Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MR) in Dallas, Texas

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

Opened Friday 9/30/2016 (19 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1816014

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.

VA North Texas Health Care System is the second busiest VA system in the nation and we are growing! Comprised of the Dallas VA Medical Center, Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham, Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic and Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic, VANTHCS is an integrated health care system with approximately 4,600 employees and over 1,600 volunteers and clinical trainees. VANTHCS also coordinates a Community Based Outpatient Clinic program throughout its 40-county primary service area to improve access to care for veterans throughout 38 North Texas and 2 in southern Oklahoma. Through these four distinctive facilities and relationships with other agencies, VANTHCS provides a continuum of health care services to a veteran population of approximately 110,000.

Housed on an 84-acre campus, Dallas VA Medical Center is the corporate headquarters for VANTHCS and serves as the tertiary referral center. Through its partnership with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UT Southwestern), it also has emerged as a major teaching and medical research center. Primary care and multi-specialty outpatient clinics are also provided, making VANTHCS the 2nd largest health care system based on number of patients seen.

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.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate. Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


The primary purpose of this position is to:

  • Operate diagnostic MRI scanning equipment to produce cross sectional and two/three dimensional pictures of internal organs and body structures used to diagnose diseses and other medical conditions.
  • Operates the super conductive Magnetic Resonance Imager, a highly complex computerized imaging device which employs the use of strong magnetic fields and radio waves to acquire images.
  • Perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS).
  • Performance of clinical diagnistoc MRI examinations.
  • Performance of spectroscopic scope and imaging research.
  • Training of MRI/MRS principles and procedures to staff and visiting technologists.
  • Function as an expert regarding the software and hardware capabilities in performance of the instrument.
  • Recommends improvement in the protocol to the radiologist.
  • Interviews patients to deterimine contraindication for MRI or MRS.
  • Works with Radiologists to determine disposition of patients.

*Work Schedule: *Tuesday through Saturday, 3:30 p.m. - 12:00 midnight., On-Call.

** (Flexibility is required as incumbents may need to work beyond these tours of duty for patient care.)

* *Functional Statement Title/#: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist - Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR)

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
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.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the following requirements:

a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b. Certification: *All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R). *Advanced ARRT certification is required for Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Advanced certification indicates that the technologist has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination.

c. Experience or Education. Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate’s degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiology.

d. Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer Radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR part 75, which requires that persons who administer Radiologic procedures must: (1) have successfully completed an educational program which meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and (2) be certified as radiographers in their field.

Preferred Experience:* Have at least two to five years experience in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

GS-09 Grade Requirements:

Completion of 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-08) in the federal service* or* 3 years experience in the private sector directly related to the position of General Radiologic Technology and must fully meet the competencies described at that level. Employees at this level are fully functional as a DRT and have significant scope, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

Advanced DRT. Employees at this level are fully functional as an advance DRT and are able to carry out their assigned tasks independently. DRT's at this level may have varying assignment including special and complex radiographic procedures. The work must be of sufficient scope and complexity to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform at this level. The candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSA's and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):


Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

(1) Ability to balance the needs of the patient and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures.

(2) Skill to demonstrate appropriate techniques to gather relevant information from the medical record, significant to others and health care providers.

(3) Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure.

(4) Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography.

(5) Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous skills,a and universal precautions.

(6) Knowledge in pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR). This specialty modality requires additional knowledge of super conducting magnets, the physics of superconducting magnets, and how they relate to the human anatomy in medical imaging. The technologist must be educated in the safety factors governing a magnetic environment that patients, visitors, and equipment enter into. The practitioner must have specific specialized knowledge of cross sectional anatomy and how it relates to the soft tissues and vessels of the human body. The technologist must also have specialized knowledge in the radio-frequency surface coils required for each specific anatomical area to be imaged. The technologist requires knowledge of image acquisition in Computerized Radiography (CR) and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). This subspecialty requires advanced ARRT certification.


References:VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G25, DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2006,

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: The work is primarily sedentary. This position requires lifting (10-25 lbs.) occasionally. Escorting patients to and from waiting areas to imaging areas. Reaching above shoulder; Frequent keyboarding (4-7 hours per day); Sitting (4-7 hours per day); Walking (up to 3 hours per day); Standing (up to 4 hours per day); Infrequent climbing/descending of stairs; Some bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordinatino simultaneously; Correctable near sighted and far sighted vision; Hearing (Aid permitted).

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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Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $51,833.00 to $67,378.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0647-09/09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452229900

Job Announcement Number: AH-16-LHe-1816014-BU