HEALTH PHYSICIST
Department of Veterans Affairs - Bay Pines, FL

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VacancyID:
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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?

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

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

DUTIES:
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Location: VA Medical Center, Bay Pines, FL

You shall be accountable directly to the Service Chief of the Radiation Oncology Department, and shall direct the radiation oncology physics program which includes the technical direction of medical dosimetrists and the radiation therapists. You must be thoroughly familiar with the physical and geometric characteristics of all radiation equipment and radioactive sources commonly employed and have the training and expertise necessary to measure and generate radiation dose distributions. You will perform under general administrative direction, with wide latitude the exercise of independent judgment, work of outstanding difficulty and intricacy and responsibility along special technical and supervisory lines. You will oversee and participate in the design optimization, technical evaluation and precise and accurate delivery of treatment plans. You will serve as a project chief for monitoring projects that are typically nationwide in scope or have a transfer value in defining basic processes that will impact the service nationally.You will perform other related duties as assigned.

DESIGNATED DRUG TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

***RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVE OF UP TO $25,000 MAYBE AUTHORIZED TO A HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATE ***

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Basic Qualifications

Possess a bachelor's degree in one or more of the following fields: natural science or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in health physics, engineering, radiological science, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and/or calculus, or a combination of education and experience- courses as shown in 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 above. Please provide a copy of your unofficial transcripts.

OR

Possess a combination of education- course as shown above, plus appropriate experience or other education; or certification as 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 above. Please provide a copy of your unofficial transcripts.

AND

GS-13 Qualifications

Possess one-year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in Federal Service. Specialized experience includes : experience in radiation physics, nuclear physics, and radiation therapy techniques; responsibility to provide complete coverage for treatment planning of patients, in areas of calibration of therapeutic equipment, dosimetry of x-ray machines, dosimetry of brachytherapy, and radiation protection aspects and knowledge of diagnostic, therapeutic and research using radioactive materials and laser devices in a major medical center with clinical, teaching and research missions. 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.

Board certification is preferred

This position includes a Selective Placement Factors (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The Selective Placement Factors for this position is: Do you possess board certified or board eligibility by American Board of Radiology or American Board of Medical Physics? NOTE: Must be board eligible in Radiation Therapy Physics (which requires experience and expertise in Radiation Therapy). Documentation must be submitted with application materials.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

Skill and experience establishing a radiation safety program (including all documentation to meet regulatory requirements) in a hospital facility.

Knowledge of multiple clinical patient care applications associated with the regulated use of therapeutic, diagnostic, and radio pharmaceuticals, diagnostic radiologic equipment and medical laser devices.

Knowledge of clinical uses and radiation safety aspects of Linear Accelerators in the treatment of Radiation Oncology patients and knowledge of clinical uses and radiation safety aspects of brachytherapy source materials associated with treatment of radiation oncology patients.

Knowledge of internal and external radiation dosimetry determinations for patients, employees, and members of the general public as associated with the application and use of radio chemicals, radio pharmaceuticals, implants, exposure from diagnostic and therapeutic equipment generated radiation.

Knowledge and skills needed to implement and enforce rules, make recommendations and best practice models required or promoted by the various regulatory agencies associated with the licensed use of radioactive materials, equipment generated radiation, sealed sources, and laser device use.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work includes periods of standing, walking, or sitting at a computer. Carrying of moderately heavy articles, such as 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 ENVIRONMENT: Work space is located in the Radiation Oncology Center. 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

.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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.

Veteran's 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 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.

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.

BENEFITS:
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

http://www4.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to

http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp

). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this

checklist

or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at

10000 BAY PINES BLVD

BAY PINES, FL 33744

.

OTHER INFORMATION:
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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

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