Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Biomedical Engineer in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Summary 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? Responsibilities The Biomedical Engineer for VA Northern Indiana Health Care System (NIHCS), provides professional engineering management to a complex, technically sophisticated, and service oriented Biomedical Engineering Program. The Biomedical Program includes healthcare technology strategic planning, pre-purchase assessment, acquisition support, implementation coordination, equipment management, training, and ongoing maintenance support across the enterprise. Duties include but are not limited to the following: Supports the VHA, VISN, and Facility missions and Biomedical Engineering Program goas while operating in accordance with VISN policies, biomedical policies, and standards of professional service. Program Manager and Senior Technical Advisor on medical technology matters, including Real-Time Locating System (RTLS), Network Executive Management, Network Program Officers, Executive Management at all Medical Centers, Clinical Service Lines, and Facility Department Directors. Provides support and guidance to the VHA Healthcare Technology Management Program Office (Biomedical Engineering) in matters related to RTLS Exercises authority to oversee the overall planning, direction, and timely execution of the assigned projects. Collaborates extensively with Clinical Programs Managers, CMO, CLO, CIO, CFO, and others in order to manage technical and administrative aspect of the program. Leads technology assessment of medical systems and related equipment by working collaboratively with medical staff to evaluate market offerings, determines VISN and medical center requirements, design system configurations, and develop specifications. Consults on construction projects, information technology projects, space functional changes, and associated planning with respect to medical technologies and its related clinical areas (OR, ICU, PACU, etc.). This includes site preparation for medical technology via station level projects, non-recurring maintenance projects, clinical specific initiatives, minor construction, and turn-key project designs. Collaborates with designated OIT staff as appropriate to secure IT resources and engagement with respect to medical technology initiatives and equipment projects. Technology assessment and selection of medical equipment (may include specification writing, participating in pre-purchase clinical trials, evaluations, and comparisons) to ensure that appropriate equipment is purchased for the facility. Analyzes and recommends optimal maintenance strategies clinical technology systems. Managing project and equipment procurement processes include "right-sizing" equipment functionality, developing technical specifications, evaluating technical proposals, and contributing to price negotiations. Assures that medical device recalls and hazard alerts are acted upon as appropriate and that equipment related safety enhancements are implemented across the VA NIHCS. Works collaboratively with Facility Biomedical Engineers, Biomedical Equipment Supports Specialists (BESS), Informatics, and OIT staff to accomplish work. In addition, the Biomedical Engineer communicates with clinical service line and department directors, section managers, facility engineers, contracting officers, and wide range of line clinical staff to accomplish VISN goals and objectives. Installation or relocation of medical equipment, to include upgrades and enhancements to existing equipment and systems. Integration with other existing systems and/or placement on the hospital network. Additional duties are performed as assigned by supervisor related to maintenance, remediation, and tracking of medical systems (action items, special projects, etc.) to meet mission critical requirements. Work Schedule: The tour of duty for this position is typically, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. (Schedule may change based on the needs of the service). Additional information may be provided during interview process. Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement: Biomedical Engineer/#000000 Service Line: Biomedical Engineering Service Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Drug Testing: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a drug 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 the VA. In addition, any offer of employment will be rescinded with a verified positive drug test. VA employees in drug testing designated positions are also subject to post appointment random drug testing. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Please review the basic requirements under the education and additional information sections below. All grades must meet the basic Requirements to be eligible at any grade. Specific grade determinations are listed below. Citizenship. [Be] a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with [VA Handbook 5005, Part II,] chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3.g.) English Language Proficiency. Biomedical Engineers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. Education and/or Experience. Bachelor's Degree or Higher in Engineering. To be creditable, the curriculum must be from a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), as a professional engineering curriculum. Examples of acceptable engineering degrees include: Biomedical Engineering, Clinical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Biochemical Engineering. Titles may vary from educational institutions and change over time. Note: Copy College Transcripts Required OR, Certification as a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) and a bachelor's degree not listed in item above. Note: Copy Certification as Certified Engineer (CCE) and College Transcripts Required GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following education and experience criteria must be met when determining the appropriated grade assignment of candidates: Biomedical Engineer, GS-7 Entry Level Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. Education. Bachelor's Degree as outlined in basic requirements section above, or CCE certification with at least a Bachelor's Degree not listed in basic requirement section above. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). None beyond the basic requirements. NOTE: Your experience must be detailed in your résumé to receive full credit. Biomedical Engineer, GS-9 Developmental Level 1 Experience. At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-07). OR, Education: Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering, or a related field of study. OR, Bachelor's degree plus two full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a related field of study, provided the applicant's total background demonstrates the KSAs for the GS-9 level assignment. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts, and practices of the Biomedical Engineering profession. Ability to interpret relevant codes, regulations, guidelines, and standards, and make recommendations to ensure compliance with medical center programs. Ability to understand the operational needs of clinical services in the health care system. Ability to prepare material on current technical topics and trends, for presentation to other technical staff and mid-level hospital management, and the ability to keep abreast of changes in technology. NOTE: Your experience must be detailed in your résumé to receive full credit. Biomedical Engineer, GS-11 Developmental Level 2 Experience. At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS-09) OR, Education Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering, or a related field of engineering. OR, Bachelor's degree, plus three full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a related field of study. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to implement and/or sustain an equipment management or biomedical research program that meets The Joint Commission (TJC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), or other applicable regulatory requirements. Ability to develop material for a continuing education program for clinical or research staff, that address the principles and application of medical technology, and/or biomedical theory used in healthcare. Ability to advise staff on emerging medical technology, or research procedures], while keeping abreast of changes in such technology, and utilizing the information to solve biomedical engineering problems. Knowledge of basic project management principles, as applied to the healthcare setting and medical equipment, and information system implementation. NOTE: Your experience must be detailed in your résumé to receive full credit. Biomedical Engineer, GS-12 Full Performance Level Experience. Completion of at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS-11); or completion of a post-doctoral research fellowship in the field of biomedical engineering, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to conduct a medical equipment management [or biomedical research program that is compliant with applicable healthcare standards and regulatory agencies.] Ability to develop a curriculum for a continuing education program, that address the safe and effective use of medical technology, and/or research devices. Ability to manage a recall and safety alert program for medical devices, including medical device hazard investigations, to assure compliance with patient safety goals, SMDA, and [TJC] requirements. Ability to conduct capital asset and infrastructure planning for medical equipment spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment. Ability to function as the subject matter expert in the field of biomedical engineering, directly supporting specialized clinical technology, including service, system administration, training, quality assurance, and life-cycle management. Ability to effectively advise clinical and administrative staff on medical technology, including existing and emerging technology, which addresses viability, long-term suitability, compatibility, and/or safety. Knowledge of concepts related to computer based medical systems, networking protocols, and information security as it applies to medical technology within VHA. Skill in communicating and working collaboratively with key stakeholders, including technical and professional staff at various levels of the organization. Ability to apply project management principles to deployment of medical equipment and health information technologies. NOTE: Your experience must be detailed in your résumé to receive full credit. References: VA Handbook 5005/104; Part II; Appendix G38. Biomedical Engineer Qualification Standard, GS-0858. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-07 to GS-12. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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. Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or 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. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.