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    Summary

    OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

    VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS) is the second largest and most complex VA system in the nation, comprised of the Dallas VA Medical Center, Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham, Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic and Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic. VANTHCS includes five Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) locations as well as an annex clinic located three miles from Dallas VAMC. A Fisher House is located on campus at Dallas VAMC. VANTHCS is an integrated health care system with approximately 5,000 employees and over 1,600 volunteers and clinical trainees. Through these four facilities and relationships with other agencies, VANTHCS offers health care services to approximately 500,000 veterans. 

    Dallas VA Medical Center is the corporate headquarters for VANTHCS and serves as the tertiary referral center. Through its partnership with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, it also has emerged as a major teaching and medical research center. The Research Program operates $8.7 million in grants. Primary care and multi-specialty outpatient clinics are also provided, making VANTHCS the first in bed days of care, the second in unique Veterans served, and the second in outpatient visits. Dallas provides a variety of cultural and educational opportunities, affordable housing and is easily accessible nationally and internationally.

    These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard. As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.


    VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

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    Responsibilities

    VA North Texas Health Care System, Dallas VA Medical Center is actively recruiting for an ABR board certified  Therapeutic Medical Physicist. The service treats 50 to 60 patients per day using Varian 23EX equipment, soon to be replaced with True Beam. A Philips Large bore 4D CT simulator is housed within the department and PET CT Simulation is frequently performed. Treatment planning options include both Pinnacle and Eclipse systems, with deformable registration using MIM software. The service is fully paperless. Clinical support is provided by 2 full time nurse-coordinators, 2 full time dosimetrists, and 1 full time physicist, along with administrative and therapy staff.

    The employee will participate in activities necessary to maintain accreditation by the ACR and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.  Duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Under the direction of the Supervisory Therapeutic Medical Physicist, oversees the chain of events from image acquisition to treatment verification and delivery to assure consistent geometry and optimal treatment delivery.
    • Performs the clinical practice of therapeutic medical physics in its entirety with considerable discretion and independent judgment. 
    • Provides assessments and monitoring of image quality throughout this chain of events.
    • Acquires and stores data for treatment plans such that the information is secure and retrievable.
    • Designs and/or oversees the design, and fabrication of treatment aids and beam modifiers as needed. 
    • Calculates and/or supervises the calculation of dose distributions and machine settings for patient treatments. 
    • Establishes protocols to ensure high quality patient dosimetry and determination of actual delivered dose.
    • Performs the following actions to oversee radiation therapy treatment planning: monitors and improves treatment processes; evaluates treatment plans for conformance to department standards, ensures the accuracy of treatments, and integrity of data recorded in the patient's medical records; performs patient specific treatment validation measurements; and documents medical physics policies and procedures for the delivery and quality assessment of advanced treatment procedures such as intensity modulated radiation therapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy. 
    • Provides direct assessment of the patient in order to render clinical physics judgment for radiation planning and delivery.
    • Evaluates the program to protect the patient and others from potentially harmful or excessive radiation.
    • Exercises sound judgment in the evaluation of the quality, safety, and accuracy of radiation treatments planned and delivered to patients, thus ensuring that correct radiation dose is delivered as prescribed.
    • Measures and characterizes radiation used for radiotherapy using the appropriate procedures necessary to ensure delivered dose integrity.
    • Provides assistance to other health care professionals in optimizing the balance between the beneficial and deleterious effects of radiation.
    • Performs the following actions to assist in the implementation of new equipment and processes: assesses radiation therapy equipment needs; performs acceptance testing and commissioning of new radiation therapy equipment; evaluates the adequacy of room shielding; performs radiation surveys; and develops and implements treatment processes.
    • Maintains compliance with applicable federal and state regulations.
    • Applies federal regulations as they relate to medical use of ionizing radiation.
    • Familiar with and applies nationally recognized practice guidelines.
    • Provides other technical or professional services as required by regulatory or advisory bodies.
    • Is a qualified user of the treatment planning systems, delivery systems and QA equipment and software currently in use in the service.
    • Uses Radiation Oncology management software (MOSAIQ) to execute office automation functions such as storing and retrieving electronic documents and files, activating printers; formatting letters, reports, and memoranda; and transmitting and receiving e-mail Uses the Veterans Health Information and Technology Architecture (VISTA) and the Computerized Patient Records System (CPRS) to access information in the Medical Center Computer System. Utilizes the PACS system, treatment planning system, record and verify software, treatment delivery system, and image guidance platform.

    Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm, Subject to On-Call
    Functional Statement Title/#: Therapeutic Medical Physicist/GS-601

    Relocation/Recruitment incentive IS authorized for a highly qualified candidate.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must pass pre-employment examination
    • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
    • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
    • Background and-or Security Investigation required
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

    Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling(up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 —2 hours) Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted). The work requires long periods of standing and walking. There is some bending and carrying of moderately heavy articles such as film cassettes, treatment devices, and molds with heavier lifting of wedges and specially designed shielding blocks.

     

     

    Qualifications

    Basic Requirements:

    U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

    Education.  Master's degree or higher in a physics, science, or engineering discipline recognized by an accredited college or university with at least 30 semester hours in medical physics, health physics, radiological science, physics, engineering, chemistry, or biology; or an equivalent foreign degree and coursework substantiated by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. 

    Board Certification.  Persons hired or reassigned to TMP positions in the VHA must be board certified in the field of therapeutic medical physics by an approved certifying body.  The board certificate must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirements for continuing education. 

