The Biomedical Engineer will report directly to the VA Northwest Health Network (VISN 20) Chief Biomedical Engineer. The position location will be at a facility within VISN20 or virtually if the selectee is highly qualified. The Biomedical Engineer works collaboratively with the VISN, facility Biomedical Engineers, and biomedical equipment support specialists to efficiently and effectively accomplish work.
The Biomedical Engineer provides professional engineering and relevant information technology support to the Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) VISN Integrated Program (VIP) and appropriate national workgroups commissioned by the Office of Healthcare Technology Management (10NA9). The VIP includes healthcare technology strategic planning, pre-purchase assessment, acquisition support, implementation coordination, equipment management, training, and ongoing technical support.
The incumbent supports the VA's mission and VIP goals while operating in accordance with VISN policies, national biomedical policies, and standards of professional service. He/She is a professional consultant and advisor on healthcare technology matters to VISN executive management, VISN Program Officers, executive management at all medical centers and clinical service lines, facility department directors, and relevant national Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) workgroups. He/she consults with and provides guidance to technical staff in all Biomedical Engineering Programs throughout the VISN. The Biomedical Engineer works in conjunction with the VISN Chief Biomedical Engineer on matters pertaining to Biomedical Engineering technology management, program operations, implementation/integration of clinical systems, and effective delivery of services. He/she develops national policy and serves as a senior technology advisor on technology and program management for the HTM Program Office.
The Biomedical Engineer supports healthcare technologies that extend across the VISN and the enterprise. As such, he/she will spend time physically at each location, as well as provide technical support virtually from his/her location. As needed, the Biomedical Engineer will provide onsite and/or virtual technical and consultative support as part of participation on relevant national HTM workgroups and/or national committees.
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
May be offered to a highly qualified candidate
May be offered to a highly qualified candidate
Financial Disclosure Report:
50% or less - 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, 01/30/2020.
United States Citizenship:
Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
English Language Proficiency. Biomedical Engineers must be proficient in spoken and written English.
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. Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) certification and a bachelor's degree not listed above.
Applicants 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 Determination GS-14:
Experience. Completion of at least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS-13). Examples of experience include but are not limited to: The ability to conduct capital asset and infrastructure planning for medical equipment spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment, knowledge of the most complex and specialized clinical technology including service, system administration, training, and quality assurance; Managing recall and safety alert programs for medical devices, including medical device incident investigations, to assure compliance with patient safety goals, SMDA, and TJC requirements; Developing and implementing Organizational wide and/or national-level policies that are consistent with Healthcare Technology Management Program Office organizational objectives
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.In addition to the experience above, the biomedical engineer (clinical) must demonstrate all of the following KSAs.
In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
- Ability to apply advanced knowledge of relevant codes, regulations, guidelines, and standards associated with biomedical engineering to support the needs of multiple facilities.
Ability to effectively convey highly technical information to] a wide variety of individuals, including technical and professional clinical staff, and senior level managers at the facility, VISN and/or national level.
- Ability to manage 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 for multiple facilities.]
Ability to apply advanced knowledge of principles, theories, concepts, and practices of biomedical engineering. This would include the ability to keep abreast of changes in technology and utilize the information gained in the solution of biomedical engineering problems to meet operational needs of multiple facilities.
- Ability to directly support the most complex and specialized clinical technology including service, system administration, training, and quality assurance for multiple facilities.
- Ability to work collaboratively with other disciplines, senior management, VHA Central Office, and VISN staff.
Ability to develop and implement healthcare technology management policies that are consistent with organizational objectives. Scope of organization spans from multiple facilities to national.
(Skill in using Microsoft Office, certifications, etc.): HL7, DICOM, Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), Clinical Information System (CIS), Anesthesia Record Keeping System (ARK), Data Analytics Systems, speech recognition technology, VistA (Electronic Medical Record) integration, Server management, Access Control List (ACL) management, CompTIA Network + certification, CompTIA Security + certification, Contract management, Health Information Technology policy and procedures, Medical Equipment Management policies and procedures and safety standards (JCAHO, SMDA, FDA), Project Management, Contract management, National Acquisition Center (NAC), VA Procurement processes
VA Handbook 5005/104, Part II, Appendix 38; Dated March 25, 2019
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14.
Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds, moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (1) hours, standing (1-2) hours, kneeling (1) hours, repeated bending, climbing, use of legs and arms, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing.
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.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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.
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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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
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
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850
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. REQUIRED
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 Form 10-2850
Separation Notice (RIF)
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
Current Federal Employee:
If you are a current federal employee you must submit a recent copy of a SF-50 showing your tenure and current grade and step.
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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