Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Health Physicist - Radiation Safety Officer in Little Rock, Arkansas

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1998152

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?

Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System is recruiting for a Radiation Safety Officer. This position is located in the office of Chief of Staff at the Little Rock Campus.

This position is delegated authority as the Medical Center's Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). The major function of the position is the development, organization, implementation and management of a unified Medical Center radiation safety program to maintain as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) exposure of patients, employees, visitors and the general public to all radiation produced within this Medical Center. Selection for this position is subject to US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approval, based on requirements for a broad license RSO.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitionsdocument.

  • Develop, modify, test and/or evaluate new or improved instrumentation, equipment, analytical procedures, operating procedures, evaluation techniques, computer programs, etc. for the handling, storage and disposal of radioactive materials

  • Prepare written guides for radiation control standards and practices for Health Physics (HP) problems

  • Investigate radiation accidents or radioisotope contamination

  • Consult with faculty and staff to anticipate future HP problems and plan necessary corrective measures

  • Prepare emergencies and take necessary actions in emergencies

  • Develop and implement detailed standards of the Radiation Protection Guidance to Federal Agencies for Diagnostic X-rays and other established guides and VA regulations

  • Institute and conduct calibration surveys for diagnostic x-ray equipment to document and reduce patient and personnel radiation exposure

  • Perform analyses of new equipment and procedures that affect patients and personnel and make recommendations

  • Train personnel in quality control and radiation safety procedures

  • Evaluate new equipment after receipt and installation for compliance with standards

  • Maintain radiation control/licenses required by the Bureau of Radiological Health (BRH), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the National Health Physics Program and the JCAHO

  • Utilize knowledge of the procedures for the use of radiopharmaceutical and brachytherapy treatment

  • Monitor, investigate and assist in establishment of standards for new and unusual problems in non-ionizing radiation, including ultraviolet and lasers

  • Perform all other related additional duties

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Position Description Title/PD#: 598-04367-0

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
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Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • [time in grade requirement may be added]
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement

To qualify for this position you must meet one of the following Basic Requirements:

Education Requirements: Successful completion of a full four (4)-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in natural science or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in health physics, engineering, radiological science, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and/or calculus. OR

  • Combination of education AND experience: (1) Courses as shown in ‘Education Requirements' above, plus appropriate experience or other education; or (2) 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 above paragraph ‘Education Requirements.'

In addition to the Basic Requirement, to qualify for this position at the GS-13 you must meet the following

* Minimum Requirement:*

  • Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you 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 the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience is experience performing complex duties (i.e., designing, implementing, evaluating and modifying) of a radiation safety program in compliance with regulations by Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) or similar agencies within a healthcare setting (i.e., complex hospital or medical center)

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position (Narrative Responses Not Required):

  • Ability to design and manage radiation safety program from a complex medical center with an active biomedical research service and academic medicine affiliation

  • Knowledge of the theories, principles, and applications of nuclear physics, mathematics, statistics, and radiobiology as related to radiation protection

  • Knowledge of the regulations, standards, concepts, and techniques for protection of employees and the public from the hazards of ionizing radiation

  • Knowledge of the techniques and instrumentation used in detecting and measuring ionizing radiation and its sources in the human body and in the environment

  • Knowledge of the operation of all radiation producing machines

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.

*Physical Requirements: *Much of the time is spent walking and standing while collecting radioactive samples, inspecting equipment, performing surveys, and collecting and distributing personal dosimetry devises. Additionally, much of the work is administrative in nature and requires sitting in an office and utilizing computers. Duties are performed in a hospital environment requiring safety precaution commensurate with a medical treatment and medical research facility. Additional safety precautions are required as they pertain to occupational radiation exposure.

Time-in-grade: 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. For a GS-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12 level.

Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP)provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

[Optional paragraph] 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.

[Optional paragraph]*Placement Policy:* The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-11 to 2017-08-31

Salary: $85,816 to $111,560 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Series: 1306 Health Physics

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: RQ-17-DD-1998152

Control number: 476766300