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Biomedical Engineer

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Omaha, NE
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Biomedical Engineer








The Biomedical Engineer for the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa (NWI) Healthcare System provides professional engineering management of a complex, highly technical and service oriented Biomedical Engineering Program.

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm

Financial Disclosure Report:

Not required

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Supports technology assessment by working collaboratively with medical staff to evaluate market offerings, determine medical center requirements, design system configurations, and develop specifications for medical equipment system.

Works collaboratively with the contracting staff to procure medical equipment that best meets clinical needs while containing resources.

Coordinates the medical technology implementation including assessing installation and site preparation requirements, managing project timelines, monitoring installation, and facilitating training of equipment operators and maintainers.

Participates in the development of technical specifications, evaluating technical proposals, and contributes to price negotiations.

Manages acquisition, implementation planning, implementation, and ongoing technical support of assigned projects.

Reviews and approves medical equipment requests in a timely manner.

Provides service support of medical equipment, identifying opportunities and recommending actions to improve service delivery and cost containment.

Assists in managing the medical equipment management program by preparing and presenting reports to NWIHCS committees regarding medical equipment management.

Monitors that the medical device recalls and hazard alerts are managed and acted upon in a timely manner based on the nature of the hazard/recall.

Assists in monitoring and reporting on medical equipment management program to meet the requirements set by accrediting organizations such as The Joint Commission and the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

Demonstrates current knowledge of standards, standards interpretation, survey process, and regular reporting requirements.

Participates in the medical center construction projects and associated planning with respect to medical technologies and medical-related technologies.

Participates in the new hospital planning/design meetings and medical equipment planning activities.

Evaluates maintenance contracts periodically to determine best service options - outsourcing versus in-house support.

Reviews medical equipment at NWIHCS and periodically performs medical equipment replacement planning.

Assists in the financial management of the department, including budget forecasting, execution of operations within budget, and maintenance cost analysis.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


#### Job family (Series)

0858 Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

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Biomedical Engineers

Engineers, Biomedical




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.

Bachelor's degree: Professional engineering

. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (a) Be in a school of engineering with at least 1 curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or, (b) Include differential and integral calculus, and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: (1) statics and/or dynamics; (2) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (3) fluid mechanics and/or hydraulics; (4) thermodynamics; (5) electrical fields and circuits; (6) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); or (7) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR,

Combination of education and experience:

College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished: [a] a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering; and [b] a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to 1 of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

Professional registration:

Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than a written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would not be rated eligible for biomedical engineering positions.

Written Test:

Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners of a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either [a] a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, OR, [b] a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within, or closely related to, the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements.

Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

Specified academic courses:

Successful completion of at least 60 semesterhours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described above.

Related curriculum

. Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily, there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

Grade Determinations


In addition to the basic requirements, one year of experience equivalent to the GS-05 level is required. Employees at this level are in career development positions with the close supervision of higher-level biomedical engineers. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Ability to prepare written and graphic presentations for other technical staff including technicians and other junior engineers.

Knowledge of relevant codes, regulations, guidelines, and standards.

Ability to learn organizational concepts to meet operational needs.

Ability to learn new technology and identify changes and trends for presentation to other technical staff.


In addition to the basic requirements, one year of experience equivalent to the GS-07 level is required. Employees at this level complete technical assignments in the engineering field as assigned by senior engineers, and will be required to rotate through, and participate in, the operations of other administrative hospital services. At the GS-9 level, employees will function at a more independent level with oversight by a supervisor for more complex assignments.


, you may substitute education for experience. Education equivalent to 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree in a field of engineering , e.g., biomedical engineering, general engineering, mechanical engineering, etc., provided the applicant's total background demonstrates the core competencies for GS-9 level assignment.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts, and practices of the biomedical engineering profession.

Knowledge of relevant codes, regulations, guidelines, and standards, and the ability to make recommendations to assure compliance with medical center programs.

Knowledge of organizational concepts and an understanding of the operational needs of other administrative hospital services.

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.


In addition to the basic requirements, one year of experience equivalent to the GS-09 level is required. At this level, employees will function on an independent basis at the full performance level; will participate in medical device hazard investigations to assure compliance with patient safety goals, the Safe Medical Devices Act (SMDA), and JCAHO requirements; and will assist in the development of an equipment management program at the medical center. At this level, employees may assist in clinical research projects in the biomedical engineering field.


OR, Education.

Three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in biomedical engineering or a related engineering field, provided the applicant's total background demonstrates evidence of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Knowledge of an equipment management program that meets current Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements.

Ability to develop material for a continuing education program for clinical staff that addresses the principles and application of medical instrumentation used in the delivery of healthcare.

Ability to advise clinical and administrative staff on emerging medical engineering technology, while keeping abreast of changes in such technology, and utilizing the information to solve biomedical engineering problems.


VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G38. Biomedical Engineer

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

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-07 to GS-11.

Physical Requirements:

Work assignments involve sitting, standing, walking, lifting,, climbing, bending and working in cramped and awkward positions. Incumbent might handle objects weighing up to 40 pounds and occasionally objects weighing in excess of 40 pounds.

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

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

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.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


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.


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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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Required Documents


Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

VA 10-2850c


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:;=&Action;=Search. (Required at time of application)

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).

Cover Letter



VA 10-2850c

Other Veterans Document





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

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.




A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply


How to Apply

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 05/30/2018 to receive consideration.

To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.


It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information

Stephanie Smith


(402) 995-4947



VA Nebraska-Western Iowa HCS - Omaha

4101 Woolworth Avenue

Omaha, NE


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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.

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Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

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:

05/16/2018 to 05/30/2018


$41,365 to $79,586 per year

Pay scale & grade:

GS 7 - 11

Work schedule:


Appointment type:


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