The Biomedical Engineer serves in the Biomedical Engineering Program at the Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System in Omaha Nebraska. The Biomedical Program includes medical technology assessment, strategic planning, acquisition support, implementation, coordination, equipment management, and ongoing maintenance support.
The selected applicant must be available for immediate start once pre-employment is complete.
Major duties include, but are not limited to:
Serving as NWIHCS Biomedical Engineering Service staff advisor: relying upon engineering principles and practices related to the area of specialization and scientific discipline, drawing from professional educational background, as well as practical experience.
Working closely with Service Chief to maintain and implement a Healthcare Technology Management Program that meets or exceeds compliance requirements of regulatory agencies, such as TJC, NFPA, OIG, FDA, etc., while also maintaining an understanding of, and ensuring compliance with VHA regulatory guidance in support of facility wide lifecycle management of networks, networked medical equipment, and associated systems; such as the Networked Medical Device Database (NMDD), Medical Device Infrastructure Architecture (MDIA),Medical Device Protection Program (MDPP), Continuous Readiness in Information Security Program (CRISP), etc
Performing capital asset and infrastructure planning for medical equipment spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment. This includes lifecycle management of highly networked equipment, including but not limited to, network switches, servers, routers and related infrastructure for any and all networked complex medical devices and systems.
Designing new systems to meet the requirements for medical services using conventional and state of the art equipment and components, or specifies modifications to existing devices and systems for specific requirements of the medical center.
Supporting technology assessments by working collaboratively with medical staff to evaluate market offerings, determine medical center requirements, design system configurations, and develop specifications for medical equipment/systems.
As a Contracting Officer Representative (COR), acquiring and maintaining certification/education, in order to support contracting staff in the development of technical specifications, evaluation of technical proposals, creation of equipment packages, and during price negotiations, to procure medical equipment that best meets clinical needs while simultaneously containing cost.
Coordinating medical technology implementations; including assessing installation and site preparation requirements, managing project timelines, monitoring installation, and facilitating training of equipment operators and maintainers.
Managing acquisition, implementation planning, implementation, and ongoing technical support of assigned medical equipment related projects.
Assisting in the financial management of the department, including budget forecasting, execution of operations within budget, and maintenance cost analysis.
Assisting in implementing, monitoring, and reporting on the NWIHCS medical equipment management program, in order to meet the requirements set by accrediting organizations such asTJC and the College of American Pathologists (CAP) by preparing and presenting reports to various NWIHCS committees and leaders regarding medical equipment management.
Participating in NWIHCS construction projects and associated planning with respect to medical technologies and medical-related technologies.
Reviewing existing medical equipment inventory, and assigned replacement equipment requests at NWIHCS and periodically performs medical equipment replacement planning.
Implementing efforts aimed at improving service performance metrics (i.e. Key Performance Indicators); completing projects, reports, and other assignments in a timely manner.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Telework if approved, would be on an ADHOC basis.
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
Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.
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:
(A)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.
(B)Certification as a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) and a bachelor's degree not listed above.
English Language Proficiency. Biomedical Engineers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, VA handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G38.
Preferred Experience: Network Certifications, such as CompTIA A+, Network +, Security +, CCNA, etc. Network/Project Management/Contract Management certifications.
Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.
GS-7 (Entry Level)
(a) Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.
GS-9 (Developmental Level 1)
(a) Experience. At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level.
i. Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering, or a related field of study, as outlined in paragraph 3.b.(1).
ii. Bachelor's degree, as outlined in paragraph 3.b.(1), plus two full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a related field of study, provided the applicant's total background demonstrates the KSAs for the GS-9 level assignment.
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.
In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
i. Knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts, and practices of the Biomedical Engineering profession.
ii. Ability to interpret relevant codes, regulations, guidelines, and standards, and make recommendations to ensure compliance with medical center programs.
iii. Ability to understand the operational needs of clinical services in the health care system.
iv. Ability to prepare material on current technical topics and trends, for presentation to other technical staff and mid-level hospital management, and the ability to keep abreast of changes in technology.
GS-11 [Developmental Level 2)
(a) Experience. At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.
i. Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering, or a related field of engineering, as outlined in paragraph 3.b.(1).
ii. Bachelor's degree, plus three full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a related field of study, as outlined in paragraph 3.b.(1).
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
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.
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.
References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G38
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-07 to GS-12.
Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), Moderate Carrying (15-44 pounds), Reaching above shoulder, both hands required, walking, standing, kneeling, bending, and hearing (aid permitted).
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Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)
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