VA Midwest Health Care Network Office (VISN 23) is recruiting for a GS-13 Biomedical Engineer. The position will be located at the VISN 23 Network Office in Eagan, MN.
VISN 23 has a demonstrated history of deploying advanced health care technology for betterment of patient care; its executive leadership has established a culture that embraces innovative medical care and technology, and has mature processes in place that support deployment of progressive health care across all facilities within the VISN. As such, the Biomedical Engineer functions as a valued contributor to the clinical teams with impact across the network. As part of the VISN-based Healthcare Technology Management team, there is sharing of experiences to promote learning and continual optimization of interdisciplinary processes thus maximizing efficiency and effectiveness.The Biomedical Engineer is recognized as the senior technology expert and business partner in one or more clinical technologies, biomedical program aspect, and/or VISN process areas. The incumbent will work with assigned clinical service lines to develop and manage strategic equipment plans in accordance with the VISN technology initiatives as well as to identify technological opportunities for process improvements and meeting health informatics needs. Service line assignments are selected from Imaging, Surgical Specialty Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Primary Specialty Medicine. The Biomedical Engineer leads multi-disciplinary teams to define technology requirements and uses risk management strategies to proactively assure and enhance patient safety as technologies are introduced. Sustainment needs such as training and contractor onboarding are proactively addressed in procurement packages. The Biomedical Engineer leads multi-disciplinary teams to evaluate technology and collaborates with the Contracting Officer to procure technology in accordance with the FAAR and networking/security requirements across all VISN 23 medical facilities. As a member of the VISN Healthcare Technology Management team, the Biomedical Engineer participates in initiatives to support and enhance the facility Healthcare Technology Management teams. This can take many forms including assistance with navigating dynamic procurement, supply chain, and OIT processes, identifying emerging needs, and participating in/leading workgroups that develop strategies to address specific needs.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: May be authorized for highly qualified candidates
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
0858 Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/09/2019.
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education and/or Experience. The individual must meet either item (1) or (2) below to meet this requirement:
(1)Bachelor's Degree or Higher in Engineering. To be creditable, the curriculum must be from a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), as a professional engineering curriculum. Examples of acceptable engineering degrees include: Biomedical Engineering, Clinical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Biochemical Engineering. Titles may vary from educational institutions and change over time.
(2) Certification as a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) and a bachelor's degree not listed in item 3.b.(1) above.
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation).
Grade Determinations: [Biomedical Engineer, (Clinical), GS-13]
a) Experience. Completion of at least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower level, and must be fully meet the KSAs at that level. Including:
i. Ability to implement and/or sustain an equipment management or biomedical research program that meets The Joint Commission (TJC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), or other applicable regulatory requirements.
ii. Ability to develop material for a continuing education program for clinical or research staff, that address the principles and application of medical technology, and/or biomedical theory used in healthcare.
iii. Ability to advise staff on emerging medical technology, or research procedures, while keeping abreast of changes in such technology, and utilizing the information to solve biomedical engineering problems.
iv. Knowledge of basic project management principles, as applied to the healthcare setting and medical equipment, and information system implementation.
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. [In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs found at subparagraph (b) of this subsection (5) and potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*).
i. Ability to conduct capital asset and infrastructure planning for medical equipment spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment.
ii. *Knowledge and capacity to support the most complex and specialized clinical technology including service, system administration, training, and quality assurance.
iii. Knowledge of, and the ability to interpret and apply complex codes, regulations, guidelines, and standards associated with the biomedical engineering field.
iv. Ability to develop and implement policies that are consistent with organizational objectives.
v. Ability to communicate and work collaboratively with key stakeholders, including technical and professional staff at various levels of the organization.
References: VA Handbook 5005/104 Part II Appendix G38
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13
Physical Requirements: Incumbent often will be required to walk and/or stand for extended periods of time. Work is often tedious and precise, requiring good concentration with proper hand-eye coordination. Some climbing and working from ladders may be required. The ability to lift objects up to 40 pounds is required.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will recommend grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk
Trust determination process
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
DD-214/ Statement of Service
Disability Letter (VA)
VA Form 10-2850c
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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