G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VAMC seeking Therapeutic Medical Physicist (Advanced Level) (GS-14) to design and approve treatment plans; monitors treatment; performs patient specific treatment validation measurements; develops medical physics policies and procedures.
Design and approve treatment plans; monitors treatment; performs patient specific treatment validation measurements; develops medical physics policies and procedures.
Expertise in using Eclipse Treatment Planning System, BrainLab, iPlan Treatment Planning system, Trilogy Treatment machine, Sun Nuclear QA devices, IBA water phantom scanning system, Routine machine QA, treatment planning & delivery of IMRT, Rapid Arc, SBRT, SRS, etc., independently.
Demonstrated continuous expertise stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy. radiotherapy preferably on Varian equipment.
Demonstrated skills in Physics QA and all aspects of the functional statement on VA physicist job description. Ability of perform special dosimetry when required
Training physics and Radiation Oncology residents.
Investigate new upgrades and technology needed for the department and advise service chief on new software, hardware and machine upgrades and replacements.
New machine installation including shielding calculations preferred.
Demonstrated skills in machine acceptance and commissioning.
Oversee dosimetrist and work with technologists on routine machine issues.
Perform 3D / IMRT/ VMAT dosimetry preferred
Certified in Therapeutic Radiological Physics (American Board of Radiology or equivalent).
Work Schedule: M-F 8 AM - 4:30 PM (other times as required); subject to change based on agency needs
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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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
Preferred Experience: BASIC REQUIREMENTS
a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
b. Education. Master's degree or higher in a physics, science, or engineering discipline recognized by an accredited college or university with at least 30 semester hours in medical physics, health physics, radiological science, physics, engineering, chemistry, or biology; or an equivalent foreign degree and coursework substantiated by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
c. Board Certification. Persons hired or reassigned to TMP positions in the VHA must be board certified in the field of therapeutic medical physics by an approved certifying body. The board certificate must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirements for continuing education.
(1) Approved Certifying Bodies
(a) The American Board of Radiology (ABR) in any of the following field titles:
1.Therapeutic Medical Physics
2.Therapeutic Radiologic or Therapeutic Radiological Physics
3.Radiologic Physics or Radiological Physics
(b) The American Board of Medical Physics (ABMP) in the subfield of Radiation Oncology Physics.
(c) The Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM) in the subfield of Radiation Oncology Physics.
Loss of Board Certification. Once board certified, TMPs must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted board certification to remain qualified for employment. Loss of board certification may result in termination of employment.
Preferred Experience: Certified in Therapeutic Radiological Physics (American Board of Radiology or equivalent)
Grade Determinations: Grade Determinations: GS-14 Therapeutic Medical Physicist (Advanced Level)
(a) Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, completion of a minimum of 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade.
(b) Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Employees at this level who are not supervisors are able to carry out assigned tasks independently in all areas of radiation therapy requiring TMP competencies which substantially exceed the full performance level and require advanced knowledge in all areas of radiation therapy. Regardless of the nature of the specific assignment, the work must be of sufficient scope and complexity to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform at this grade level.
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
1.Advanced expertise and experience in the safe and efficient use of all radiotherapy devices for external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy.
2.Highly developed expertise with commissioning linear accelerators and treatment planning systems for complex clinical use, to include project management, performance testing, data acquisition, beam modeling, and validation testing.
3.Advanced knowledge (treatment simulation, planning, dosimetry, and treatment methods) of the scientific, clinical, and technical applications of one or more specialized procedures including, but not limited to, high dose rate brachytherapy, low dose rate brachytherapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, stereotactic radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, volumetric modulated arc therapy, total body irradiation, advanced image-guided therapy, and adaptive therapy.
4.Advanced expertise in acceptance testing, clinical commissioning, and (when applicable) calibration procedures for a variety of ancillary radiation oncology delivery, imaging, dosimetry, metrology, and computational systems.
References: References: 5005/83 July 8, 2015 PART II APPENDIX G48
The full performance level of this vacancy is 14.
VA Directive and Handbook 5019, applicants must be able to perform the duties as a Physician. Light lifting (under 15lbs), light carrying (under 15lbs), use of fingers, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other, hearing (aid permitted), emotional stability, mental stability.
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