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    This position is located within the Facilities Management Service at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. The Health Physicist - Radiation Safety position is responsible for performing independently a wide range of health physics duties associated with the receipt, use, storage, maintenance and disposal of radioactive materials.

    Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m.
    Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

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    • Independently conducts radiation safety audits the Nuclear Medicine department in Imaging, as well as with the facility's Research Service;
    • Manages the Laser Safety and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Safety Programs;
    • Findings from audits are presented in detailed written reports consistent with the guidance and regulations set by VA's National Health Physics Program (NHPP) or the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC);
    • Recognizes deviations from regulations and practices, cites those deficiencies, recommends appropriate corrective action and performs follow-up audits to ensure resolution of violations and/or corrective actions;
    • Initiates corrective actions when unacceptable radiation levels are detected;
    • Conducts surveys and evaluations in other areas of the medical center to determine potential radiation hazards;
    • Coordinates and administers the radioactive waste storage and disposal ensuring that a systematic method of onsite decay and storage;
    • Ensures that disposal of liquid radioactive wastes are properly performed;
    • Provides direct radiation safety and performs safety functions associated with the therapeutic use of radiopharmaceuticals in accordance with NRC regulations to ensure room preparations, monitoring, contamination control, waste disposal.
    • Responds to radiation related emergencies, evaluates situations and decides on or recommends personnel and/or area decontamination and directs 'return to normal' conditions;
    • Performs investigations of accidents, incidents, spills and high radiation dose exposures, lost or misplaced sources of radiation and prepares requisite reports;
    • Foresees and recommends to the Radiation Safety Committee necessary changes in radiation safety program to accomplish its mission more efficiently and effectively;
    • Exercises initiative in innovative approaches for solutions to complex and difficult health physics problems;
    • Prepares and conducts site-specific radiation safety training programs for new or reassigned employees and annual in-service for current employees assigned to areas in which radioactive materials are utilized;

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    1306 Health Physics

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
    • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
    • May serve a probationary period
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


    NOTE: **Must meet the NRC ( 10 CFR part 35) training and experience requirements for an RSO**

    Basic Qualification Requirements - you must meet one of the following:
    A) Successfully completed of a full 4-year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher in natural science or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in health physics, engineering, radiological science, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and/or calculus. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.


    B) A combination of education and experience -- This must include courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or other education; or certification as a health physicist by the American Board of Health Physics (copy of certification must be submitted with your application materials), plus appropriate experience and other education that provided an understanding of sciences applicable to health physics comparable to that described in paragraph A. 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.

    Grade Determination:
    GS-11 Specialized Experience
    : In addition to the above, to qualify for GS-11, you must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this Health Physicist - Radiation Safety position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-9) in the Federal Service. Specialized experience includes using in-depth knowledge of the techniques used to detect and measure ionizing radiation in assessing workplace conditions; performing shipping, receiving and related radiation surveys; performing emergency procedures related to radiation safety; selecting, operating, calibrating instruments used for measuring radiation and radioactive materials; managing/conducting a radiation protection training program; identifying and evaluating radiation hazards and taking measures to eliminate or control exposure to those hazards; and utilizing knowledge of medical uses of radioactive materials and their requirements according to Federal Regulations. 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.


    Education: You must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.


    Combination of Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be combined with experience. 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.

    Physical Requirements: The work may require periods of standing and walking, with recurring activities of lifting and carrying of package waste containers and of lead shielding materials, or shielded sealed sources. Also, preparation of work areas could require lifting heavy lead bricks, and may work in respiratory protective equipment and personal protective lead vestments. The work also requires manual dexterity to pipette microliter volumes, to handle sources of radiation without causing contamination, and to perform complicated sample collection and analytical measurements.The person in this position's time is divided between the office/laboratory setting and many areas of the medical center, including the Research Facility where radioactivity is utilized. Work is performed in areas of low to moderate exposure to radiation and biohazards within regulatory limits. Appropriate


    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

    VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/.

    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 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.

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

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated


    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    Documents Accepted:

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • License
    • OF-306
    • Copy of the license where the applicant is named as RSO
    • Other (2)
    • Other (3)
    • Performance Appraisal
    • Professional Certification
    • Proof of Enrollment
    • Proof of Marriage Status
    • Resume
    • Separation Notice (RIF)
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    Documents Required:
    • Copy of the license where the applicant is named as RSO
    • Resume
    • Transcript

    Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

    Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

    Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    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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    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.


    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 occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 11/20/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10583216.

    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.

    NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCP that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.

    Agency contact information

    Girolamo Tavolante


    Syracuse VA Medical Center
    800 Irving Ave
    Syracuse, NY 13210
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    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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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    The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").
    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 and leadership positions at your fingertips.

    DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY: This position is being filled using Direct-Hire Authority (5 CFR 337.205) for this occupation.

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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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