Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Therapeutic Medical Physicist in Decatur, Georgia

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Decatur, GA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 4/25/2016 (180 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (70 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1688374

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?

The VA Atlanta Oncology Department is accredited by ACR and follow the standards and guidelines set forth by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The physicist care covers the range of Radiation Oncology services as would be provided in a state-of-the-art private medical facility and the standard of care is of a quality meeting or exceeding recognized national standards as established by the American College of Radiology Guidelines for Radiation Oncology.

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.


The Therapeutic Medical Physicist (TMP) provides professional, scientific, and clinical practice of therapeutic medical physics for external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy treatment procedures from treatment simulation to treatment planning to actual treatment delivery;

oversees the technical and programmatic development and implementation of new radiotherapy techniques and modalities; supervises the activities of other TMS's and dosemitrists assigned to the unit,

and directs all technical aspects of treatment procedures; provides and ensures timely efficient coordination and troubleshooting, including mechanical,technical and any corrective measures required to ensure continuous safe efficient operation of the Radiation Oncology clinic;

is responsible for data management of the National Radiation and Oncology Program (NROP) policies and reporting utilizing and web-based Radiotherapy Incident Reporting and Analysis System (RIRAS); directs the radiation therapy treatment planning team through supervision of the following activities: design and approval of treatment plans, monitors the accuracy of the treatment data recorded in the patient's medical records, provides consultation to the radiation oncologist regarding difficult treatment cases, performs patient specific treatment

validation measurements, develops medical physics policies and procedures for the delivery and quality assessment of advanced treatment modalities, such as intensity modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic procedures including, but not limited to, high dose rate brachytherapy,

low dose brachytherapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, volumetric modulated arc therapy, total body irradiation, advanced image-guided therapy,

3-D treatment planning and adaptive therapy; is responsible for evaluating treatment and documenting treatment delivery and deviations with the radiation oncology leadership team;

provides consultative services to the Radiation Safety Officer; the physicist will be responsible for the Technical Quality Assurance Program,

which include quality control (QC) testing and commissioning of selected imaging equipment. This includes testing equipment after installation, but before clinical use and thereafter annually; testing equipment after each repair or modification that may effect patient dosage or image quality; etc.

Work Schedule:Monday through Friday; 8:00am - 4:30pm

Functional Statement Title/#:VA Handbook 5005/83, Part II, Appendix G48, dated 7/8/2015, which is available in the HR office.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Education. 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 course work substantiated by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
  • Board Certification. Board certification in the field of therapeutic medical physics by an approved certifying body. The certificate must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirements for continuing education.

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

  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:

Expert knowledge and ability in complex treatment delivery in the following special procedures:

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT),

Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT),

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT),

Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and


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**.

Grade Determinations:**

For the GS-14 (advanced level); in addition to the basic requirements above, the candidate must have 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service.

Progressively complex experience* includes, but is not limited to: *recommending an optimal modality and treatment technique for the patient; evaluating the quality, safety, and accuracy of radiation treatments planned and delivered to patients, thus ensuring that radiation dose is carried out correctly and completely; and safely operating all radiation planning and delivery devices.

The TMP implements radiation therapy of outstanding technical difficulty and responsibility, providing knowledge-based solutions to resolving issues where no rule-based solutions exist.

The employee plans and directs a specialized program encompassing all physics and clinical aspects of external beam and brachytherapy treatment procedures from treatment simulation to treatment planning to the actual treatment delivery.

The TMP provides technical oversight for the work of entry level TMPs, medical dosimetrists and radiation therapists.

The incumbent oversees radiation therapy treatment planning; designs and approves treatment plans; monitors the accuracy of treatment data recorded in the patient's medical records; provides consultation to the radiation oncologist regarding difficult treatment cases; performs patient-specific treatment validation measurements; and develops medical physics policies and procedures for the delivery and quality assessment of advanced treatment modalities such as intensity modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, and brachytherapy.

The TMP develops, operates and fully documents the medical physics quality assurance program and ensures regulatory compliance within the Radiation Safety Officer's radiation safety program.

The employee safely utilizes and properly operates all radiation oncology equipment, and is therefore qualified and responsible for educating radiation oncology team members including radiation oncologists, radiation therapists and dosimetrists in safety issues that relate to radiotherapy planning and delivery.

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:Moderate lifting; heavy carrying; reaching above shoulders use of fingers, both hands required; walking (4+ hours); standing (up to 8 hours); repeated bending (2+ hours); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision corrected at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; both eye required; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of color; mental and emotional stability. Environmental factors include dust; fumes, smoke or gases; radiant energy; working closely with others.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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

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 employees 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.

Other Information

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 position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $104,349.00 to $135,656.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0601-00/00

Promotion Potential: 14

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 436943500

Job Announcement Number: JV-16-TMH-1688374