BIOMEDICAL ENGINEER
Department of Veterans Affairs - Augusta, GA

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):
887593

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.

Augusta Georgia is the home of the world renowned 'Masters' golf tournament and is Georgia’s second oldest and second largest city. Please visit the official Augusta website to learn more about this ever changing and exciting city:

http://www.augustaga.gov/

The Augusta Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center is a two-division Medical Center that provides tertiary care in medicine, surgery, neurology, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine, and spinal cord injury. The Medical Center is affiliated with the Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, GA and as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center. This facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits

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Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center

Note:
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

are NOT

authorized for this position.

Current permanent employees of the Charlie Norwood VAMC will receive first consideration when filling vacancies.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must pass a pre-employment examination

Must be proficient in written and spoken English

Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:
Work Schedule: Day Shift

Location of position: Uptown and Downtown with the Engineering Service

As a

Biomedical Engineer

, your duties will include, but are not limited to:
·

Serving as the Medical Technology Consultant and facility Medical Equipment Planner.

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Performing as a project leader in defining the requirements and specifications of the Medical Electronic systems.

·

Facilitating the equipment management program that meets

The Joint Commission (TJC) and The National Fire Protection Association

(

NFPA

) requirements.

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Developing the material for a continuing education program and medical equipment project planning for clinical staff that addresses the principles and application of medical instrumentation used in the delivery of health care.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
You must meet all the requirements identified in the

VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 PART II APPENDIX G38

Biomedical Engineer Qualification Standards:
http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf

and

completion of at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS-11) as a Biomedical Engineer w

ith an understanding of complex and specialized medical device systems including service, system administration, training and quality assurance in a health care environment

; or completion of a post-doctoral research fellowship in the field of biomedical engineering.

Citizenship:
U.S Citizenship is required (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens).

Education and/or Experience:
(1)

Bachelor’s d

egree

:

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,

(2)

Combination of education and experience:
C

ollege-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 or university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within, or closely related to, the specialty field of the engineering technology program.

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 (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.

English Language Proficiency:
Biomedical engineers must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Preferred Experience:
Conducting an equipment management program that meets current

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health care Organizations

(JCAHO) and National Fire Protection Association (

NFPA) requirements.

Advising clinical and administrative staff on medical engineering technology including existing and emerging technology addressing viability, long-term suitability, compatibility, and/or safety while keeping abreast of changes in technology and utilizing information gained in the solution of biomedical engineering problems.

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

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants at this grade level must demonstrate the following (KSAs) knowledge, skills, and abilities. If selected for the position KSAs need to be completed on plain paper, with a narrative description of experience, education and training as related to each skill.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.

1.

Ability to conduct an equipment management program that meets current TJC and NFPA requirements.

2. Ability to develop a curriculum for a continuing education program that addresses the safe and effective use of medical equipment and/or technology.

3. Ability to manage a recall and safety alert program for medical devices including medical device hazard investigations to assure compliance with patient safety goals,

Safe Medical Devices Act

(SMDA), and TJC requirements.

4. Skill in advising clinical and administrative staff on medical engineering technology, including existing and emerging technology and which addresses viability, long-term suitability, compatibility, and/or safety.

5. Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and recommend timely and economical solutions involving medical equipment spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment.

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Occasionally involves walking, bending, climbing stairs. The work also involves coping with complex, persistent demands from a variety of sources that can be regarded as a high pressure work situation.

http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5019.pdf

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

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

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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.

BENEFITS:
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

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OTHER INFORMATION:
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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