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Job Title:Biomedical Engineer (Clinical Information Systems Healthcare Technology Manager)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:HYB-583-13-890612 EO

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$54,028.00 to $106,853.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, May 14, 2013 to Thursday, May 23, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Indianapolis, IN United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 890612

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.  


We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.


In Indianapolis, it's so easy to do so much offering big-city amenities in a convenient, easy-to-navigate package wrapped in a friendly, inviting atmosphere.
The nation's 13th largest city has gone through a dramatic revitalization and a stunning renaissance that makes it a different place than it was just a decade ago. Indy is the perfect balance of cosmopolitan style and small-town charm that makes it a successful destination for leisure travel, conventions and group tours, catering to more than 21 million visitors a year.

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9 to GS-13.  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.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


  • 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


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As a Biomedical Engineer for the VISN 11 Healthcare Network, the incumbent provides professional engineering management to a complex, technically sophisticated, and service oriented Biomedical Engineering Program. The Biomedical Program includes healthcare technology strategic planning, pre-purchase assessment, acquisition support, implementation coordination, equipment management, training, and ongoing maintenance support across the enterprise.

The incumbent supports the Network mission and Biomedical Engineering Program goals while operating in accordance with VISN policies, biomedical policies, and standards of professional service. He/She is the program manager and senior technical advisor on Healthcare Analytics database, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Clinical Information System/Anesthesia Record Keeper (CIS/ARK) systems, VISN 12 data warehouse, PACS, MUSE, ACOM, Dental PACS, Medical VLAN, Medical Firewalls, and other assigned biomedical/clinical information systems and matters to Network executive management, Network Program Officers, executive management at all medical centers, clinical service lines, and facility department directors. He/She will have full management oversight to include budget oversight, COTR duties for the CIS/ARK project. In addition, the incumbent will be called upon to provide support and guidance to the VHA Healthcare Technology Management Program Office (Biomedical Engineering) in matters related to CIS/ARK.

The Biomedical Engineer provides oversight on all MEDICAL NETWORKS technologies that extend across the VISN. As such, he/she will spend time physically at each location, as well as furnish technical support virtually from his/her Network-based location.

Program Involvement and Management

The Biomedical Engineer reports directly to the Network Chief Biomedical Engineer or Point of Contact (POC). He/She receives administrative direction with assignments in terms of broadly defined missions and functions. He/She exercises authority to oversee the overall planning, direction, and timely execution of the assigned projects. He/She has responsibility for planning, designing, and implementing programs, projects, studies, and other work to support MEDICAL NETWORKS technology across the Network. Successful execution of these responsibilities has major impact upon the outcome of patient care delivery.

The Biomedical Engineer as the Medical Networks/Clinical Information Systems Healthcare Technology Manager is recognized as the senior technology expert and program manager for Medical Networks. He/she will collaborate extensively with clinical program managers, Network Officers such the CMO, CLO, CIO, CFO, and others in order to manage technical and administrative aspects of the programs.

The Biomedical engineer will be an integral member of the Biomedical Engineering staff within VISN 11 and will provide technology assessment, project management and system management for other multi-site medical systems as required.

Technical Expertise

The Biomedical Engineer is recognized as a technical expert and advisor on MEDICAL NETWORKS issues and oversees the project support provided by biomedical staff across the Network. The Biomedical Engineer advises the Network Chief Biomedical Engineer (or POC) and Network Leadership in the area of MEDICAL NETWORKS technology.

Medical Technology Assessment, Acquisition, and Implementation

The Biomedical Engineer leads technology assessment of MEDICAL NETWORKS systems and related equipment by working collaboratively with medical staff to evaluate market offerings, determine VISN requirements, design system configurations, and develop specifications. These technology assessments are often extremely complex and stakeholder intensive. He/She works collaboratively with the Contracting staff to procure equipment that best meets clinical needs on balance with competitive processes and value considerations. The Biomedical Engineer coordinates implementation of MEDICAL NETWORKS technology including assessing site preparation requirements, managing project activities and timelines, monitoring installations, and facilitating training of equipment operators and maintainers.

