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Regional Medical Laboratory Scientist

Healthcare is more than medicine—it’s a way to change the world.
As a Foreign Service Regional Medical Laboratory Scientist, you’ll discover a career combination that enables you to develop your professional skills and engage your personal interests. And with the U.S. Department of State, you may experience living and working abroad in developing areas where access to medical care and facilities is limited.
You will provide critical support to our U.S. Embassy health units by managing the accuracy, safety, and efficiency of all lab-related operations to ensure the best possible healthcare for our U.S. diplomats and their families abroad. You will perform a range of tests and procedures, from routine to highly specialized, in various fields including: Parasitology, Microbiology, Serology, Chemistry, Hematology, Blood Banking and Urinalysis. You may encounter challenges that will engage your unique potential and stretch your creativity, all while having rewarding experiences, exploring new places and different cultures.
In return for your service, you’ll have access to continued medical training and career development programs; health and medical coverage; federal retirement benefits; and generous paid leave. When serving overseas, you’ll receive paid housing or an appropriate housing allowance, and paid education for dependent children K through 12.
Specialized Experience and Requirements
  • You 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 environments
  • Travelling independently to regional posts utilizing commercial air carriers, military aircraft, or other transportation modalities that may not offer special access accommodations
  • Provision 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 running
  • Transportation of patients via small aircraft, ambulances, or other vehicles with high floors
Education Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in medical technology, clinical laboratory science, chemistry, or biological science that must include 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of biological science (with one semester in microbiology), 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) in chemistry (with one semester in organic or biochemistry), one semester/quarter of mathematics from a regionally accredited university or college.
  • Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. 
Key Requirements
  • Be a U.S. citizen and available for worldwide service.
  • Be able to obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance.
  • Be able to obtain an appropriate Foreign Service Medical Clearance.
  • Be at least 20 years old and at least 21 years old to be appointed.
  • Be appointed prior to age 60 (preference eligible veterans accepted).
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U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.