Safeguarding the health of diplomats around the world
As America’s leading foreign affairs agency, the U.S. Department of State seeks to promote peace and prosperity at home and around the world. The Department’s Bureau of Medical Services (MED) comprises more than 200 clinicians who support this mission by safeguarding the health of diplomats and their family members in more than 170 locations worldwide.
The Bureau’s Regional Medical Laboratory Scientists (RMLS) provide invaluable support to overseas medical units, U.S. government medical specialists, employees, and eligible family members. Responsibilities include managing laboratories at assigned posts, providing technical consulting, performing competency assessments, evaluating quality assurance, and implementing health and safety programs for laboratories and post populations.
As a Foreign Service Regional Medical Laboratory Scientist, you will perform 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. An RMLS is considered essential personnel and is expected to be available on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Benefits include a recruitment and retention incentive of 10% of annual salary, health and medical coverage, federal retirement benefits, generous paid leave, overseas tax-free housing, and tax-free education allowance for dependent children between K-12. Plus, you can receive continuing education credits by attending national laboratory CME programs each year.
No matter which professional, academic, or personal path you have taken in life, you can turn your unique perspectives and medical skills into an exciting public service career.
While there are currently no positions available, you can review position requirements and learn more about working for the U.S. Department of State as a Regional Medical Laboratory Scientist by visiting our careers site at https://careers.state.gov/med/.
The Bureau of Medical Services maintains and promotes the health of diplomats and their family members who represent U.S. government agencies abroad. The U.S. Department of State assigns Foreign Service Medical Specialists to select posts overseas. Many of these posts have significant health risks and local medical facilities are often inadequate to cope with them. Foreign Service Medical Specialists provide primary and preventive health care services across the lifespan; engage in diplomatic responsibilities; direct health unit administrative functions; coordinate emergency medical response duties; and accomplish regional management duties.
This bureau has more than 200 clinicians working in over 170 countries, supported by 11 medical and administrative offices in Washington, D.C., and abroad. No matter which professional, academic or personal path you have taken in life, you can turn your unique perspectives and medical skills into an exciting public service career.