The incumbent performs as a staff Biomedical Engineer who serves as the medical technology consultant and facility medical equipment planner for the HTM/Biomedical Engineering program at the VA Puget Sound Medical Center, a large, 1A complexity, medical center providing primary, secondary and tertiary services.
The incumbent supports and advances patient care by applying engineering and managerial skills to healthcare technology as demonstrated by at least 3 of the following major responsibilities:
a. Conducting an equipment management program that meets current TJC and NFPA requirements.
b. Assuring the 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. Managing 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. 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 HTM/Biomedical engineering problems.
e. Assisting with capital asset and infrastructure planning for medical equipment spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment, such as Clinical Information System/Anesthesia Record Keeper (CIS/ARK), RTLS and other related HTM Projects.
f. Functioning as a subject matter expert directly supporting specialized healthcare technology including service, system administration, training, and quality assurance.
- The Staff Biomedical Engineer works closely with the HTM/Biomedical Engineering Section and serves as a professional advisor, manager, and medical technology consultant to the Chief, Biomedical Engineer in the area of HTM/Biomedical engineering, as well as on other engineering principles and practices. He/She exercises authority to oversee the overall planning, direction, and timely execution of the CIS/ARK project and other large healthcare technology projects. He/She has responsibility for planning, designing, and implementing programs, projects, studies, and other work to support CIS/ ARK technology and other medical technologies across the medical center. These areas of expertise relate to the area of specialization and scientific discipline, drawing from professional education background as well as practical experience. In addition, this position requires the management of complex networked medical devices, including network security issues and medical device connectivity & interoperability.
- The Biomedical Engineer will serve as one of the Staff Biomedical (Clinical) Engineers and will be recognized as the technical expert and project lead for various implementations at the VA Puget Sound Medical Center. He/She will collaborate extensively with facility leadership, clinical
- The HTM/Biomedical Engineering Program at the medical center has direct impact on all clinical services provided at the facility. The program must ensure the provision of safe, reliably maintained, and clinically appropriate medical equipment for the delivery of quality healthcare in a cost-effective manner. The Biomedical Engineer facilitates the service suppo1t of medical equipment, while identifying oppo1tunities and recommending actions to improve service delivery and cost containment. He/She supports the Medical Equipment Management component of the Environment of Care for the medical center and prepares and presents reports regarding equipment management. The incumbent assists in the management of the Medical Equipment Program in accordance with patient safety goals, standards, and regulations set forth by TJC, FDA, NFPA, etc.
- The incumbent conducts capital asset and infrastructure planning for medical equipment spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment. He/She consults on construction projects, information technology projects, space functional changes, and associated planning with respect to medical technologies and clinical-related technologies. This includes site preparation for medical equipment for station level projects, non-recurring maintenance projects, clinical specific initiatives, minor construction, and tum-key project designs. Infrastructure planning support ranges from conceptual design to very detailed plans. The Biomedical Engineer collaborates with OI&T, as appropriate, to secure IT resources & engagement with respect to medical technology initiatives and equipment projects.
Monday - Friday, 0800-1630
Financial Disclosure Report:
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
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. OR,
(2) Certification as a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) and a bachelor's degree not listed in item 3.b.(1) above.
Language. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f).
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 and meet the criteria).
Biomedical Engineer, GS-12 (Full Performance Level)
(a) Experience. Completion of at least [one] year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level; or completion of a post-doctoral research fellowship in the field of biomedical engineering, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. [In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
i. Ability to conduct a medical equipment management [or biomedical research program that is compliant with applicable healthcare standards and regulatory agencies.
ii. Ability to develop a curriculum for a continuing education program, that address the safe and effective use of medical technology, and/or research devices.
iii. Ability to manage a recall and safety alert program for medical devices, including medical device hazard investigations, to assure compliance with patient safety goals, SMDA, and [TJC] requirements.
iv. Ability to conduct capital asset and infrastructure planning for medical equipment spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment.
v. Ability to function as the subject matter expert in the field of biomedical engineering, directly supporting specialized clinical technology, including service, system administration, training, quality assurance, and life-cycle management.
vi. Ability to effectively advise clinical and administrative staff on medical technology, including existing and emerging technology, which addresses viability, long-term suitability, compatibility, and/or safety.
vii. Knowledge of concepts related to computer based medical systems, networking protocols, and information security as it applies to medical technology within VHA.
viii. Skill in communicating and working collaboratively with key stakeholders, including technical and professional staff at various levels of the organization.
ix. Ability to apply project management principles to deployment of medical equipment and health information technologies.
VHA 5005, Appendix G38, Biomedical Engineer Qualification Standard.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.
Heavy Lifting (45 pounds and over); Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds); Light lifting (under 15 pounds); Light carrying (under 15 pounds); Pushing (1 hour); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands; Walking (1+ hours); Kneeling (1+ hours); Repeated bending (1+ hours); Both legs required; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Application 10-2850c, Signed and Dated wihin the last 6 months.
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 (Schedule A)
Disability Letter (VA)
VA Application 10-2850c, Signed and Dated wihin the last 6 months.
Separation Notice (RIF)
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Federal employees - Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Federal employees - Excepted service
Current excepted service federal employees.
Internal to an agency
Current federal employees of this agency.
Clarification from the agency
The area of consideration will be referred in the following order 1.) Internal Puget Sound VAHCS current permanent employees 2.) Department of Veterans Affairs current permanent employees 3.) Current permanent employees of other federal agencies in the competitive service or covered under the interchange agreement 4.) Veterans 5.)US Citizens