The incumbent performs as a staff Biomedical Engineer who serves as the medical technology consultant and facility medical equipment planner for the Biomedical Engineering program at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System a large, 1A complexity, medical center providing primary, secondary and tertiary services. The incumbent supports and advances patient care by applying engineering and managerial skills to healthcare technology.
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Biomedical Engineering Program Involvement the Biomedical Engineer works closely with the Biomedical Engineering Section and serves as a professional advisor, technical matter expert, manager, and medical technology consultant to the Chief, Biomedical Engineer in the area of biomedical engineering, as well as on other engineering principles and practices. He/she exercises authority to oversee the overall planning, direction, and timely execution of all projects including large healthcare technology projects. He/she has responsibility for planning, designing, and implementing programs, projects, studies, and other work to support all medical technologies across the medical center. These areas of expertise relate to the area of specialization and scientific discipline, drawing from professional education background as well as practical experience. In addition, this position requires the management of complex networked medical devices, including network security issues and medical device connectivity & interoperability.
The incumbent is recognized as a technical expert and advisor on biomedical engineering technology. He/she is responsible for providing assistance to the clinical staff in selection, deployment, and utilization of medical equipment. The employee will keep abreast on changes in medical equipment in order to advise the clinical staff on current and emerging technologies, and prepare material on current technical topics and trends for presentation to other technical staff and mid-level hospital management.
Facilitates the service support of medical equipment, while identifying opportunities and recommending actions to improve service delivery and cost containment. He/she supports the Medical Equipment Management component of the Environment of Care for the medical center, and prepares and presents reports regarding equipment management. The incumbent assists in the management of the Medical Equipment Program in accordance with patient safety goals, standards, and regulations set forth by TJC, FDA, NFPA, etc.
The incumbent conducts capital asset and infrastructure planning for medical equipment spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment. He/she consults on construction projects, information technology projects, space functional changes, and associated planning with respect to medical technologies and clinical-related technologies.
Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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. 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. OR,
(2) Certification as a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) and a bachelor's degree not listed above.
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 and meet the criteria).
Grandfathering Provision. All persons employed in VHA in this occupation, on the effective date of this qualification standard, are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education, and/or certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply:
Grade Determination: 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. [In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
(c) Assignment. At the full performance level, employees work under general supervision, with wide latitude to exercise independent judgment. Drawing upon extended professional and technical experience, employees demonstrate an intimate understanding of complex clinical and biomedical subject matter. They serve as institutional resources, working extensively with clinical stakeholders, supporting clinical services by leading market research, technology assessments, integration planning, and implementation of both current and emerging medical technologies. The employee shares responsibility for managing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), network security issues for medical systems, and the information communicated across these systems. Biomedical Engineers at the GS-12 grade level further support the clinical mission by contributing to the continuing education program for clinical staff, helping ensure safe and efficient healthcare delivery. Biomedical Engineers at the GS-12 grade level support the institution by assisting with capital asset and infrastructure planning, to help ensure successful strategic planning. They may collaborate frequently with contracting to execute judicious healthcare technology procurements. Within the Biomedical Engineering Department, the employee provides leadership that ensures high quality and responsive customer service is an integral component of biomedical engineering service delivery. They are highly effective communicators, capable of serving as subject matter experts directly supporting the life cycle management of clinical technology, to include ongoing service, system administration, training, and quality assurance. At this level, employees may assist in clinical research projects in the biomedical engineering field.]
All qualifying experience and KSAs you possess must be clearly described in your application package. We will not make assumptions when reviewing applications. Failure to demonstrate your experience/how you gained each KSA in your resume may result in disqualification. It is strongly recommended that you write to each KSA in your application package. Please see the Required Documents section below for resume requirements.
References: VA Handbook 5005/104 Part II Appendix G38 Biomedical Engineer
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.
Physical Requirements:Moderate lifting, 15-44lbs; moderate carrying 14-55lbs; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking, 15 minutes; standing, 2 hours; repeated bending, 2 hours, climbing; both legs required; near vision; both eyes required; depth perception.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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.
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