Technology Leadership and Recurring Technical Support

The Biomedical Engineer serves as the resident expert and project manager of MEDICAL NETWORKS technology for the VISN. The Biomedical Engineer manages implementation and recurring technical support of MEDICAL NETWORKS technologies and actively collaborates with OIT and clinical service lines to optimize effectiveness of the systems. He/She represents CIS/ARK solutions and technology related processes to senior management and relevant Network committees/councils.

The Biomedical Engineer is responsible for overall coordination of technical support of CIS/ARK within VISN 11, including corrective and preventive maintenance. He/She applies expert knowledge to rapidly restore systems to full operation. Performs hands-on system level technical support and is the recognized expert in CIS/ARK. The Biomedical Engineer trains technical support staff at each facility within VISN 11. The incumbent coordinates support resources across the Network to leverage respective expertise located at each facility. The incumbent develops periodic maintenance procedures. Often, specific performance testing procedures have not previously been developed and the Biomedical Engineer must apply knowledge and experiences with similar subsystems to develop procedures. These procedures will be modified over time to accommodate for changing equipment needs, condition, or experience gained. The Biomedical Engineer uses considerable judgment and creative thinking to accomplish maintenance objectives without sacrificing system availability for clinical use. The incumbent coordinates vendor support agreements as appropriate.

 CIS/ARK Technology Projects and Methods

The Biomedical Engineer is responsible for establishing consistent methodologies, protocols, and procedures across VISN 11 in the CIS/ARK project. The incumbent identifies best practices and propagates them across the system. The incumbent manages special projects as assigned including technology initiatives, technical consultation, quality improvement efforts, customer satisfaction surveys, and customized reporting. The Biomedical Engineer also facilitates communication with appropriate stakeholders across the VISN.

Patient Safety

The Biomedical Engineer contributes to VHA, VISN, and facility patient safety goals. He/She assures that medical device recalls and hazard alerts as related to MEDICAL NETWORKS are acted upon as appropriate and that equipment related safety enhancements are implemented across the Network. The Biomedical Engineer supports implementation of effective education programs for MEDICAL NETWORKS users.

Regulatory Agencies

The Biomedical Engineer is responsible for monitoring and reporting to allow the VISN and facilities to meet the requirements set by accrediting organizations such as The Joint Commission, the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the NRC, and others. The Biomedical Engineer remains current with standards interpretation, implementation objectives, and regular reporting requirements.

 Infrastructure Planning

The Biomedical Engineer consults on construction projects, information technology projects, space functional changes, and associated planning with respect to CIS/ARK medical technologies and its related clinical areas (OR, ICU, PACU, etc). This includes site preparation for medical technology via station level projects, non-recurring maintenance projects, clinical specific initiatives, minor construction, and turn-key project designs. Infrastructure planning support ranges from conceptual design to very detailed plans. The Biomedical Engineer collaborates with designated OlT staff as appropriate to secure IT resources and engagement with respect to medical technology initiatives and equipment projects.

Budgetary and Financial Management

The Biomedical Engineer oversees financial management of the CIS/ARK project, including budget forecasting, expenditure monitoring, and maintenance cost analysis. A high degree of technical judgment, initiative, originality, and resourcefulness is required to efficiently and effectively anticipate, identify, and solve unique challenges in the dynamic VISN 11 environment. Managing MEDICAL NETWORKS project and equipment procurement processes include "right-sizing" equipment functionality, developing technical specifications, evaluating technical proposals, and contributing to price negotiations. The Biomedical Engineer analyzes maintenance and support strategies including review of out-sourcing versus in-house support for different aspects of the system. He/She analyzes and recommends optimal maintenance strategies clinical technology systems.


The Biomedical Engineer is an active member of the Network Office and an integral member of the CIS/ARK Steering Committee. He/she is consulted on matters pertaining to CIS/ARK personnel including staffing levels, recruitment, retention, performance, and education. He/she directs technical staff through matrixed relationships to support effective service delivery. The Biomedical Engineer fosters and coordinates continuous staff development of CIS/ARK personnel. He/she works closely with the Clinical Applications Coordinators (CACs) at each site ensure optimal use of the technology.

