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Job Title: Therapeutic Medical Physicist (Advanced Level)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Cleveland, OH
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical, Computers, Software, Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Military, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical
Job Description
Therapeutic Medical Physicist (Advanced Level)
  • Supporting adequate protocols to ensure compliance with ACR-ASTRO practice parameters and the ACR Technical Standard for the Performance of Radiation Oncology Physics for External Beam Therapy.
  • Implementing quality assurance programs in which patient treatment records are reviewed by a qualified medical physicist in keeping with the ACR Technical Standard for the Performance of Radiation Oncology Physics for External Beam Therapy.
  • Providing professional, scientific, and clinical practice of therapeutic medical physics for external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy treatment procedures from treatment simulation to treatment planning to the actual treatment delivery.
  • Optimizing technical infrastructure and workflow for streamlined operations through the mastery and application of techniques such as Process Mapping, Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA), Root Cause Analysis (RCA), and Fault Tree Analysis (FTA).
  • Performing patient specific treatment validation measurements including the delivery and quality assessment of advanced treatment modalities such as intensity modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy and brachytherapy.
  • Providing consultative services to the National Radiation Oncology Program (NROP), the National Health Physics Program (NHPP), other VHA program offices and other federal agencies.
  • Using Pinnacle/Mosaic and Varian Aria/Eclipse treatment planning systems, Varian Linear accelerator delivery system, and medical physics QA equipment and software.
  • Performing quality assurance for the Linear accelerator (Linac) including maintaining the calibration of devices such as ion chambers and electrometer, measuring beam parameters via ion chambers in solid water or a scanning water tank, film and TLDs.
  • Supervising patient contours and/or imaging studies, determining the dose at different points within the treatment volume, selection of beams together with their angles, weights, collimation and filtering, and generation of isodose curves.
  • Preparing radiation therapy treatment devices such as custom field blocks, tissue compensators and build-up boluses and the planning and production of molds, casts, and other immobilization devices.
  • Commissioning and acceptance testing for all radiation oncology treatment and related equipment including linear accelerators, CT simulators, Computer Treatment Planning systems (data collection and beam modeling), stereotactic equipment, HDR, etc.
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.
  • Education: Must have a 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 coursework substantiated by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
  • Board Certification: Must be board certified in the field of therapeutic medical physics by an approved certifying body.
    • The board 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.

Specialized Experience:

Must have 1 year of experience at the GS-13 level or equivalent as a board certified Therapeutic Medical Physicist performing clinical practice of therapeutic medical physics in its entirety with considerable discretion and independent judgment.

Examples of GS-13 or equivalent experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities are:
  • 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.
  • Implementing radiation therapy of outstanding technical difficulty and responsibility, providing knowledge-based solutions to resolving issues where no rule-based solutions exist.
  • Planning and directing 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.
  • Overseeing radiation therapy treatment planning; designing and approving treatment plans; monitoring the accuracy of treatment data recorded in the patient's medical records; providing consultation to the radiation oncologist regarding difficult treatment cases; performing patient-specific treatment validation measurements; and developing 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.
  • Applying scientific, clinical, and technical applications of high dose rate and low dose rate brachytherapy treatment simulation, planning, dosimetry, and treatment methods.
  • Utilizing professional, scientific, and technical aspects of shielding methods for external beam radiation delivery systems, radiation survey methods, developing procedures, setting action levels, delivering radiation safety training, developing and documenting competencies, and reporting. This includes an in-depth knowledge of regulatory requirements and guidelines for radiation shielding and personnel protection.
  • Exercising independent professional judgment in the performance and evaluation of calibration, acceptance testing, and clinical commissioning procedures for all types of external beam photon and electron beam delivery systems. Skilled in the evaluation of acceptance testing and commissioning results of CT simulators.
  • Using 3-D treatment planning, intensity modulated radiation therapy treatment planning, and stereotactic body radiation therapy planning. This includes specialized knowledge of clinical process steps and resource requirements for planning and delivery of radiation oncology treatments.
  • Processing information from multi-modality imaging datasets for treatment planning, treatment verification, and radiotherapy response assessment.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
  • Advanced expertise and experience in the safe and efficient use of all radiotherapy devices for external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy.
  • Highly developed expertise with commissioning linear accelerators and treatment planning systems for complex clinical use, to include project management, performance testing, data acquisition, beam modeling, and validation testing.
  • Advanced knowledge (treatment simulation, planning, dosimetry, and treatment methods) of the scientific, clinical, and technical applications of one or more specialized procedures including, but not limited to, high dose rate brachytherapy, low dose rate brachytherapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, stereotactic radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, volumetric modulated arc therapy, total body irradiation, advanced image-guided therapy, and adaptive therapy.
  • Advanced expertise in acceptance testing, clinical commissioning, and (when applicable) calibration procedures for a variety of ancillary radiation oncology delivery, imaging, dosimetry, metrology, and computational systems.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/83, Part II, Appendix G48

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14.

