This Health Physicist (Radiation Safety) position will be located in the Office of the Director at the Department of Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor, Health Care System, Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Health Physicist functions as the operational component of the radiation safety program and assures that guidelines are followed and policy is executed.
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Duties/Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Provides radiological physics support for Imaging Service activities involving the use of medical radiation in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, which encompasses establishing and managing a radiation protection program and quality assurance program for diagnostic imaging equipment (ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and angiography, general radiography including fluoroscopy.
Establishes and implements written policy and procedures for authorizing purchases of machine sources of radiation, inspection of machine sources of radiation, shielding reviews for rooms containing machine sources of radiation, notification of patient overexposures and sentinel events, using machine based sources of radiation safety, emergency actions in the event of machine based overexposure, performing periodic radiation survey for shielding integrity, training of personnel who work in or frequent areas where machine sources of ionizing radiation, and magnetic resonance imaging are used, training personnel who use ultrasound for diagnostic purposes, and credentialing users who use fluoroscopy.
Maintain all records and reports required, licensing requests, license amendments and written polices and procedures for machine sources of ionizing radiation, magnetic resonance and ultrasound, required by regulations.
Evaluates and implements a quality assurance program.
Serves as the MRI Safety Officer for the facility.
Ensures that all equipment that produces ionizing radiation is installed and assessed in accordance with current regulatory guidelines and regulations prior to first use.
Work Schedule: Monday
Friday, 7:00 am
DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: May be authorized for this position.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Job family (Series)
1306 Health Physics
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. citizen
Subject to a background/security investigation
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
May be required to serve a probationary period
Selected applicants may be required to complete an online onboarding process
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: To qualify for this position, you must meet the Basic Requirements as well as the additional qualification requirements
Basic Requirement Education: Applicants must possess a bachelor's or higher degree in natural science or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in health physics, engineering, radiological science, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and/or calculus. (Transcripts Required)
Basic Requirement Combination of Education and Experience: Applicants must possess a combination of education as described above and appropriate experience or other education, in the field of health physics; or certification as a health physicist by the American Board of Health Physics, plus appropriate experience in the field of health physics and other related education that provided an understanding of sciences applicable to health physics comparable to that described above. (Transcripts and copy of certification required). Experience must be detailed in your resume.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS - In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must also possess specialized experience as described below to qualify for this position.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service. Qualifying specialized experience includes: Possessing detailed and specific knowledge of the principles of machine sources of radiation, ultrasound and magnetic resonance; possessing knowledge of the underlying principles of x-ray producing devices and methods of assessing satisfactory performance of these systems which includes various types of radiographic, fluoroscopic and magnetic resonance instrumentation; providing authoritative advice and recommendations to physicians regarding radiation safety; developing diagnostic medical physics teaching curriculum; developing and conducting extensive Quality Control and Quality Assurance Radiation Safety programs; and possessing knowledge of computers, programming, hardware, software, microprocessors and their applications in Diagnostic Radiology/Imaging and participating in developing computer based digital imaging networks. (Experience must be detailed in your resume to receive credit).
You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.
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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