Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration PHYSICIST in Richmond, Virginia

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Richmond, VA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy ID: 1819969

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

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This position, located at the Richmond VA Medical Center, in Richmond, Virginia, serves as a Diagnostic Radiologic Medical Physicist providing technical advice and guidance regarding the physical, mechanical, electrical, computer, automation, and radiation aspects of using ionizing and non-ionizing radiation within the services of: Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Surgical specialties (e.g. Orthopedics, Vascular, Neurosurgery, and Urology), Pain Management, Dental, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Oncology.

Other duties include but not limited to: Provides diagnostic radiological medical physics support to the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) and the various Services/Sections using radiation in the diagnosis and treatment of disease; Establishes and maintains a radiation protection program and comprehensive quality assurance program for diagnostic imaging equipment, magnetic resonance imaging and angiography, general radiography (which includes mammography and fluoroscopy), and Cardiac Catheters; Develops, oversees, and analyzes technologist's quality control testing of radiation producing, detecting, and measuring equipment (which includes analog and digital radiographic/fluoroscopic equipment, computed radiography, Mammo film digitizer equipment, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imagers, ultrasound equipment, nuclear medicine cameras, and diagnostic and clinical viewing monitors); Serves as the administrative coordinator for various surveys and inspections of the Medical Center's radiation producing equipment, such as Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the American College of Radiology (ACR), the Inspector General (IG), etc.; Performs comprehensive quarterly, semi-annual, and annual equipment quality control checks of diagnostic machines using professional guidelines, clinical experience, and manufacturer specifications; Ensures that corrective actions are taken to correct or repair equipment deficiencies; Develops procurement specifications and site plans for related high cost medical equipment purchases; Monitors patient doses from diagnostic radiological procedures; Estimates the absorbed radiation doses to various tissues for a specified X-ray projection; Designs, specifies, and oversees the installation of ionizing radiation shielding, radio frequency shielding, and magnetic field shielding; Provides radiation safety training and in-service demonstrations of proper radiation safety techniques; Evaluates special dosimetry and reviews radiation shielding plans; Calculates the radiation dose to critical organs and provides risk factors for research protocols; Provides senior expert level consultative services/support regarding radiation and medical physics to all Services/Medical Center within VISN 6 and to Veterans Health Administration as a whole; and Performs all other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Full-Time, Various tours of duty to include days, evenings, or nights and includes weekends or holidays. Management reserves the right to determine and/or change the tour of duty.

Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • Will travel throughout USA
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Recruitment Incentive and PCS Expenses are authorized.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Background investigation may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position. -AND-

To meet the Basic Qualification Requirements established for the Physics Series (1310), you must meet one the following requirements:

A) You must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher in physics or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics. The courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. -OR-

B) You must have a combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. -AND-

In addition to the Basic Requirements above, to qualify for this position at the GS-14 level, you must meet the following:

You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-13) in the Federal Service that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Physicist – Diagnostic Radiologic Medical Physicist. Examples of specialized experience include utilizing a mastery of diagnostic medical physics; utilizing knowledge of Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements and other regulatory organizations sufficient to serve as a senior technical expert/consultant; using computerized dosimetry systems; utilizing knowledge of and skill in applying algebra and calculus principles/practices sufficient to compute effective dose equivalents; testing diagnostic imaging equipment and their components to establish a quality assurance program; developing computer based digital imaging networks; and, utilizing knowledge of Institutional Review Board (IRB) duties and skill in reviewing standards of care and clinical dosimetry accuracy. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. -AND-

This position includes two Selective Placement Factors (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The Selective Placement Factors for this position are: 1.Are you certified by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) in Diagnostic Radiological Physics OR in Radiological Physics? 2.Are you certified by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP) in Comprehensive Health Physics?

Note: A copy of your certification(s) may be submitted with your application or you may be required to provide a copy of your certification(s) if referred for an interview.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Diagnostic Medical Physics Regulations & Compliance Medical Physics Technical Expert/Consultant Experimental Theories Within Field of Diagnostic Medical Physics Theoretical Functioning and Practical Operating of Diagnostic Radiology Equipment Computerized Dosimetry Systems Administer Diagnostic Physics Training/Residency Education Program

Physical Demands: The work performed by this position is both sedentary and non-sedentary in nature and requires some physical exertion/effort, such as when moving (i.e. lifting and carrying) objects weighing over 45 pounds (e.g. shielding material, camera collimators, and water phantom systems) and when occasionally lifting imaging phantoms on and off of imaging tables. Regular and recurring periods of standing, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, and reaching are required when testing or adjusting diagnostic imaging machine components.

Work Environment: The work performed regularly occurs in areas/environments that involve moderate risks and hazards, such as exposure to ionizing radiation. Equipment testing and verification duties require the use of tools around unshielded high voltages and present a risk of electrical shock. Such hazards/environmental conditions require the Physicist to remain alert, to observe special safety precautions, and to wear protective items of clothing and gear (e.g. full face mask, overalls, dosimeters, and ionizing radiation detectors).

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

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; religious; 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.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (804)675-5000x2883.

Other Information

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Salary Range: $101,888.00 to $132,457.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1310-14/14

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453254400

Job Announcement Number: ANS-17-1819969-BU