Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nuclear Medicine Technologist in Temple, Texas

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The VA needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. 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 VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are* Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").*

The Department of Veterans Affairs - Central Texas Health Care System is located in Temple, Texas, which is centrally located between Austin and Dallas. It is one of the VA's largest integrated health care systems with facilities in Austin, Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, Bryan-College Station and Waco. TEXAS HAS NO STATE INCOME TAX.

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If you are applying as a current permanent VA and/or Federal employee, you should apply under vacancy announcement 10187208. If you are not an permanent Federal employee you should apply under this vacancy announcement 10187291.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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The Nuclear Medicine Technologist is assigned to work in Imaging Service to provide exceptional care and guidance to veterans and related customers for the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) located in Temple, TX. The incumbent is a professional Nuclear Medicine Technologist who performs independently a wide variety of examinations to include SPEC/CT, using radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals, special imaging and scintillation counting instrumentation and dedicated minicomputers and microprocessors. Other duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Performs technical work in all sections of the Nuclear Medicine Section (nuclear cardiac, general, and therapies).

  • Performs image studies on organs and organ systems.

  • Performs special studies to evaluate and standardize new or improved methods, procedures, equipment and methods of data presentation and data analysis.

  • Possess excellent venipuncture techniques using a variety of equipment, such as butterfly setups, syringes with needles and IV catheters.

  • Performs and processes routine and non-routine special protocols for SPECT/CT studies; including image merge/fusion.

  • Analyzes and practices radiation safety methods.

  • Must very the constant accuracy and linearity of survey meters and dose calibrators.

  • Able to calculate the correct dose of the radiopharmaceutical to be administered and correctly withdraw dose.

  • Must provide appropriate patient care while the patient is in their charge.

  • Able to set reasonable priorities.

  • Work with a very minimum of supervision.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


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0601 General Health Science

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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: 1. Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) 2. Certification. All applicants must be certified in nuclear medicine technology by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) or American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT). NMTCB or ARRT (N) certification eligibility requirements are normally satisfied by one of the following: graduation from an educational program in nuclear medicine technology accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation; or national certification as a registered medical technologist or registered radiologic technologist; or a bachelor's or associate's degree in one of the physical or biological sciences, and 4 years of clinical NMT experience. 3. Physical Requirements: Must meet physical requirements mandated by VA Directive and Handbook 5019. 4. English Language Proficiency: Nuclear medicine technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

Preferred Experience: Possess a working knowledge and experience in use of radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals, special imaging and scintillation counting instrumentation and dedicated minicomputers and microprocessors. Possess a professional knowledge of nuclear medicine technology and those aspects of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and the biomedical sciences that relate to nuclear medicine. Possess excellent venipuncture techniques using a variety of equipment. Work with a very minimum of supervision and set reasonable priorities.

Grade Determinations: GS-11

Experience. Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the potential to acquire the following KSAs:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

  1. Ability to analyze consequences of improper packaging of radioactive material and take appropriate actions.
  2. Ability to determine personnel needing personal monitoring devices, analyze personal monitoring results, and recommend corrective action, if needed.
  3. Ability to analyze instances of increased radiation exposure levels and recommend measures to reduce.
  4. Ability to calculate exposure rates.
  5. Ability to properly document excessive radiation exposure.
  6. Ability to develop new protocols for imaging procedures.
  7. Skill in motivating and/or mentoring staff, if supervisory position.
  8. Ability to develop continuing education standards, if supervisory position.
  9. Skill in responding to any decrease in staffing or increase in workload involving all parties to restructure work assignments, if encumbering a supervisory position.

Assignments. NMTs at this level may be senior-level practitioners in assigned areas, may be in lead positions, or may be encumbering a position that is supervisory in nature. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

Specialized Experience. You must have one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade, GS-9. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: documenting excessive radiation exposure in the working environment; knowledge of medical events requiring documentation and the ability to properly document them and make recommendations to the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO); communicating orally and in writing post-therapy radiation safety precautions; troubleshoot gamma camera and auxiliary equipment problems; analyze computer generated data for technical quality and artifacts and initiate corrective measures.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G19 Dated March 17, 2006

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is the GS-11.

Physical Requirements: In the course of rendering appropriate patient care and obtaining results of functional studies and imaging procedures, the incumbent will be required to assist the patient in assuming the proper position which may call for the technologist to stoop and bend in order to lift and position the patient into an appropriate attitude for obtaining the required data. Performance of the major portion of the in vitro and functional testing will require that the technologist spend a great deal of time on his feet. When assigned to the mobile scintillation camera there will be the necessity for moving this piece of heavy equipment to various rooms about the institution in order to obtain studies at a location more convenient to the patient's condition. The requirement that the technologist handle radiopharmaceuticals carries with it the implied requirement that the material be continuously shielded within heavy barriers, which imposes an additional physical task upon the incumbent. During periods of absence by the radiopharmacist, the technologist will be called upon to receive and handle shipments of radiopharmaceuticals, which will arrive with large amounts of heavy shielding about them, requiring significant physical effort to receive and store these in a proper manner.


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

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.

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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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.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.

NOTE: 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

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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Required Documents

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

  • VA Form 10-2850c
  • Resume

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:;=&Action;=Search.

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
  • DD-214
  • VA Form 10-2850c
  • VA Disability Letter
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

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.

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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 04/30/2018 to receive consideration.

  1. 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.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: 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
Martha Hinojosa

(254) 743-0311



VA Central Texas Health Care System 1901 Veterans Memorial Drive Temple, TX US

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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: 04/16/2018 to 04/30/2018

Salary: $61,218 to $79,586 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 11

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent