Biomedical Engineer (Real Time Location System)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Selection, IA

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 990315
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The VA Heartland Network 15 (VISN 15) is seeking a Biomedical Engineer with Real Time Location System experience.

This can be a virtual position that must be located within the VISN 15 region. This includes the VA Facilities located in Columbia MO, Eastern Kansas Health Care Systems (Leavenworth or Topeka KS), Kansas City MO, Marion IL, Poplar Bluff MO, St. Louis MO or Wichita KS.

The VA Heartland Network is one of twenty-one Veterans Integrated Service Networks

(VISN) located throughout the United States. The VA Heartland Network also known as

VISN 15 provides healthcare services to veterans in Kansas and Missouri, as well as parts of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Arkansas. The VA Heartland Network includes seven VA medical centers on nine campuses and 43 community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) in six states (Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky and Indiana).
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. 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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

Must be a US Citizen DUTIES:
Introduction: The Biomedical Engineer (RTLS) is the program manager and senior technical advisor on Real Time Location System (RTLS) matters to Network executive management, Network Program Officers, executive management at all medical centers, clinical service lines, and facility department directors. The incumbent will have full management oversight to include budget oversight, COTR duties for the RTLS project. Additionally 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 RTLS.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following: Proven project management skills are extremely vital and are required for this position. 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 RTLS. As the senior technology expert, the incumbent will collaborate extensively with clinical program managers and Network Officers. The Biomedical Engineer leads technology assessment of RTLS 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 RTLS technology including assessing site preparation requirements, managing project activities and timelines, monitoring installations, and facilitating training of equipment operators and maintainers. The Biomedical Engineer is responsible for the overall coordination of RTLS technical support within VISN 15, including corrective and preventive maintenance. He/She: Coordinates vendor support agreements as appropriate; Applies expert knowledge rapidly to restore systems to full operation; Performs hands-on system level technical support and is the recognized expert in RTLS; Trains technical support staff at each facility within VISN 15;

Coordinates support resources across the Network to leverage respective expertise located at each facility; Develops periodic maintenance procedures. The Biomedical Engineer oversees financial management of the RTLS project, including budget forecasting, expenditure monitoring, and maintenance cost analysis. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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

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 theAccreditation 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: 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, anapplicant who attains registration through a State board's eminence provisionas 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 theAccreditation 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 inengineering, 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.)

Please see below for additional qualification requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: Education mustbe accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Departmentof 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 accreditedby 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 agencyaccordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualificationrequirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with yourtranscript in order to receive credit for that education.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Touring occasionally up to 6 hours per day, vision is necessary, ability to operate cell phone, computers and soft ware applications; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted). Occasional overnight travel is required. Regular use of automobile and public conveyance will be required.
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 .

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.
Additional Qualification Requirements
English Language Proficiency Biomedical engineers must be proficient in spoken and written English
Preferred Experience: Preferred experience includes extensive project management skills in the Health Care Technology field. This experience can be in medical technology or information technology. It is also preferred that applicants have experience working with Real Time LocationSystems (RTLS) and experience on multidisciplinary project team and managing a project from inception to completion.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE
Grade Determination: GS-13/14
Experience. Completion of at least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs and potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk(*):
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Ability to conduct capital asset and infrastructure planning for medical equipment spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment.
2. Knowledge of the most complex and specialized clinical technology including service, system administration, training, and quality assurance.
3. Expert knowledge of, and the ability to interpret and apply, complex codes, regulations, guidelines, and standards associated with the biomedical engineering field.
Assignment At this level, employees may be in non-supervisory, supervisory, or research positions. 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.
Biomedical Engineer (Clinical): Supports and advances patient care by applying engineering and managerial skills to healthcare technology as demonstrated by at least 4 of the following major responsibilities:
a. Responsibility for an equipment management program that meets current TJC and NFPA requirements. The breadth of technology is typical of a tertiary care and/or university-affiliated institution. Assures provision of a continuing education program for clinical staff addressing the principles and application of medical instrumentation used in the delivery of healthcare. This includes a curriculum that addresses the safe and effective use of medical equipment and/or technology.
c. Manages a recall and safety alert program for medical devices, including medical device incident investigations to assure compliance with patient safety goals, SMDA, and TJC requirements.
d. Serves as advisor to senior clinical and leadership staff on medical engineering technology (including existing and emerging technology) addressing viability, long-term suitability,compatibility, and/or safety.
e. Conducts capital asset and infrastructure planning for medical equipment spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment.
f. Serves as institutional expert who directly supports the most complex and specialized clinical technology including service, system administration, training and quality assurance. 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 .

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. 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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