Physical Requirements: May required to be able to lift up to 50 pounds. Stamina and concentration to meet critical deadlines is required. Keen hearing and distinct speech are essential due to the extensive need for communication. There may be a certain amount of mental strain due to time constraints and frequent reviews and reports.

None

  • Resume (when listing previous employment please include month and year).
  • Your most recent SF-50 that shows title, series, and grade.
    • If you have previously held a higher grade and are applying based on that grade, you must provide a copy of the SF-50 showing you held the higher grade in addition to your last or most recent SF-50 indicating proof of status.
    • Note: Your SF-50 must reflect the grade and step information equivalent to or greater than the grade lower than the position you are applying to.
      • This may not always be your most recent SF-50.
      • You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
  • If prior military service, include all copies of your DD-214 or proof of service as well as proof of disability, if applicable.
    • You must submit your documentation showing character of discharge.
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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
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.
  • Education: Must have a 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 coursework substantiated by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
  • Board Certification: Must be board certified in the field of therapeutic medical physics by an approved certifying body.
    • The board 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.

Specialized Experience:

Must have 1 year of experience at the GS-13 level or equivalent as a board certified Therapeutic Medical Physicist performing clinical practice of therapeutic medical physics in its entirety with considerable discretion and independent judgment.

Examples of GS-13 or equivalent experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities are:
  • 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.
  • Implementing radiation therapy of outstanding technical difficulty and responsibility, providing knowledge-based solutions to resolving issues where no rule-based solutions exist.
  • Planning and directing 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.
  • Overseeing radiation therapy treatment planning; designing and approving treatment plans; monitoring the accuracy of treatment data recorded in the patient's medical records; providing consultation to the radiation oncologist regarding difficult treatment cases; performing patient-specific treatment validation measurements; and developing 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.
  • Applying scientific, clinical, and technical applications of high dose rate and low dose rate brachytherapy treatment simulation, planning, dosimetry, and treatment methods.
  • Utilizing professional, scientific, and technical aspects of shielding methods for external beam radiation delivery systems, radiation survey methods, developing procedures, setting action levels, delivering radiation safety training, developing and documenting competencies, and reporting. This includes an in-depth knowledge of regulatory requirements and guidelines for radiation shielding and personnel protection.
  • Exercising independent professional judgment in the performance and evaluation of calibration, acceptance testing, and clinical commissioning procedures for all types of external beam photon and electron beam delivery systems. Skilled in the evaluation of acceptance testing and commissioning results of CT simulators.
  • Using 3-D treatment planning, intensity modulated radiation therapy treatment planning, and stereotactic body radiation therapy planning. This includes specialized knowledge of clinical process steps and resource requirements for planning and delivery of radiation oncology treatments.
  • Processing information from multi-modality imaging datasets for treatment planning, treatment verification, and radiotherapy response assessment.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
  • Advanced expertise and experience in the safe and efficient use of all radiotherapy devices for external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy.
  • Highly developed expertise with commissioning linear accelerators and treatment planning systems for complex clinical use, to include project management, performance testing, data acquisition, beam modeling, and validation testing.
  • Advanced knowledge (treatment simulation, planning, dosimetry, and treatment methods) of the scientific, clinical, and technical applications of one or more specialized procedures including, but not limited to, high dose rate brachytherapy, low dose rate brachytherapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, stereotactic radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, volumetric modulated arc therapy, total body irradiation, advanced image-guided therapy, and adaptive therapy.
  • Advanced expertise in acceptance testing, clinical commissioning, and (when applicable) calibration procedures for a variety of ancillary radiation oncology delivery, imaging, dosimetry, metrology, and computational systems.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/83, Part II, Appendix G48

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14.

Physical Requirements: May required to be able to lift up to 50 pounds. Stamina and concentration to meet critical deadlines is required. Keen hearing and distinct speech are essential due to the extensive need for communication. There may be a certain amount of mental strain due to time constraints and frequent reviews and reports.
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