Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position, located at the Richmond VA Medical Center, in Richmond, Virginia, serves as Diagnostic Radiologic Medical Physicist providing technical advice/guidance regarding the physical, mechanical, electrical, computer, automation, and radiation aspects of using ionizing and non-ionizing radiation within services of Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Surgical Specialties (Orthopedics, Vascular, Neurosurgery, Urology), Pain Management, Dental, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Oncology. <br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />Other duties include but are not limited to: <ul> <li>Provides diagnostic radiological medical physics support to the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) and the various Services/Sections using radiation in the diagnosis and treatment of disease;</li> <li>Establishes and maintains a radiation protection program and comprehensive quality assurance program for diagnostic imaging equipment, magnetic resonance imaging and angiography, general radiography (which includes mammography and fluoroscopy), and Cardiac Catheters;</li> <li>Develops, oversees, and analyzes technologist's quality control testing of radiation producing, detecting, and measuring equipment (which includes analog and digital radiographic/fluoroscopic equipment, computed radiography, mammo film digitizer equipment, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imagers, ultrasound equipment, nuclear medicine cameras, and diagnostic and clinical viewing monitors);</li> <li>Serves as the administrative coordinator for various surveys and inspections of the Medical Center's radiation producing equipment, such as Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the American College of Radiology (ACR), the Inspector General (IG), etc.;</li> <li>Performs comprehensive quarterly, semi-annual, and annual equipment quality control checks of diagnostic machines using professional guidelines, clinical experience, and manufacturer specifications;</li> <li>Ensures that corrective actions are taken to correct or repair equipment deficiencies;</li> <li>Develops procurement specifications and site plans for related high cost medical equipment purchases;</li> <li>Monitors patient doses from diagnostic radiological procedures;</li> <li>Estimates the absorbed radiation doses to various tissues for a specified X-ray projection;</li> <li>Designs, specifies, and oversees the installation of ionizing radiation shielding, radio frequency shielding, and magnetic field shielding;</li> <li>Provides radiation safety training and in-service demonstrations of proper radiation safety techniques;</li> <li>Evaluates special dosimetry and reviews radiation shielding plans;</li> <li>Calculates the radiation dose to critical organs and provides risk factors for research protocols;</li> <li>Provides senior expert level consultative services/support regarding radiation and medical physics to all Services/Medical Center within VISN 6 and to Veterans Health Administration as a whole; and</li> <li>Performs all other duties as assigned.</li> </ul> <strong>Work Schedule:</strong> Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.<br /><br /><strong>Note:</strong> Incumbent may need to inspect equipment during clinical downtimes, which may be during evenings or weekends (no routine calls but may have to inspect equipment on short notice in an emergency or urgent situation).<br /><br />Financial Disclosure Report: Not required<br /> Recruitment and Relocation Incentives: Not authorized<br /><br /><strong>DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION:</strong> Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received. <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />25% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 14 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job</li> <li>Subject to a background/security investigation</li> <li>Designated and/or random drug testing may be required</li> <li>Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959</li> <li>May be required to serve a probationary period</li> <li>Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><b>English Language Proficiency:</b> In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position. <br /> <b>-AND- </b><br /> <b>To meet the Basic Educational Requirements established for the Physics Series (1310), you must meet one the following requirements: </b><br /> <b>A)</b> You must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher in physics or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics. The courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.<br /> <b>-OR- </b><br /> <b>B)</b> You must have a combination of education and experience — courses equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week.<br /> <b>-AND-</b> <br /> <b>In addition to the Basic Educational Requirements above, to qualify for this position at the GS-14 level, you must meet the following Experience Requirement:</b> <br /> You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-13) in the Federal Service that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of a Physicist – Diagnostic Radiologic Medical Physicist GS-14. Specialized experience include: a mastery of diagnostic medical physics; utilizing knowledge of Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements and other regulatory organizations sufficient to serve as a senior technical expert/consultant; using computerized dosimetry systems; utilizing knowledge of and skill in applying algebra and calculus principles/practices sufficient to compute effective dose equivalents; testing diagnostic imaging equipment and their components to establish a quality assurance program; developing computer based digital imaging networks; and skill in reviewing standards of care and clinical dosimetry accuracy. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.<br /> <b>-AND-</b> <br /> This position includes two <b>Selective Placement Factors</b> (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to – and essential for – satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. <br /> The <b>Selective Placement Factors</b> for this position are: <li>Are you certified by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) in Diagnostic Radiological Physics OR in Radiological Physics?</li> <li>Are you certified by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP) in Comprehensive Health Physics?<br /> <b>Note:</b> A copy of your certification(s) may be submitted with your application or you may be required to provide a copy of your certification(s) if referred for an interview.</li> <br /> You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:<br /> <ul><li>Health Physics</li><li>Oral Communication</li><li>Quality Management</li><li>Research</li></ul><br /><br /><strong>IMPORTANT:</strong> A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/ . <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>IMPORTANT:</strong> A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.<br /><br />There is no educational substitution at this grade level.<br /><br /><strong>NOTE:</strong> Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http: ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html . <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>Physical Requirements:</strong> The work performed by this position is both sedentary and non-sedentary in nature and requires some physical exertion/effort, such as when moving (i.e. lifting and carrying) objects weighing over 45 pounds (e.g. shielding material, camera collimators, and water phantom systems) and when occasionally lifting imaging phantoms on and off of imaging tables. Regular and recurring periods of standing, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, and reaching are required when testing or adjusting diagnostic imaging machine components. <br /><br />The work performed regularly occurs in areas/environments that involve moderate risks and hazards, such as exposure to ionizing radiation. Equipment testing and verification duties require the use of tools around unshielded high voltages and present a risk of electrical shock. Such hazards/environmental conditions require the Physicist to remain alert, to observe special safety precautions, and to wear protective items of clothing and gear (e.g. full face mask, overalls, dosimeters, and ionizing radiation detectors). <br /><br /><strong>Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: </strong>Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.<br /><br /><strong>Special Employment Consideration:</strong> VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. For more information on how to apply using this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator within the office, contact the facility Human Resources Department at (804) 675-5000.<br /><br />It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.<br /><br /><strong>Veterans and Transitioning Service Members:</strong> Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.<br /><br /><strong>The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)</strong> provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .<br /><br />This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.<br /><br />If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application . <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br /><strong> IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC . WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).</strong><br /><br />Your responses to the assessment questionnaire will be reviewed along with the information provided in your resume and supporting documentation to determine if you are qualified for the position. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered and/or you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.<br /><br />Candidates who apply under All U.S. Citizens announcements will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The categories are defined as follows: <ul> <li>Best qualified – applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;</li> <li>Highly qualified – applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;</li> <li>Well qualified – applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and</li> <li>Qualified – applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.</li> </ul> <strong>Application of Veterans' Preference</strong>: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligible applicants that meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category (except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher). <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><strong>IMPORTANT: Please ensure your resume include up-to-date contact information (phone number(s), email address(s), etc.)</strong><br /><br />To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:<br /> <ul><li>Resume</li><li>Transcript</li></ul><br /><br />The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).<br /> <ul><li>Cover Letter</li><li>DD-214</li><li>OF-306</li><li>Other</li><li>VA Disability Letter</li><li>Resume</li><li>SF-15</li><li>SF-50</li><li>Transcript</li></ul><br /><br /><strong>Veterans' Preference: </strong>When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. <strong>Documentation is required to award preference. </strong>For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http: www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx . <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


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