To apply for this position, you must have the following qualifications:
To qualify for this position, you must have the following requirements AND Experience:
A. A Bachelors degree (or higher) with a major 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: Failing to provide a copy of your transcripts may result in non-consideration.
B. A combination of education and experience - the education portion must include at least 30 semester hours in the courses shown above, plus appropriate experience or other education; or certification as a health physicist by the American Board of Health Physics, plus appropriate experience and other education that provided an understanding of sciences applicable to health physics comparable to that described in A above. Note: Failing to provide a copy of your transcripts may result in non-consideration.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY:
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.
In addition to the requirements above, candidates must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in Federal Service.
Specialized experience is defined as experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties, and that is typically in or related to the work of the Health Physicist. Examples of specialized experience include: applying protocols and regulations regarding quality assurance and radiation safety in the medical use of radiation materials; ensuring the proper function and calibration of radiation treatment devices and quality assurance equipment; generating plans for conventional, 3D conformal, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), and Total Body Irradiation (TBI); utilizing therapeutic exposure methods using accessories to produce high quality x-rays and proper treatment dose; and operating various types of equipment used in radiation treatment.
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.
A Quality Ranking Factor has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. The quality ranking factor for this position is:
"I possess a Master's degree or higher in medical physics or another related field and/or I possess Certification by the American Board of Radiology or the American Board of Medical Physics or Board eligibility."
Quality Ranking Factors are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not be used for screening, but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on a quality ranking factor.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
1. Knowledge of imaging techniques.
2. Knowledge of physics.
3. Skill in oral and written communication.
4. Knowledge of quality assurance and radiation safety protocols and regulations.
5. Knowledge of Radiation Therapy treatment planning.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work includes periods of standing, walking, or sitting at a computer console. Carrying of moderately heavy articles, such as bulky metal radiation collimation fitments, alloy blocks, or water phantoms, with some bending and lifting is also required. Manual dexterity is required for the fabrication of treatment devices and radioactive source handling. Work space in located in the Radiation Therapy Service. The position involves some exposure to low levels of radiation. Handling of lead and lead alloys will provide some exposure to that metal as well as cadmium and bismuth. Exposure is restricted through safety precautions and proper ventilation.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
- 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;
- 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;
- 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
- Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.