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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist (Imaging) in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts


* This Position is with the Clinical Engineering Service and is located at the Jamaica Plain campus* This announcement establishes an open continuous announcement for eligible applicants to be considered for this position. The Next Steps area of the announcement provides additional information on the referral process for this type of announcement.


Notifications: This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized Applicants who meet the qualification requirements will be referred to the hiring manager every 2 weeks throughout the duration of the opening of this job opportunity announcement Incomplete applications will not be considered Current Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action) Potential Advanced Leave Category The BESS Imaging position provides clinical and administrative support to staff, patients, and administrators for all matter of concern relating to the facility wide lifecycle management of advanced imaging of radiological devices and other medical devices. Biomedical support requires the application of engineering and mechanical concepts and methodology to provide lifecycle management and technical support of diagnostic, therapeutic devices, monitoring, and other equipment utilized in the practice of medicine, and to improve health service delivery system for communities and within individual VA faculties (medical centers, outpatient clinics, and domiciliary). The BESS (Imaging) maintains advanced imaging or radiological devices and other medical equipment using established local, regional and national policies and procedures designed to meet criteria and standards from multiple accrediting agencies and governing bodies. The duties of the BESS (imaging) position include, but are not limited to: Lifecycle management of advanced imaging radiological devices to include physical and network support Complete routine and complex assignments in the installation, maintenance, modification, troubleshooting, repair and calibration of complex medical devices and systems Coordinates and works effectively with other facility support departments Troubleshoot and maintains radiology information systems and interfaces with EHR alongside PACS Administrators, OIT, BES (Biomedical Information Systems) and other experts Performs advanced testing and troubleshooting of advanced imaging or radiological devices Loads operating system (OS) and clinical application software Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7am - 3:30pm with some on-call responsibilities Telework: Available - To be determined upon selection Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/04/2020. United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Experience and Education: Associates degree in Biomedical Electronics Technology, Biomedical Equipment Technology or Biomedical Engineering Technology or in a related technical field such as Electronic Technology or Information Technology AND two years of experience as a Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist, Biomedical Equipment Technician, Field Service Engineer, Medical Equipment Repairer, or Information Technology Specialist. OR Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology or in a related field such as Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) or Information Technology. OR Completion of a military training program in biomedical equipment and two years of experience as a Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist or Biomedical Equipment Technician, Field Service Engineer, Medical Equipment Repairer or Information Technology Specialist. Grade Determinations: The GS-12 BESS position is above the Full Performance Level (FPL) for the BESS series. To qualify for the GS-12, applicants must demonstrate that they have at least one (1) year experience at the GS-11 (FPL) or equivalent level and must demonstrate the following GS-12 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): Knowledge of codes and standards relevant to safe operation of radiation producing medical devices such as National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), The Joint Commission (TJC), American College of Radiology (ACR), Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). Comprehensive knowledge of imaging techniques, technologies, radiological practices and procedures. Skill in using advanced radiological test equipment such as radiation dosimeters, calibration phantoms, high voltage testing devices, KV and MA meters and monitor calibration devices. Ability to resolve highly complex breakdowns that have an immediate risk to patient safety. Ability to maintain and troubleshoot networked medical imaging equipment to include VLAN configuration, IP addressing, sub-netting, and network security, and build, configure, repair and install workstations and servers in imaging and non-imaging environments. Ability to utilize and maintain computer and server based medical equipment, medical record databases, and proprietary and generic software, experience with TCP/IP, HL7, networking, and DICOM standards FOR GS-12 Assignment: 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. The incumbent may be responsible for the complete systems management of computerized/networked imaging systems and databases and their inter-connectivity with PACS, related modalities and the Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Utilizes specialized diagnostic software, specialized quality assurance tools and measuring equipment, detailed technical literature, and standard electronic and computer test equipment. Ensures required software updates and backups are completed to maintain continued functionality of equipment, patient safety, and data integrity. The incumbent assists in designing and implementing best approaches to recovery of critical computerized databases and operating systems. The incumbent should be considered a technical expert on one or more advanced imaging system and may provide input to the VISN High-Cost/High-Tech Committee, may serve as a VISN or national technical resource as needed. Advises clinicians and management regarding the acquisition, integration, and application of medical imaging technologies. Participates in the acquisition, technical requirements and evaluations, project planning and deployment of medical imaging systems. May serve as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) for purchase of medical equipment, maintenance/repair contracts, and facility projects. He/she is responsible for coordinating with the facility stakeholders including but not limited to medical staff, clinical personnel, Biomedical Engineering, OI&T, service managers, Patient Safety, senior salespeople and equipment manufacturers on procurement related or technical issues. Preferred Experience: Certification as a Certified Radiology Equipment Specialist (CRES) is highly desirable. References: VA Handbook 5005/95, Part II, Appendix G49 Physical Requirements: Incumbent often will be required to walk or stand for extended periods of time. Work at the bench, sitting is often tedious and precise, requiring good concentration with proper hand-eye coordination. Some climbing and working from ladders may be required. The ability to lift objects up to 50 pounds is required.


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: 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:

Additional Information

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.