Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Biomedical Engineer in Miami, Florida

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The Supervisory Biomedical Engineer, is assigned to the Engineering Service at the Miami VA Healthcare System, Miami, Florida.

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The Supervisory Biomedical Engineer provides is responsible for the scientific, administrative support, budgeting, and coordination of a broad program of biomedical instrumentation to support the health care facility, including the preventative maintenance and repair of over $20,000,000 worth of medical equipment, hospital electrical safety, biomedical engineering education, special medical unit planning and design and and consultation, directs the activities of medical equipment program, electronic mechanics and biomedical engineering technicians. The primary responsibilities of this position include, but is not limited to:

Development of policies and procedures applying to facilities modifications required to support the Biomedical program, equipment, and procedures.

Make decisions on actions for the effective utilization of funds from appropriations for this purpose.

Independently conduct comprehensive surveys in varied areas of biomedical engineering activities.

Assists the Hospital Director in creating and projecting the long-range plan, programming projects and the related equipment needs in future fiscal years, and serves as liaison to the professional staff. Plans and designs proposed conversions of existing space and construction projects.

Ensures that projects meet the requirements of VA circular electrical safety requirements, the National Electrical Code (NEC), the National Fire Code (NFPA), the building code and any other State or local Code requirements.

Reviews equipment problems and seeks solutions to resolve equipment issues.

Provides technical direction for the design and development of clinically needed unique apparatus not commercially available off the shelf.

Provides consultation concerning selection, placing into service, modification, and decisions on obsolescence of systems.

Directs activities of medical equipment repairmen (MERs), electronic mechanics, and biomedical engineering technicians (BMETs).

Work Schedule:Monday through Friday, 8:00 am- 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report:Not required Functional Statement/Job Title:Supervisory Biomedical Engineer/30001F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives:Up to 15% recruitment incentive may be authorized for highly qualified candidates PCS Relocation Expenses:May be authorized for highly qualified candidates

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

13

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0858 Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

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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
Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

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 in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

Education: Bachelor's degree. Professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (a) Be in a school of engineering with at least 1 curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or, (b) Include differential and integral calculus, and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: (1) statics and/or dynamics; (2) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (3) fluid mechanics and/or hydraulics; (4) thermodynamics; (5) electrical fields and circuits; (6) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); or (7) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

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Combination of education and experience - College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering; and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

1. Professional registration- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than a written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would not be rated for biomedical engineering positions.

2. Written test- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college or university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within, or closely related to, the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A. Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least one year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, and in engineering that included the course specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable towards meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A. In addition, must have professional engineering experience when combined with education totals at least four years. (NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts along with your application for verification.)

4. Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology, or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has at least one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily, there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.) NOTE: You must submit a verification of employment from a supervisor stating you have performed professional engineering duties.

Supervisory Biomedical Engineer (Clinical). The supervisory biomedical engineer (clinical) is responsible for the professional and administrative management of a biomedical engineering section in a tertiary care and/or university-affiliated facility. Such individuals typically have responsibility supervising technical staff including lower level engineers, biomedical engineering technicians, and other staff. The range of supervisory responsibility includes development of performance standards and performance evaluations; recommendations for appointments, awards, advancements, and when appropriate, disciplinary actions; and identification of continuing training needs; etc. The supervisory biomedical engineer (clinical) is responsible for financial management of budget resources allocated to support quality assurance, and maintenance activities necessary to assure the facility medical equipment inventory is available for patient care activities.

Experience Required for Supervisory Biomedical Engineer (Clinical), GS-13 Grade Level: Completion of at least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS-12 or equivalent), and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition to the core competencies for GS-13 level positions, the supervisory biomedical engineer (clinical) must demonstrate the following professional KSAs and potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

a. Ability to initiate new ideas and approaches, and demonstrate resourcefulness. *b. Ability to manage resources, i.e., space, equipment, supplies, staff, at the local level. *c. Ability to draft and/or recommend local policies and/or directives. d. Skill in managing a biomedical engineering program at the local level.

Preferred Experience: Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Physics, 10 years experience in field of biophysical instrumentation and biophysics; understands and interprets scientific literature written for the Bioengineering field; One year experience preparing written and graphic presentations for other technical staff including technicians and junior engineers, and translating management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled biomedical work operations utilizing knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts, and practices of the engineering profession.

References:VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G38 "Biomedical Engineer Qualification Standard GS-0858, Veterans Health Administration.

Physical Requirements:See VA Directive and Handbook 5019

Education

IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application.

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: 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.

Additional information

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.

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.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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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.

NOTE: 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 determine 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.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Applicable

Drug test required

No

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.Resume. 2. Copy of unofficial school transcripts that confer receipt of degree 3. Copy of Engineer Registration 4. Proof of completion of Written Engineering Test 5. Occupational Questionnaire 6.* IF* a Veteran, Copy of military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdffill/SF15.pdf). 7.* IF* currently employed in a Federal Agency, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action, which shows qualifications (i.e. Within Grade Increase) 8. IF currently employed in a Federal Agency, include a copy of your latest Performance Appraisal

Veterans' Preference: 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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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 09/27/2018 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Arlene Mcphee
Phone

(305) 575-7000 X3418

Fax

(305) 575-3437

Email

Arlene.Mcphee@va.gov

Address

Bruce W Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center 1201 Northwest 16th Street Miami, FL 33125 US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/510754900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 09/14/2018 to 09/27/2018

Service: Excepted

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Salary: $92,750 to $120,526 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time