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Job Title:Biomedical Engineer

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:664-VHA-13-BSa-860117

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$34,067.00 to $97,309.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 to Friday, March 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0858-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
San Diego, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 860117 

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?

 

These (2) positions are located in the Engineering Service for the VA San Diego Healthcare System, Department of Veterans Affairs, in La Jolla, CA.

 

VHA provides patient centered care, delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning and continuous improvement. The Veteran’s experience and health outcomes are improved with an emphasis on prevention through healing relationships in an optimal healing environment.

 

We are seeking new team members interested in working in this environment.  We are looking for team members that possess high energy, a strong work ethic, integrity, who are kind and empathetic, have a sense of humor, and who enjoy working for a collaborative, team-oriented system.  The team member must be willing to build customer confidence by professional dress and demeanor.

 

We invite you to apply to become part of a team of professionals engaged in promoting positive organizational change to improve business outcomes and create a positive healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers.

 

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 professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/job-search/applications.asp.

 

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.

 

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-5 to GS-11.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Must submit transcripts - official/unoffical

DUTIES:

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The Biomedical Engineer assists with the Biomedical Engineering Program, providing guidance and consultation to the medical staff in all areas involving medical instrumentation: in-house services for calibration, repair and safety of all medical instrumentation and assurance of meeting guidelines set by the Assists in the provision of a continuing education program for clinical staff addressing the principles and application of medical instrumentation used in the delivery of healthcare.  Department of Veteran Affairs and other code-setting agencies regarding overall maintenance and safety of medical instrumentation such as computer based patient monitoring systems, digital radiology, Picture Archiving &  Communications Systems (PACS) imaging system, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), etc.  Responsible for providing professional engineering direction to comply with legislative and accrediting requirements at the medical center such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food & Drug Administration (FDA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), etc.  Coordinates and manages the Medical Device Isolation Architecture and network security in the Biomedical Engineering’s Section for the supports and advances patient care by applying engineering and managerial skills to healthcare technology by managing equipment activation process for the replacement medical center from initial planning through installation; assisting in development of the equipment management program that meets current Joint Commission and NFPA requirements. 

 

Must have in-depth knowledge of computers and networking, including standard network hardware, software, standard topologies, media type, and popular protocols to understand the installation and configuration of various peripherals.

 

Work Schedule: Full Time (40 hours a week), Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Functional Statement: #000000

PCS/Relocation expenses will not be authorized.  A Recruitment or Relocation Incentive will not be authorized.  

  

Physical Requirements:  Sedentary work, however, some walking, standing, bending, and lifting of items is required.  

 

Working Conditions:  Work is normally indoors but will be required to frequent travel to other VA facilities. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • English language: Proficient in both spoken and written English.
  • Education and/or Experience:

     

         a.  Bachelor's degree:  Professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: [a] Be in a school of engineering with at least 1 curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; OR, [b] Include differential and integral calculus, and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: [1] statics and/or dynamics; [2] strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); [3] fluid mechanics and/or hydraulics; [4] thermodynamics; [5] electrical fields and circuits; [6] nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); or [7] any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

     

    OR,

     

        b.  Combination of education and experience:   College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished: [a] a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering; and [b] a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to 1 of the branches of engineering.   The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by 1 of the following:

     

             (1)  Professional registration: Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than a written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would not be rated eligible for biomedical engineering positions.

     

            (2)  Written Test: Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners of a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. 

     

    Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either [a] a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, OR, [b] a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5.   Eligibility is limited to positions that are within, or closely related to, the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph 2.b.(1). 

     

    Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

     

           (3)  Specified academic courses:   Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements.   The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph 2b(1).

     

           (4)  Related curriculum:  Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily, there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GS-5:

Experience.  None beyond the basic requirements.  Meeting these requirements should demonstrate the following:

 

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

[1] Knowledge of, and ability to apply, the principles, theories, concepts, and practices of the engineering profession.

[2] Skill to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with a wide variety of individuals, including communicating highly technical information.

[3] Knowledge of, and ability to interpret and apply, relevant codes, regulations, guidelines, and standards associated with engineering.

[4] Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and develop timely and economical solutions.

[5] Ability to keep abreast of changes in technology and to utilize information gained in the solution of engineering problems.

 

GS-7:

Experience.  In addition to the basic requirements, 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

OR,

Advanced Entry Level Placement.  See VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G.

 

In addition to the Experience or Education the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

[1] Ability to prepare written and graphic presentations for other technical staff including technicians and other junior engineers.

[2] Knowledge of relevant codes, regulations, guidelines, and standards.

[3] Ability to learn organizational concepts to meet operational needs.

[4] Ability to learn new technology and identify changes and trends for presentation to other technical staff.

 

GS-9:

Experience.  At least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

OR,

Education.  Education equivalent to 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master’s or equivalent graduate degree in a field of engineering , e.g., biomedical engineering, general engineering, mechanical engineering, etc., provided the applicant’s total background demonstrates the core competencies for GS-9 level assignment.

 

In addition to the Experience or Education the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

[1] Knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts, and practices of the biomedical engineering profession.

[2] Knowledge of relevant codes, regulations, guidelines, and standards, and the ability to make recommendations to assure compliance with medical center programs.

[3] Knowledge of organizational concepts and an understanding of the operational needs of other administrative hospital services.

[4] Ability to prepare material on current technical topics and trends for presentation to other technical staff and mid-level hospital management, and the ability to keep abreast of changes in technology.

 

GS-11:

Experience. At least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level.

OR,

Education. Three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in biomedical engineering or a related engineering field, provided the applicant’s total background demonstrates evidence of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position to be filled.

 

In addition to the Experience or Education the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

[1] Knowledge of an equipment management program that meets current Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements;

[2] Ability to develop material for a continuing education program for clinical staff that addresses the principles and application of medical instrumentation used in the delivery of healthcare;

[3] Ability to advise clinical and administrative staff on emerging medical engineering technology, while keeping abreast of changes in such technology, and utilizing the information to solve biomedical engineering problems.

  

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

 

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G38, Biomedical Engineer Qualification Standard:

http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/T38Hybrid/Documents/gs858.DOC


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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  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.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

 

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

 

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 860117.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, March 29, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume - must include the following information for each job listed: Job Title and Duties (be as detailed as possible), month and year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008), full-time or part-time (include hours worked per week).
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Copy of bachelor’s degree in professional engineering – (required). (Selectee(s) will be required to submit original transcripts.)

  4. Occupational Questionnaire
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required).   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).  
  6. Copy of most recent SF-50 - Notice of Personnel Action with title, series, grade, and step information (required if current or former federal employee).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

VASDHS Human Resources
Phone: (858)552-8585x3401
Email: VASDHSJOBS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA San Diego HCS
Human Resources
San Diego, CA
92122

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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Job Announcement Number:

664-VHA-13-BSa-860117

Control Number:

339907800