Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Chief of Nephrology in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Minneapolis, MN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (15 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/30/2016 (39 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): T1774241

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?

Minneapolis VA Health Care System (VAHCS) is a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology, as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care.


The Veterans Affairs Health Care System (MVAHCS) in Minneapolis, Minnesota seeks a full time BE/BC Nephrologist to serve as the Section Chief in Nephrology. Candidates with VA merit awards and/or NIH grants along with track record of impressive academic commitment and recognition at mid-career level, including basic or clinical scientist physician nephrologists, are strongly encouraged to examine this opportunity. The Minneapolis VAHCS is a busy tertiary care medical center which provides service to veterans with complex renal diseases. The successful candidate should demonstrate a strong commitment to quality patient care, to fellow and resident education, and to faculty development. He/she will have training and/or a track record in academic pursuits and should be dedicated to continued scholarship. Responsibilities will include supervising 3 other full time nephrologists and 3 renal nurse practitioners. Additionally, the incumbent will provide patient care (outpatient and inpatient) for chronic and end-stage kidney disease, fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base disorders, as well as trainee supervision and education, and production of scholarly materials. As an academic nephrologist, the incumbent will be an active participant of the teaching program, will lead clinical activities within the nephrology service, and will be responsible for fostering the academic careers of faculty members and trainees. The Minneapolis VAHCS is affiliated with the University of Minnesota and the applicant should be eligible for faculty appointment at the Associate Professor or Professor level at the University of Minnesota, Department of Medicine.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • 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.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Basic Requirements:

  • Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs policy.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
  • Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
  • Completion of a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.

Preferred Experience:

  • Board Certification or Board Eligibility in Nephrology

  • Advanced training/experience in clinical research

  • Eligible for a faculty appointment at the Associate Professor or Professor level at the University of MN, Department of Medicine

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.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. 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: Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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. The VHA physician brochure provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice.

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

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.

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.

Salary Range: $0.00 to $250,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452875500

Job Announcement Number: VU-17-BSi-1774241