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Job Title:Nuclear Medicine Technician/Technologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:STL-T38H-2013-959846

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

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$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year


Monday, September 30, 2013 to Friday, October 11, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Saint Louis, MO United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 959846 

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 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-9.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-5 to GS-9.  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.




  • 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


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The primary area of responsibility of the Nuclear Medicine Technologist (NMT) is radionuclide imaging

and also includes some in vitro procedures such as Schillings Tests, blood and plasma volumes, and In-

111WBC labeling.

 2.  Functions:

    a.     The NMT is responsible for all analysis and storage of patient study data related to their assigned rotation.

b.     The NMT is responsible for assisting in the cross training of new technologists and technologist interns in the operation of the gamma camera systems, computer systems, and radionuclide procedures.

c.     The NMT will assure that appropriate quality control is performed during all phases of radionuclide imaging.

d.     The NMT will be able to troubleshoot clinical and/or instrumentation problems.

e.     The NMT is responsible for periodically assisting in updating portions of the Nuclear Medicine technical procedures manual.

f.      The NMT assures that all radiation safety procedures are complied with in the Nuclear Medicine Service.

g.     The NMT will be proficient in all studies performed by the Nuclear Medicine Service including:

1)       Preparation of radiopharmaceuticals

2)       Administration of radiopharmaceuticals

3)       Performance of routine imaging procedures

4)       Performance of specialty imaging procedures


                      5)       Performance of quality control procedures


6)       Performance of in-vitro laboratory procedures

                      7)    Abstraction of pertinent data from patient's medical records

h.     The NMT will assist the Radiation Safety Officer to:

                      1)       Perform daily and weekly lab survey/swipes

2)       Maintain necessary radiation safety instrumentation

3)       Monitoring of patients receiving therapeutic doses of radioisotopes

4)       Maintaining the appropriate records according to NRC regulations

5)       Appropriate receipt and disposal of radioisotopes

                      6)    Perform appropriate quality control on instrumentation

 This position may be required to work on-call.


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


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  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • A 2 or 4 year degee program in one of the physical or biological sciences, or
  • Certification in nuclear medicine technology by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) or American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT.



Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

Assignments:  For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time:


Assignments. Candidates at this grade level serve as staff NMTs. It is expected that they receive guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex patients and require daily direct supervision.


 GS-5 is the entry level for the GS-601 Nuclear Medicine Technologist series.   

In addition to the basic requirements for employment, candidates must demonstrate they meet the following KSA's:

     a.  Knowledge of common nuclear medicine procedures and techniques.

     b.  Knowledge of the various diseases such as coronary artery disease, cancer, and thyroid disease.

     c.  Knowledge of routinely used radiopharmaceuticals for imaging.

     d.  Knowledge of radiation safety related to the general public, patient, and radiation worker.

GS-7 is an Advanced Entry Level for the GS-601 Nuclear Medicine Technologist series.  Certification as described in the basic requirements above, or completion of 1 year experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position to be filled, i.e., experience that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics needed to provide nuclear medicine technology services at that level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

     a.  Knowledge of Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulations.

     b.  Knowledge of the medical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and physics and how they relate to the cardiovascular, skeletal, endocrine, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary systems of the human body;

     c.  Knowledge of radioactive package types, package surveys, and radioactive materials record management.

     d.  Knowledge of exposure rate calculations.

 Assignment:  Candidates at this grade level serve as a staff NMTs requiring minimal oversight.  At this grade, NMTs utilize the proper methods of receipt, use, storage and disposal of radioactive material; perform and evaluate basic quality control on all imaging and non-imaging instrumentation and auxiliary equipment, and provide basic nursing care, recognizing and responding to emergency conditions.

(3)  GS-9 is the full performance level for the GS-601 Nuclear Medicine Technologist series.  Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position to be filled, i.e., experience that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics needed to provide nuclear medicine technology services at that level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

     a.  Ability to document excessive radiation exposure in the working environment.

     b.  Knowledge of medical events requiring documentation and the ability to properly document them and make recommendations to the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO).

     c.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing post-therapy radiation safety precautions.

     d.  Ability to troubleshoot gamma camera and auxiliary equipment problems.

     e.  Ability to analyze computer generated data for technical quality and artifacts and initiate corrective measures.



References:  VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G19, NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGIST. 

This standard is available in the Human Resources Office for review.  Candidates who meet the appropriate requirements contained in the standard will be considered.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Performs a wide variety of examinations, utilizing radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals.  Uses radiation detection and imaging equipment.  Requires two to four hours of standing and walking and some bending.  Moderate lifting and carrying of heavy items.   Calibrates, calculates and dilutes radiopharmaceuticals to the proper ordered dose. 




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: 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


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.


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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


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


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.


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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 ( 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 ( 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:
  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 using the following Vacancy ID: 959846.  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, October 11, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. 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  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Shirl L. Smith
Phone: (314)652-4100x63950
Agency Information:
Human Resources
#1 Jefferson Barracks Drive
St Louis, MO


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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