              (1)  Approved Certifying Bodies 

              (a)  The American Board of Radiology (ABR) in any of the following field titles: 

              1.  Therapeutic Medical Physics

              2.  Therapeutic Radiologic or Therapeutic Radiological Physics

              3.  Radiologic Physics or Radiological Physics

              (b)  The American Board of Medical Physics (ABMP) in the subfield of Radiation Oncology Physics. 

              (c)  The Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM) in the subfield of Radiation Oncology Physics. 

    Experience: 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; religions; 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.

    Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

              (a)  Experience.  In addition to the basic requirements, completion of a minimum of 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

              (b)  Assignments.  The full performance level TMP is board certified and performs the clinical practice of therapeutic medical physics in its entirety with considerable discretion and independent judgment.  The employee plans, delivers, verifies, and monitors quality assurance of radiotherapy at all levels of complexity.  Specific tasks include:  recommending an optimal modality and treatment technique for the patient; evaluating the quality, safety, and accuracy of radiation treatments planned and delivered to patients, thus ensuring that radiation dose is carried out correctly and completely; and safely operating all radiation planning and delivery devices.  The TMP implements radiation therapy of outstanding technical difficulty and responsibility, providing knowledge-based solutions to resolving issues where no rule-based solutions exist.  The employee plans and directs a specialized program encompassing all physics and clinical aspects of external beam and brachytherapy treatment procedures from treatment simulation to treatment planning to the actual treatment delivery.  The TMP provides technical oversight for the work of entry level TMPs, medical dosimetrists and radiation therapists.  The incumbent oversees radiation therapy treatment planning; designs and approves treatment plans; monitors the accuracy of treatment data recorded in the patient's medical records; provides consultation to the radiation oncologist regarding difficult treatment cases; performs patient-specific treatment validation measurements; and develops medical physics policies and procedures for the delivery and quality assessment of advanced treatment modalities such as intensity modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, and brachytherapy.  The TMP develops, operates and fully documents the medical physics quality assurance program and ensures regulatory compliance within the Radiation Safety Officer's radiation safety program.  The employee safely utilizes and properly operates all radiation oncology equipment, and is therefore qualified and responsible for educating radiation oncology team members including radiation oncologists, radiation therapists and dosimetrists in safety issues that relate to radiotherapy planning and delivery.

              (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.  In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

              1.  Knowledge regarding the safe and efficient use of all radiotherapy devices for external beam radiotherapy.

              2.  The ability to evaluate and ensure correct and safe operation of radiotherapy equipment through complex problem diagnosis and scheduled quality assurance.

              3.  Knowledge of the scientific, clinical, and technical applications of high dose rate and low dose rate brachytherapy treatment simulation, planning, dosimetry, and treatment methods.

              4.  Expertise in the professional, scientific, and technical aspects of shielding methods for external beam radiation delivery systems, radiation survey methods, developing procedures, setting action levels, delivering radiation safety training, developing and documenting competencies, and reporting.  This includes an in-depth knowledge of regulatory requirements and guidelines for radiation shielding and personnel protection.

              5.  Ability to exercise independent professional judgment in the performance and evaluation of calibration, acceptance testing, and clinical commissioning procedures for all types of external beam photon and electron beam delivery systems.  Skilled in the evaluation of acceptance testing and commissioning results of CT simulators.

              6.  Technical skills in 3-D treatment planning, intensity modulated radiation therapy treatment planning, and stereotactic body radiation therapy planning.  This includes specialized knowledge of clinical process steps and resource requirements for planning and delivery of radiation oncology treatments.

              7.  Ability to process information from multi-modality imaging datasets for treatment planning, treatment verification, and radiotherapy response assessment.

    References: VA Handbook 5005/83, Part II, APPENDIX G48, THERAPEUTIC MEDICAL PHYSICIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated July 8, 2015, https://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-handbooks/Documents/5005-83.pdf. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

    Education

    Note: 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.

    Additional information

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

     

    Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

     

    NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Applicable

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    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
       ·ResumeApplicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
       ·Cover Letter
       ·DD-214
       ·OF-306
       ·Other
       ·Other Veterans Document
       ·SF-15
       ·SF-50
       ·Transcript

    VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

    CV or Resume (complete with experiences most relevant to the position, including name and address of employer, job title, starting and ending dates (month and year), average hours worked per week, and a description of your duties). (Required)

    Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  

    Copy of your transcript(s) (Required)

    Copy of Licensure (Required)

    Copy of Additional Certifications (if applicable).

    If prior military service, include all copies of your DD214 Forms. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).

    Copy of most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) (Required if current/former federal employee). The SF-50 must indicate proof of status (for example, you were a career or a career-conditional employee) and should identify your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).

    Copy of most recent performance appraisal

    Any other documents required by the checklist. Please use this checklistto make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

    Veterans' Preference:
    When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.


    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:  You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options.  The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1587901.

    NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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.

    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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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

    Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:
      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 employees 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.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

    To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, January 15, 2016 to receive consideration.

    1.  To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

    2.  Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

    NOTE:  It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Agency contact information

    Employment Office

    Address

    Radiation Oncology
    VAMC Dallas
    4500 S Lancaster Rd
    DALLAS, TX 75216
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    Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1587901 (Include # on all documents)

    Next steps

    After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met.  During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.  After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service.  Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview.  All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made. 

    You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.”  For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.”  Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/425402300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.