Health Physicist (Radiation Safety Officer)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Description


The Health Physicist serves as the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for the Birmingham VA Healthcare System. The position functions within the Director's Office with direct report to and under administrative direction of the Medical Center's Chief of Staff. The RSO is an advisor to the Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for the overall safe and prudent use of all radioactive materials and x-ray producing equipment and controls the accountability for such material and equipment.


This position has the primary responsibility for implementing and managing the BVAHCS radiation safety program and supervisory duties over assigned staff. Duties and responsibilities include but not limited to: Sets up all work, trains in all areas of radiation safety including but not limited to machine produced radiation and radioactive material. Develops long-range program priorities, and schedules work efforts. Implements and evaluates tests, procedures, and reporting mechanisms to insure proper radiation safety measures within the facility. Consults with facility medical staff and scientists, equipment vendors and operations personnel to resolve very complex and unprecedented issues arising from clinical uses of radioactivity and radiation producing equipment, research protocols, new x-ray equipment capabilities, applications or environments. Plans and implements radiation safety program for a clinically complex institution and satellite clinics, which typically includes clinical consultation and/or research functions. Oversees development of control criteria for new, improved or experimental equipment and environments. Represents the organization in agency and peer group committees as well as affiliated university to develop new policies and procedures. Develops and recommends evaluation criteria and guidelines for assessing radiation safety programs. Communicates extensively with all regulatory agencies [i.e. the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), State Radiation Control Program, Joint Commission and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)]. Serves as a contractor officer representative. Advises medical center administration on all aspects of health physics, including disaster planning for accidents involving radiation exposure or radioactive contamination. Oversees the use of all radioactive materials and radiation producing machines within the research and clinical domains, responsible for ensuring the required audits, surveys and QA evaluations of all radiation producing equipment utilized across the Medical Center. Ensures that all users of radioactive material and/or radiation producing equipment including but not limited to fluoroscopy, radiography, mammography and Computed tomography are within compliance. Designs, implements and evaluates strategies to improve radiation program assurance and quality management. Instructs personnel in use of monitoring equipment, safe laboratory practices, decontamination methods, etc. Provides initial education and training to new employees regarding safety procedures for all personnel using radioactive materials and or radiation producing equipment and continuous training to existing employees including physicians, nursing, biomedical engineers, technologists, etc. Evaluates all areas of ionizing radiation use for proper security, shielding integrity, usage, and ventilation in appropriate areas. Develops, implements and maintains written policies and procedures appropriate for the monitoring, use and control of radioactive materials and radiation machines. Monitor/control the storage, ordering, receipt, handling, and disposal of radioactive materials. The employee independently provides expert, comprehensive quality assurance oversight for imaging to a segment of a large, complex biomedical research facility. Serve as a radiation safety liaison and technical expert to unique specialty groups within the organization. Work Schedule: Day Shift, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Telework: Not Available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: Health Physicist (Radiation Safety Officer)/PD094200

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required First Cutoff. June 13, 2020. This is an open continuous announcement. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Applications received by the first cutoff will be referred first. Applications thereafter of qualified applicants will be referred as needed to the selecting official mONDAY of each week until the closing date of announcement November 15, 2020 (or when filled).


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/08/2020.Time-In-Grade Requirement: 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 by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11 in the Federal service. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Individual Occupational Requirement (IQR): In order to meet the basic requirement of the Health Physicist, 1306 Occupational series, you must possess: A. Degree: natural science or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in health physics, engineering, radiological science, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and/or calculus. (Copy of transcript required) OR, B. Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in A 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 in paragraph A. (Copy of transcript required) IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE IQR, applicant must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-11 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of Health Physicists. Examples of specialized experience typically include but not limited to: Professional knowledge of health physics as it relates to a medical environment, to adapt standard practices, equipment, or techniques to solve a variety of health physics problems. Planning and conducting work that requires judgment in evaluating, selecting, and adapting precedents and in modifying procedures and criteria. Knowledge of health protection standards, theories, and practices and to operate instruments used for measuring radiation and radioactive materials. Identifying and solving complex scientific problems in medical and research laboratory functions and activities involving numerous and varied sources of radiation. Ensuring proper use of radioactive materials. Advising researchers and medical staff on how to design and conduct procedures. Identifying and evaluating radiation hazards and taking measures to eliminate or control exposure to those hazards. Experience also includes evaluating, overseeing and recommending proper safety measures for laser use. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Compliance Inspection Hazardous Materials Health Physics Technology Application Writing Preferred Experience/Qualifications: Certified / qualified Medical RSO. You may include a copy of a medical radioactive material licensed issued by NRC or an Agreement State showing you as the Radiation Safety Officer or other supporting documents. Experience working with U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Previous experience serving as Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). 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.

Additional Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at 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. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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