Supervisory Controls

The Biomedical Engineer works collaboratively with Network and facility biomedical engineers, Biomedical Equipment Support Specialists (BESS), CACs and OIT staff to accomplish work. In addition, the Biomedical Engineer communicates with clinical service line and department directors, section managers, facility engineers, contracting officers, and a wide range of line clinical staff to accomplish VISN CIS/ARK goals and objectives. The incumbent is expected to function independently with minimal supervision, exercising initiative and considerable judgment in accomplishing his/her responsibilities. The incumbent will be expected to assist the national HTM Program Office as required and serve as a SME in this area.


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

COVERAGE.  This standard applies to all biomedical engineer positions in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).  The work requires the application of engineering concepts and methodology to investigate problems and phenomena of living systems to advance the understanding of these systems and improve medical practices; to develop materials, instruments, diagnostic and therapeutic devices, and other equipment applicable in the study of life systems and the practice of medicine; and to improve health service delivery systems for communities and within individual VA facilities (medical centers, outpatient clinics, domiciliaries).  Biomedical engineering work requires, in addition to knowledge and skill in engineering disciplines, a background in physiology and anatomy, and a practical facility in specialized subject matter areas such as computer applications, electronics, or mathematics.


a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b.  Education and/or Experience

(1)  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.


(2)  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 2.b(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.)

c.  Grandfathering Provision.  The following is the standard grandfathering policy for all Title 38 hybrid qualification standards.  Some of these provisions may not apply to this occupation.  Please carefully review the qualification standard to determine the specific education and/or licensure/certification/ registration requirements that apply to this occupation.

All persons employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation.  For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply:

Such employees in an occupation that does not require a licensure/certification/registration, may be reassigned, promoted, or demoted within the occupation.

Such employees in an occupation that requires a licensure/certification/registration, may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or demoted within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions.

Such employees in an occupation that requires a licensure/certification/registration only at higher grade levels must meet the licensure/certification/registration requirement before they can be promoted to those higher grade levels.

Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard.

Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation.

If an employee who was retained in an occupation listed in 38 U.S.C. § 7401(3) under this provision leaves that occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.

d.  Physical Requirements.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

e.  English Language Proficiency.  Biomedical engineers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.


a.  Definitions


(1)  Professional Engineering Experience

(a)  Professional knowledge of engineering is defined as the comprehensive, in depth, knowledge of mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences applicable to a specialty field of engineering that characterizes a full 4-year professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree, or the equivalent.

(b)  Professional ability to apply engineering knowledge is defined as the ability to:

1.  Apply fundamental and diversified professional engineering concepts, theories, and practices to achieve engineering objectives with versatility, judgment, and perception;

2.  Adapt and apply methods and techniques of related scientific disciplines; and

3.  Organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate scientific data in the solution of engineering problems.

(2)  Part-time Experience.  Part-time experience as a professional biomedical engineer is credited according to its relationship to a full-time workweek.  For example, a biomedical engineer would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.




In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above:


GS-9: At least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level.




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.  (COPY OF TRANSCRIPS REQUIRED)


GS-11:  At least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level. 




Education equivalent  to 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.  (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) 


GS-12: At least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level.


GS-13: At least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level.


References: VA Handbook 5005 PART II Appendix G38,




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: 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.

Physical Requirements:   Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds,  Moderate carrying, 15-44  pounds, Use of finers,  Both hands required, Walking up to 1 hour and standing up to 3 hours.  Near Vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger I to 4.  Far Vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other.  Ability to distinguish basic colors, Hearing (aid permitted)

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


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


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

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


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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 below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, May 23, 2013Thursday, May 23, 2013 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 the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
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,, 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.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

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.

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

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 890612.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, May 23, 2013Thursday, May 23, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Erin Owens
Phone: (317)988-3507
Agency Information:
VHA Indianapolis VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
Richard L Roudebush VAMC HRMS
Indianapolis, IN


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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