Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nuclear Medicine Technologist (PET/CT) in Tucson, Arizona

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Tucson, AZ
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1824205

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?


As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 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. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to **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.


The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for two (2) Nuclear Medical Technologist (PET/CT) in support of the Diagnostic Imaging Service at our VA Medical Center located in Tucson, AZ. The technologist under the direction of a Nuclear Medicine Physician or Radiologist. Uses radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals, as well as operates radiation detectors, scanning apparatus and related equipment as part of the diagnostic or therapeutic plan for patients having both General Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology and PET/CT exams to diagnose/treat various functional disorders that require specialized knowledge and skill (e.g., PET, gated blood pool, stress thalliums, gastric emptying time, various SPECT studies, etc.). Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform radiation safety policies and procedures for Radiation Safety Program activities.

  • Actively participates in total quality management/ continuous quality improvement programs.

  • Verify the quality of analog and/ or digital recording device(s).

  • Verify computer parameter settings and data interface.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and technical skills in CT when used to perform PET/CT examinations.

  • Collect proper specimens for procedures using standard precaution techniques.

  • Prepare doses and guidelines.

  • Perform data collection, processing, and analysis.

  • Recognize and respond to medical emergency conditions.

  • Position the patient and obtain images.

  • Administer radiopharmaceuticals and/ or pharmaceuticals using standard precaution techniques.

  • Perform and monitor the full range of specialized tests or studies.

  • Process specimens for specific analysis maintaining physiological integrity of the sample.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm. Rotating shifts, including weekend,holiday, evenings, and on-call. Relocation incentives are not authorized.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • Proficient in spoken and written English. [To be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA, applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.]

  • Certification All applicants must be certified in nuclear medicine technology by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) or American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT(N).


GS-11: Applicant must have at least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level (GS-09) directly related to the position to be filled; i.e. experience that demonstrates methodology of nuclear medicine technology to carry out a variety of diagnostic tests and verify results; preparing doses, collecting proper specimens, performing radiographic techniques, working under radiation safety policies and procedures for Radiation Safety Program activities such as receiving and opening packages of by-product material, storing and disposing of by-product material, possession of the knowledge, skills, and other characteristics needed to provide nuclear medicine technology to perform at this level. [Note: This experience is only creditable if it was earned AFTER completion of the basic requirement. Resume annotation is required].

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.

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: 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.

Physical Requirements:Nuclear Medical Technologist Functional Requirements:Light Lifting (under 15 lbs); Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (1 hours); Standing (6 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Depth Perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted)

Security Clearance


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 an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.

Other Information

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.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $59,329.00 to $77,127.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0601-11/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453296600

Job Announcement Number: PM-17-MAL-182405-BU