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Supervisory Biomedical Engineer (Clinical)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Memphis
Posted on: June 13, 2021

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The Supervisory Biomedical Engineer reports to the Engineering Service Line under the direct supervision of the Chief Engineer. The incumbent is responsible for the management and administration of the Biomedical Section and all matters relating to medical equipment including maintenance, performance, planning, and safety.

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The Supervisory Biomedical Engineer manages the biomedical engineering section in a tertiary care 1A healthcare facility with medical, surgical, neurology, rehabilitative, psychiatric, spinal cord injury, beds, and outpatient services and a $65 million inventory of medical equipment and technology.

  • Manages engineering program and supervision of a staff biomedical engineer (BME) and 10 biomedical equipment support specialists (BESS); develops performance standards and performance evaluations; recommendations for appointment, awards, advancements, and when appropriate, disciplinary actions; and identification of continuing training needs.
  • Responsible for financial management of budget resources allocated to support quality assurance and maintenance activities necessary to assure the facility medical equipment inventory is available for patient care activities; developing, implementing, and monitoring a complex biomedical engineering program; managing, coordinating, and supervising the Biomedical Section of Engineering Service; providing recommendations to the Chief, Engineering Service, concerning projected Biomedical Section resource requirements of personnel, facilities, budget, training, equipment, etc., utilizing knowledge of finances, section goals and service and medical center objectives; managing the Biomedical Section resources to provide cost effective and responsive services to the medical center in the maintenance, repair, safety, etc., of biomedical devices and systems; employing innovation and technical expertise to develop techniques, protocols and policies, which are often unprecedented, for insuring that biomedical equipment is maintained and used properly and effectively.
  • Continually monitors, evaluate and implements changes to the biomedical program activities, insuring compliance with all VHA, TJC, NFPA, OSHA, CAP GEMS, etc., policies and standards.
  • Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be paid in accordance with federal regulations and in consideration of budget availability for a highly qualified candidate; determination upon selection and the selectee must sign a service agreement.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0858 Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

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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
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be paid in accordance with federal regulations and in consideration of budget availability for a highly qualified candidate; determination upon selection and the selectee must sign a service agreement.


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 and/or Experience: Bachelor's Degree or Higher in Engineering. To be creditable, the curriculum must be from a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), as a professional engineering curriculum. Examples of acceptable engineering degrees include: Biomedical Engineering, Clinical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Biochemical Engineering. Titles may vary from educational institutions and change over time. ~OR~ Certification as a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) and a bachelor's degree not listed in above.
  • Physical Requirements. Work demands of the position include walking, bending, and climbing in order to inspect medical equipment installations. These are occasional requirements to lift instrumentation weighing between 20 and 40 pounds. Sixty percent of the incumbent's work is performed in an office setting and forty percent in construction areas, patient wards, and patient diagnostic testing and treatment areas.
  • English Language Proficiency. Biomedical engineers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.
  • Transcripts must be submitted with application - degree must be reflected as conferred and/or coursework/grades reflected on transcripts.*

Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE). Certification means having successfully passed a CCE written and oral examination administered by the American College of Clinical Engineering. Individuals with CCE certification demonstrate competency and professional recognition, as measured by an examination designed by their peers. Certification promotes healthcare delivery improvement through the continuing assessment and recognition of the competency of professionals. These professionals support and advance patient care by applying engineering and management skills to healthcare technology. If appointed with a CCE requirement, the employee must maintain certification throughout employment. The American College of Clinical Engineering determines acceptable educational preparation and degree requirements for CCE eligibility.

May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

Experience: Completion of at least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.

Grade Determinations: GS-14

References: VA Handbook 5005/104, Part II Appendix G38, dated March 25, 2019

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the biomedical engineer (clinical) must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to manage overall department resources, i.e., finance, space, equipment, supplies, and staffing at a highly complex medical center or at the VISN level; Ability to develop local or VISN policies and/or draft directives related to healthcare technology management; Skill in balancing multiple responsibilities, setting priorities, delegating tasks and projects, meeting multiple deadlines, analyzing organizational problems, and developing and implementing effective solutions; Ability to analyze complex organizational and operational problems to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient operations, and use data effectively to manage workload, quality, performance, and productivity within the area of responsibility; Skill in interpersonal relationships leading and dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers, within and outside the biomedical engineering program, to include conflict management, dispute resolution, mediation, or reasonable accommodations.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14

Physical Requirements: Requires some heavy lifting and carrying of 45 pounds and over; walking, standing, kneeling, repeated bending, and some climbing. Also requires suitable near and far vision, depth perception, and ability to distinguish colors. Requires ability to hear (hearing aids permitted.)


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:

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Memphis , Supervisory Biomedical Engineer (Clinical), Other , Memphis, Tennessee

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