Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Health Physicist(Medical) in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • San Juan, PR
Work Schedule is Full Time - ICTAP eligibles only

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (4 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1818709

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

"As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitionsdocument.

The Qualified Diagnostic Medical Physicist provides physics support for both clinical and research studies for radiology, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, MRI, CT, PET/CT, radiotherapy and mammography; provides support including scientific, technical, service, QA and safety aspects of the studies in coordination with other personnel; investigates equipment performance, organizes quality control in imaging systems, designs radiation installations, and controls for radiation hazards; initiates projects in QA and other system control aspects; and facilitates effective problem solving. Is a member of the Medical Physics Team who is thoroughly familiar with the physical and geometric characteristics of the radiation equipment and radioactive sources commonly employed.


As member of a team of professionals responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of patients, the incumbent is responsible for (a) perform imaging equipment (x-ray equipment, nuclear medicine cameras, PET/CT cameras, ultrasound units, and MRIs) inspections to ensure compliance with the current American College of Radiology (ACR), Joint Commission (JC) and Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) requirements, (b) for the accuracy and safety of physical methods used in close cooperation with Physicians and other personnel, (c) for routine clinical applications of equipment, (d) Perform evaluation of diagnostic x ray units, (e) assists the Chief Medical Physics Section and Radiation Safety Officer in the implementation of the Radiation Safety Plan and Quality Improvement Program.

Furthermore, the incumbent is responsible for quality assurance of equipment used in diagnostic radiology and for providing education and training in medical physics and safe use of the equipment. (f) Serves as COTR and/or certifying official for the Medical Physics and Radiation Safety Section. (g) Performs other directly related duties as assignedResponsible for quality assurance of equipment used in diagnostic radiology and for providing education and training in medical physics and safe use of the equipment.

Work Schedule:8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Position Description Title/PD#:

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


* Basic Requirements:* A 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. (Unofficial Transcripts required)


A combination of education and experience (See Specialized Experience below) courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or other education; or certification as a health physicist by the American Board of Health Physics, plus appropriate experience and other education that provided an understanding of sciences applicable to health physics comparable to that described above. (Unofficial Transcript required).

In addition to the basic education requirement; One (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level of (GS-11) in Federal Service. Specialized experiences is; In addition to the basic education requirement; One (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level of (GS-11) in Federal Service. Specialized experiences is; ensuring the proper function and calibration of x-ray equipment, nuclear medicine cameras, PET/CT cameras, ultrasound units, CBCT, and MRIs; providing shielding design calculations for each new, replaced, or relocated x-ray imaging system, calculations for each shall comply with the National Council for Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), dose determination protocols and parameters needed for their use, and understanding of the effects of radiation exposure on the patient and operator to assure that adequate safeguard are maintained.

English Language Proficiency; In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.

Quality Ranking Factor:Board Eligible in Diagnostic Radiologic Physics with experience and expertise in Diagnostic Radiology or be Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiologic Physics and current in Maintenance of certification (MOC)program.

Ensure you submit the Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice or a Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; most recent performance appraisal; and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please clearly state in your application package that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

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; religions; 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.

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: The work includes periods of standing, walking, or sitting at a computer console. Carrying of moderately heavy articles, such as phantoms, with some bending and lifting is also required. Manual dexterity is required for the use of measuring devices and radioactive source handling.

Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11 level.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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 an overview of the benefits currently offered:

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP)provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

[Optional paragraph] 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

[Optional paragraph]*Placement Policy:* The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

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.

Salary Range: $71,012.00 to $92,316.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1306-12/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: ICTAP/CTAP Eligibles Only

Control Number: 452628700

Job Announcement Number: 672-17-LR-1818709-BU