Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Therapeutic Medical Physicist in East Orange, New Jersey

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

Opened Thursday 3/3/2016 (238 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 3/2/2017 (126 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1590156

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VA New Jersey Health Care System is seeking a Supervisory Therapeutic Medical Physicist (TMP) for our Radiation Oncology Service.

The Supervisory TMP provides professional, scientific, and clinical practice of therapeutic medical physics for external beam and brachytherapy treatment procedures from treatment simulation to treatment planning to the actual treatment delivery. The incumbent oversees the technical development and implementation of new radiotherapy techniques and modalities; oversees the activities of all other TMPs, dosimetrists, and other staff members assigned to the unit; directs the technical aspects of treatment procedures; and, performs duties qualifying them as a supervisor to include planning and directing work, developing performance plans, evaluating staff performance, and other administrative functions. The supervisory TMP has full supervisory responsibility for a staff that includes lower level TMP positions and other clinical and professional staff within the unit. The employee directs the implementation of new equipment and processes through oversight of the following activities: assesses radiation therapy equipment needs; monitors acceptance testing and commissioning of new radiation therapy equipment; evaluates the adequacy of room shielding and radiation surveys; develops and implements treatment processes in concert with a radiation oncologist; and, ensures the precision and accuracy of treatment delivery. The employee optimizes technical infrastructure and workflow for streamlined operations in the department of radiation oncology through the mastery and application of techniques such as Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA), Root Cause Analysis (RCA), and Fault Tree Analysis (FTA). The employee directs the radiation therapy treatment planning team through oversight of the following activities: designs and approves of treatment plans; monitors the accuracy of treatment data recorded in the patient's medical records; provides consultation to the radiation oncologist regarding difficult treatment cases; performs patient-specific treatment validation measurements; develops medical physics policies and procedures for the delivery and quality assessment of advanced treatment modalities such as intensity modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy and brachytherapy. The employee develops, operates, and documents the medical physics quality assurance program; ensures regulatory compliance; supervises the Radiation Safety Officer's radiation safety program; and, trains and educates radiation oncology team members in safe operations in Radiation Oncology.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm with weekends and varied hours possible.

*Functional Statement Title/#: *Supervisory Therapeutic Medical Physicist/000000

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959


a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. b. Education. Master's degree or higher in 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. Certification. You must be board certified in the field of therapeutic medical physics by an approved certifying body. The board certificate must be current and you must abide by the certifying body's requirements for continuing education. d. English Language Proficiency. Therapeutic Medical Physicist must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C 7402 (d) and 7407 (d).

GRADE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADE 14: Experience: In addition to the basic requirements, completion of a minimum of 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-13).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: You must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Ability to oversee the technical development and implementation of new radiotherapy techniques and modalities. This includes knowledge of current standards of care, VA policies, trends and changes in delivery technology, as well as fair, principled, and decisive leadership practices.
  2. Ability to optimize technical infrastructure and workflow for streamlined operations in the department of radiation oncology. This includes the knowledge and application of techniques such as II-G48-8 Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA), Root Cause Analysis (RCA), and Fault Tree Analysis (FTA).
  3. Ability to assess the qualifications and abilities of current and prospective employees, to include staff performance evaluations and professional development.
  4. Advanced knowledge of regulatory requirements, manufacturer's standards, and professional society guidelines for performing quality assurance of radiation therapy equipment to include accelerators, simulators, and high dose rate/low dose rate brachytherapy delivery systems.
  5. Ability to use written and verbal communication with a strong command of technical writing considerations.
  6. Ability to collaborate with the members of other disciplines and supervisors and to represent the profession both in and outside of VHA. This includes knowledge of the roles, contributions, and interrelationships with other health care specialties and supporting divisions.
  7. Knowledge of instructional methods and documenting competencies.
  8. Ability to manage and supervise employees.

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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/83, Part II, Appendix G48.

PLEASE 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: *Moderate lifting; heavy carrying; reaching above shoulders use of fingers, both hands required; walking (4+ hours); standing (up to 8 hours); repeated bending (2+ hours); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision corrected at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of color; mental and emotional stability. Environmental factors include dust; fumes, smoke or gases; radiant energy; working closely with others. The work space is located in Radiation Oncology. As this position includes some exposure to low levels of radiation, the Supervisory Medical Physicist is required to wear a dosimeter and adhere to radiation policies/procedures established by the hospital. The Supervisory Medical Physicist is required to follow regulations regarding universal precautions, infection control policies, the handling of hazardous materials, and personal protection.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
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You may be eligible for a recruitment incentive.

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: $112,744.00 to $146,570.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0601-14/14

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 425390800

Job Announcement Number: BH-16-PB-1590156-OCA