U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$147,461.00 to $164,200.00
Open & closing dates
$147,461 to $164,200 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
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?
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital (http://www.hines.va.gov/), located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago on a 147-acre campus, offers primary, extended and specialty care and serves as a tertiary care referral center for VISN 12. Specialized clinical programs include Blind Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurosurgery, Radiation Therapy and Cardiovascular Surgery. The hospital also serves as the VISN 12 southern tier hub for pathology, radiology, radiation therapy, human resource management and fiscal services.
Hines VAH currently operates 483 beds and six community based outpatient clinics in Aurora, Hoffman Estates, Joliet, Kankakee, LaSalle, and Oak Lawn. Over 800,000 patient visits occurred in fiscal year 2015 providing care to over 59,000 veterans, primarily from Cook, DuPage and Will counties.
Recruitment/Relocation Incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidates.
The TMP will use the Varian Eclipse (ver 11) treatment planning system and ARIA (ver 11) information system, Varian Clinac and TrueBeam delivery system, and SunNuclear QA equipment and software, including DailyChecker, Profiler, MapCheck, and ArcCheck. The TMP will also be competent in the following special procedures: IMRT, VMAT, SBRT for lung tumors, SRS.
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Calibrate therapy equipment using TG-51 protocol for accurate radiation dose delivery.
Direct the determination of radiation dose distributions in patients undergoing treatment (i.e. computerized dosimetry planning or direct radiation measurement).
Direct the acceptance testing of new equipment and treatment devices.
Direct the design and construction of patient treatment aids or special devices (blocks, compensators, molds, etc.).
In partnership with the Radiation Safety Department, direct the radiation safety program for the radiation oncology department.
Provide continuing education lectures to staff, technologists and associated allied health personnel on radiation technologies and safety.
Participate in equipment planning and evaluation, program planning, marketing, staff review and budget preparation.
Maintain proper records necessary for JCAHO, NHPP, ACR, IROC and other regulatory agencies.
With the Medical Director, review and approve department policies and procedures.
Develop policies and procedures related to radiation safety and radiation oncology physics.
Provide consultation for personnel radiation exposure.
Design and implement pertinent aspects of the quality management program that involve the use of external beam radiotherapy equipment and therapeutic radioisotopes.
Manage the medical physics service in a manner to meet or exceed established standards of practice consistent with the facility size and available resources.
Serve as a member of various committees such as the Radiation Safety Committee, Cancer Committee, CQI Committee, and the Hospital Safety Committee.
In accordance with TG-142, establish, develop, and monitor procedures for measuring the performance levels of imaging equipment used in radiation oncology.
Evaluate new technologies and implement as needed.
Consult with the radiation oncologists, as required, concerning patient doses and optimization of patient treatment plans and delivery.
Provide technical direction of radiation oncology staff as specified by the department Medical Director.
Work in conjunction with Biomedical Engineering for machine maintenance and repair.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday rotating hours
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Job family (Series)
0601 General Health Science
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Proficient in spoken and written English.
Master's degree or higher in a 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.
Board certified in the field of therapeutic medical physics by an approved certifying body. This board certificate must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirements for continuing education. Here are the three approved certifying bodies:
(a) The American Board of Radiology (ABR) in any of the following field titles: 1. Therapeutic Medical Physics, 2. Therapeutic Radiologic or Therapeutic Radiological Physics or 3. Radiologic Physics or Radiological Physics
(b) The American Board of Medical Physics (ABMP) in the subfield of Radiation Oncology Physics.
(c) The Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM) in the subfield of Radiation Oncology Physics.
Preferred Experience: Preferred Experience: Minimum of 5 years experience working in a clinical radiation therapy department, having experience with the following technologies: Varian linear accelerators (Varian iX, Clinac and TrueBeam), Eclipse treatment planning software (version 11 or higher), Aria information system (version 11 or higher), IMRT/VMAT planning and quality assurance measurements, TG-51 calibration protocol, and TG-142 comprehensive quality assurance protocol and procedures. Experience working in an academic environment is preferred. A publication record of scientific research is desired.
Grade Determinations at the GS14 grade level: Must possess at least 2 years of progressively complex experience associated with current professional TMP practice. This experience must be post-master's degree or above. Experience satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional TMP. Noteworthy: Your post-graduate clinical training may be substituted for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.
In addition must be able to demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Advanced expertise and experience in the safe and efficient use of all radiotherapy devices for external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy.
- Highly developed expertise with commissioning linear accelerators and treatment planning systems for complex clinical use, to include project management, performance testing, data acquisition, beam modeling, and validation testing.
- Advanced knowledge (treatment simulation, planning, dosimetry, and treatment methods) of the scientific, clinical, and technical applications of one or more specialized procedures including, but not limited to, high dose rate brachytherapy, low dose rate brachytherapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, stereotactic radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, volumetric modulated arc therapy, total body irradiation, advanced image-guided therapy, and adaptive therapy.
- Advanced expertise in acceptance testing, clinical commissioning, and (when applicable) calibration procedures for a variety of ancillary radiation oncology delivery, imaging, dosimetry, metrology, and computational systems.
References: VA Handbook 5005/83, Part II Appendix G48
Physical Requirements: The work requires long periods of standing and walking. Patients often are assisted to achieve proper positioning, which may require reaching, lifting, or working in strained positions. The deterioration of the patient due to disease progression often requires lifting of the patient from stretchers or wheelchairs to treatment and examination tables utilizing special techniques designed to minimize the discomfort of the patient.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
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
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.
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
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.
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If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
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.
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist
to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 02/28/2018 to receive consideration.
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Edward Hines Junior Hospital
5000 South 5th Avenue
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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.