Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound) in Memphis, Tennessee

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Memphis, TN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (15 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1817284

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 is much more than just another employer.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.

The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VAMC in Memphis, TN consists of one main campus located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, which includes a 60-bed Spinal Cord Injury Unit, and nine community based outpatient clinics (CBOC). It is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility and one of the most complex medical centers in the VA system. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as extensive education and research programs. Comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary health care is provided in areas of medicine, general cardiovascular and neurological surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics. Specialized outpatient services are provided through general, specialty, and subspecialty outpatient clinics including a women's health center. Services are available to more than 206,000 Veterans living in a 53-county tri-state area (Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi).

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.

Current VA & Federal Employees must apply to announcement #1817963.


This position is located in the Radiology Service at the Memphis VA Medical Center. Performs studies of the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, abdominal aorta, using real time techniques to evaluate the structures for size, abnormal contour, cysts and various pathologic disorders. Must independently perform abdominal, visceral and peripheral ultrasound scans, peripheral and deep; scrotal and thyroid ultrasound scans using continuous wave doppler imaging, and blood flow analysis. It is essential that these scans be of the highest diagnostic quality for the anatomical part or blood vessel being imaged, for the use and interpretation by the radiology medical staff. These scans are produced with the knowledge and ability to use the symmetrical phased array, linear array and convex linear array technology transducers. Performs studies of the kidneys, adrenal glands, nodes and urinary bladder using real time Gray scale techniques to perform examinations for detection of renal cysts and tumors, adrenal masses, lymph node enlargement, retro peritoneal hematomas, abscesses and abnormalities of the urinary bladder. Performs transrectal, transvaginal and breast scans to evaluate structures for abnormal contour, cysts and various pathological disorders. Assists with biopsies and other invasive procedures as required by the radiologist. Independently performs diagnostic ultrasound examinations and is responsible for following established standard ultrasound examination routines. Confers with radiology medical staff to establish nonstandard examinations to determine technical factors, positioning level of ultrasonic images, etc. to satisfy requirements in non-standard examinations. In consultation with the Radiologist determines appropriateness of ultrasound requests and if other modality, such as CT, might yield better diagnostic results.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (11:00am - 7:30pm). May be required to work some Saturdays.

Functional Statement Title/#: Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound) / 000000

Position Location: Radiology Service at the Memphis VA Medical Center

Relocation/Recruitment Incentive: Incentive may be authorized for highly qualified applicants.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized for this position. The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to
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.
  • US Citizenship
  • Certification/Registration (if applicable)

Basic Requirements:

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

Education.There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. To be creditable education must have been gained in an accredited Community College, College, or University.

Licensure or Certification.Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable. Training which does not result in official certification does not meet this definition.

English Language Proficiency.Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English.

*Preferred Experience: *Registered with ARDMS highly preferred. Prefer specialized experience with hepatic and renal Doppler including transplants and evaluation for renal artery stenosis

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: In addition to meeting the basic qualifications for the position applicants must also meet the following: Diagnostic Ultrasound Techniciansoperate diagnostic ultrasonic scanning equipment to produce cross sectional and two dimensional pictures of internal organs and body structures used to diagnose diseases and other medical conditions. Registration is offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).

(a) Experience.At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. This would be experience which provided the overall knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct diagnostic ultrasound examinations in complex and unusual cases. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Ability to perform diagnostic ultrasound examination on multiple areas of the body, including, but not limited to, the abdomen, pelvis, transvaginal, chest, small parts, thyroid, breast, and scrotum.

  2. Ability to perform vascular studies such as vertebral, renal artery, aortic aneurysm, portal-systemic shunts, etc.

  3. Ability to assist radiologists with biopsy procedures determining the location, depth, and required needle angle for the lesion to be sampled.

  4. Ability to assist in surgical procedures and fluid aspirations.

(c) Certification.Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are desirable.

References: Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound) Qualification Standard in VA Handbook 5005/54 Part II Appendix G27 Dated June 7, 2012. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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: *

To perform in a fully successful manner, the individual must have the physical ability to perform job-related duties which require lifting, standing, bending, transferring, stooping, stretching, walking, pushing, or pulling without assistance from another patient care provider or significant other. A health examination must be successfully complete prior to this assignment and periodically thereafter as required by the Employee Health Clinic policy. There will be intermittent exposure to blood and body fluids.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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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 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.

EOE (Equal Opportunity Employer)All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

This position is a Bargaining Unit position.

Salary Range: $45,231.00 to $56,859.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0649-08/08

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452462300

Job Announcement Number: RZ-17-YMT-1817284-HT38-BU