Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 22, 2023
Atlanta, GA
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As a global leader in public health & health promotion, CDC is the agency Americans trust with their lives. In addition to our everyday work, each CDC employee has a role in supporting public health emergency management, whether through temporary assignments to emergency responses or sustaining other CDC programs and activities while colleagues respond. Join our team to use your talent, training, & passion to help CDC continue as the world's premier public health organization.


  • As a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (Medical Technologist), you will: Provide expert advice related to the development, dissemination, and promotion of regulatory and voluntary quality standards and guidelines for the nation's clinical and public health laboratories. 
  • Serve as a project lead to review, evaluate and interpret scientific information in terms of existing quality system standards and voluntary quality guidelines. 
  • Recognize and define clinical laboratory testing problems and evaluate methods for solutions. 
  • Recommend policy changes for issues involving technical laboratory practices and procedures. 
  • Identify training needs for clinical laboratory staff and develop materials to accomplish objectives.


  •  A Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree from a regionally accredited college/university including courses in biological science, chemistry and mathematics, AND successful completion of a Medical Laboratory Scientist/Clinical Laboratory Scientist program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. 
  • Department of Education(external link) at the time the degree was obtained. (OR)
  • A full 4-year course of study that included 12 months in a college or hospital-based medical technology program or medical technology school approved by a recognized accrediting organization. 
  • The professional medical technology curriculum may have consisted of a 1-year post- bachelor's certificate program or the last 1 or 2 years of a 4-year program of study culminating in a bachelor's in medical technology (OR)
  • A Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree from an accredited college/university. 
  • Certification/licensure as a medical technologist (generalist) obtained through written examination by a nationally recognized credentialing agency or State licensing body is a good indication that the quality of experience is acceptable.

Skills and Responsibilities

  • Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 level of difficulty and responsibility in the Federal service as defined in the next paragraph. 
  • Specialized experience is experience at or equivalent to which is directly related to the position which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position including experience in participating in developing standards, guidelines, regulations, training courses, and educational products to maintain and continually improve the quality of laboratory testing in clinical and public health settings. 
  • Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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