Assurance plans; laboratory equipment used in performing a variety of laboratory tests; skill in performing preventive maintenance and troubleshooting on laboratory equipment; ability to train other medical professionals in laboratory techniques is required.Applicant must be a skilled and experienced Medical Laboratory Scientist capable of working independently.

Experience in performing laboratory techniques to diagnose infectious and tropical diseases is preferred.Applicant must have the ability to develop, coordinate, and administer health care programs and procedures, including individual and community health promotion and disease prevention programs.

Applicant must have the ability to organize and supervise a diverse group of technologists/medical scientists who have varying degrees of expertise, education and command of the English language.

Understanding of the unique cultural differences related to health care delivery in various countries and the ability to deal with the differences in a positive manner is a necessity.Applicant must have the capacity to gain the cooperation and confidence of patients, co-workers, supervisors, and subordinates.

Individuals must have experience in working in a multidisciplinary practice as well as experience in team building.

Effective written and oral communication skills, and the ability to present laboratory findings in a clear and concise manner to medical and non-medical personnel, are essential.

The demonstrated ability to teach or lecture to groups on laboratory issues is preferred.General computer and Microsoft Office skills are required.Knowledge, Skills, and AbilitiesEducation, work experience and other qualifications are evaluated for evidence of the following knowledge, skills, abilities and other requirements that have been identified as important to successful job performance as a Regional Medical Laboratory Scientist (RMLS) based on extensive job analysis research.

Not all of these attributes need to be met by a candidate; the attributes will be used as a set to evaluate candidates.Knowledge of medical laboratory equipment, the Federal Regulations governing clinical laboratories and testing to include: CLIA 88, OSHA requirements for safety in the clinical laboratories and health clinics, US accreditation requirements, phlebotomy, computer and Microsoft Office programs, Quality System Essentials (QSEs) and Quality Management guidelines, International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations, medical laboratory tests, laboratory management, food safety guidelines, water testing methods and standards, and, Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) guidelines for all testing.Specialized skills in performing laboratory tests, performing phlebotomy, analyzing, observing, interviewing, public speaking, organizing, supervising, networking, customer service.General skills in operations monitoring, systems analysis, systems evaluation, quality control analysis, equipment maintenance, equipment selection, science, reading comprehension, active learning, coordination, time management, critical thinking, complex problem solving, judgment and decision making, service orientation, instructing, persuasion, social perceptiveness, mathematics, active listening, writing, speaking.Other attributes including tolerance of travel, worldwide available, tolerance of living overseas, tolerance of living away from family, teamwork and cooperation, empathetic personality, self-motivated/sufficient, physical endurance, etc.Superior oral and written communication skills: Applicants must demonstrate a strong command of the English language to include grammar, spelling and punctuation.

FSS must consistently meet a high standard for English, both written (overall structure as well as grammar, spelling and punctuation) and spoken (overall structure as well as delivery, clarity and succinctness).Physical RequirementsRMLSs may need to perform essential functions effectively with or without reasonable accommodation, in environments that pose physical or other occupational challenges.

These duties may include:Provision of direct patient care that may require heavy lifting, pulling, stooping, and twisting in austere environmentsTravelling independently to regional posts utilizing commercial air carriers, military aircraft, or other transportation modalities that may not offer special access accommodationsProvision of emergency care in any location following an accident, natural disaster, or attack and emergency care in potentially hostile or physically challenging environments, such as in buildings without elevators or in areas with irregular spaces that require kneeling, bending, stooping, lifting, and runningTransportation of patients via small aircraft, ambulances, or other vehicles with high floors.

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 positon.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.)

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