Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (MRI/Radiology) in Durham, North Carolina

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Durham, NC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview


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.

Since 1953, VAMC Durham has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to more than 200,000 veterans living in a 26-county area of central and eastern North Carolina. In addition to our main facility in Durham, we offer services in three community-based outpatient clinics. These clinics are located in:

  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Greenville, North Carolina
  • Morehead City, North Carolina

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.**


TOUR OF DUTY: 4:00pm-Midnight

The incumbent's primary responsibilities are in the performance of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) examinations. Performs Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the head, neck, spine, chest, and body. These exams are performed with the use of contrast materials. With demonstrated competency, the incumbent operates independently and without direct supervision performing Magnetic Resonance Imaging examination procedures. The purpose of the work is to provide MRI studies for doctors to use in diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of abnormalities and diseases. The quality and clarity of the studies directly affects the accuracy and reliability of the physician's diagnosis and treatment. Other tasks and responsibilities include performing general radiology examinations. The incumbent schedules exams in a manner so as to optimize scanner times while maintaining flexibility for emergency cases. This requires the ability to prioritize scheduled patients as well as the ability to accommodate the emergency patient who may need immediate emergency surgery, etc. The incumbent confers with radiologist to determine requirements of non-standard exams. Determines technical factors, positioning, number, and thickness of scans, etc., to produce and satisfy requirements of MRI scans. Advises radiologist or referring physicians of examination results. Notifies them of scans requiring their immediate attention. Makes sure all scans are transmitted tot e PACS upon completion. Assist radiologist when performing MR Guided Biopsies; sets up equipment; delivers specimen to the laboratory service; coordinate with other departments as necessary. Adheres to hospital infection control and safety policies/techniques with emphasis on sterile technique; the storage of sterile supplies; the disposal of body fluids and sharps, proper attire; hand washing practices; and continuing education. Prepares contrast materials that are used in MRI exams, Improper use or administration of the contrast materials run the risk of patient mortality and therefore it is essential that a thorough understanding of the contrast material usage is possessed by those who prepare it. In addition, must be continuously on the alert to the patient's condition and other disorders. Reactions on the part of the patients require immediate attention so that harm does not come to the patient. Is certified to insert IV needles for administration of contrast material when necessary, CPR certification is required and recertification in accordance with American Heart Association guidelines.

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.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must meet the following requirements:

a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.

b. Certification.All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R).

c.* Experience or Education.*Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiology.

d. English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English


Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for appointment, the following criteria must be used when determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates:


(a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that

(b)* Certification*. Certification by ARRT in one of the specialized areas of radiologic technology

Creditable Experience

Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic requirements. Experience as a graduate DRT is creditable provided the candidate functioned as a DRT and subsequently passed the certification examination.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-25 VA Qualification Standard.

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: *Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted)]

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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 is 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: $57,093.00 to $69,936.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0647-09/09

Promotion Potential: 9

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 453243100

Job Announcement Number: 558-17-SJR-1704340-BU