Biomedical Engineer

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 6/30/2020
Description This position supports and advances patient care by applying professional engineering support to a highly complex and technical Biomedical Engineering/Healthcare Technology Management Program at the Corporal Michael J. Crecenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Examples of duties will be but is not limited to:
  • Assists in developing, planning, organizing, implementing and maintenance of the Medical Equipment Management Program and projects affecting the department.
  • Advise clinical and leadership staff on medical engineering technology and changes in such technology.
  • Provide educational opportunities to clinical staff on the safe and effective use of medical equipment and/or technology.
  • Involved in the Quality Assurance and Continuous Quality Management program.
  • Developing and improving complex medical equipment systems.
  • Facilitating the introduction of new medical equipment into the medical center.
  • Assists in reviewing, comparing, and selecting medical equipment for use in the medical center.
  • Evaluating functional and operational requirements of medical and engineering systems to establish and confirm specific requirements for final application.
  • Assists in developing policies and guidelines for the installation, maintenance and electrical safety or a wide variety of equipment systems.
  • Assisting with implementation of preventative maintenance programs for all medical equipment and medical equipment systems.
  • Assisting with implementation of biomedical engineering computer software and software updates.
  • Ensuring compliance with the Safe Medical Device Act.
  • Developing the work performance specifications for a variety of service contractors, including servicing specialized imaging equipment.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Alternate work schedule may be available.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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; OR Certification as a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) and a bachelor's degree not listed above.
  • Grandfathering Provision: All persons employed in VHA in this occupation, on the effective date of this qualification standard, are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education, and/or certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply:(1) Such employees in an occupation that does not require a certification/registration, may be reassigned, promoted, or demoted within the occupation.(2) Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis, prior to the effective date of the qualification standard, may not have their temporary appointment extended, or be reappointed on a temporary, or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard.(3) Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or certification/registration, that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard, must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation.(4) If an employee, who was retained in an occupation listed in 38 U.S.C. § 7401(3) under this provision, leaves that occupation, the employee loses protected status, and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.
  • English Language Proficiency: Biomedical engineers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

Grade Determinations:
GS-7 (Entry Level) - In addition to the basic requirements for employment listed in paragraph 3 above, the following education and experience criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:
(a) Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.
(b) Education. Bachelor's degree as outlined in paragraph 3.b.(1), above, or CCE certification with at least a bachelor's degree not listed in paragraph 3.b.(1).
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-9 - (Developmental Level 1)
(a) Experience. At least [one] year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level.
OR,
(b) Education
1. Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering, or a related field of study, as outlined in paragraph 3.b.(1).
OR,
2. Bachelor's degree, as outlined in paragraph 3.b.(1), 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.
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
1. Knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts, and practices of the Biomedical Engineering profession.
2. Ability to interpret relevant codes, regulations, guidelines, and standards, and make recommendations to ensure compliance with medical center programs.
3. Ability to understand the operational needs of clinical services in the health care system.
4. 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.

GS-11 (Developmental Level 2)
(a) Experience. At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.
OR,
(b) Education.
1. Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering, or a related field of engineering, as outlined in paragraph 3.b.(1).
OR,
2. Bachelor's degree, plus three full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a related field of study, as outlined in paragraph 3.b.(1).
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Knowledge of basic project management principles, as applied to the healthcare setting and medical equipment, and information system implementation.

GS-12 - (Full Performance)
(a.) Experience: Completion of at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level; or completion of a post-doctoral research fellowship in the field of biomedical engineering, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.
(b.) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
1. Ability to conduct a medical equipment management [or biomedical research program that is compliant with applicable healthcare standards and regulatory agencies.
2. Ability to develop a curriculum for a continuing education program, that address the safe and effective use of medical technology, and/or research devices.
3. 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.
4. Ability to conduct capital asset and infrastructure planning for medical equipment spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Knowledge of concepts related to computer based medical systems, networking protocols, and information security as it applies to medical technology within VHA.
8. Skill in communicating and working collaboratively with key stakeholders, including technical and professional staff at various levels of the organization.
9. Ability to apply project management principles to deployment of medical equipment and health information technologies.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G38

Physical Requirements: Work is primarily sedentary. Requires walking; carrying of light loads such as files and folders; sitting 6-8 hours, ability to distinguish basic colors.

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