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    Job Title:Medical Instrument Technician (Polysomnography-Sleep Technician)

    Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

    Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

    Job Announcement Number:VHA-14-688-7465-1253634
    $47,212.00 to $61,377.00 / Per Year
    Thursday, November 6, 2014 to Wednesday, November 12, 2014
    Full Time – Permanent
    1 vacancy in the following location:
    Washington DC, DC View Map
    This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
    Public Trust – Background Investigation

    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.

    The incumbent performs as a Medical Instrument Technician (Polysomnography) maintaining state of the art quality in the principles, practices and procedures associated with Sleep Disorders Medicine.


    Not Required




    U. S. Citizenship
    Must pass pre-employment examination
    English Language Proficiency required
    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

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    The incumbents will perform as a Medical Instrument Technicians (Polysomnography-Sleep Technician) in the Sleep Lab at the Washington DC VA Medical Center’s Neurology Service.

    Maintaining state of the art quality in the principles, practices and procedures associated with Sleep Disorders Medicine. Plans and executs coordinated programs, providing information on sleep disorders, predisposing factors and treatment of sleep disorders to veteran’s, family members, physicians, and hospital staff.

    Operate the electroencephalograph and other devices to record the electrical activity of the brain during sleep.

    Conduct full sleep studies including overnight studies and evaluate the relationship of events, sleep stages, and possible medical conditions which influence or result from events occurring during sleep.

    Make changes in established procedures, or recommend alternative courses of action.

    Interpret doctor’s orders prior to setting up equipment and determine if equipment will allow the specified pressure ranges ordered. Performs work involving the collection, compilation, research, and tracking of data and statistical information in support of the sleep department.

    Test and trouble shoot operator or equipment set-up problems with regards to PAP equipment issued to patient and determine whether equipment needs replacement.

    Displays proficiency and performs at a level of excellence in all sleep diagnostic procedures and other related procedures in accordance to the guidelines established by the American Sleep Disorders Association.

    Reliable and able to work independently and be self-motivated and assist in the education of students, residents and fellows.

    Work Schedule: Night time sleep tech four 10 hour shifts (8:30PM to 6:30AM) per week specific days to be determined.

    Functional Statement Title/#: Medical Instrument Technician-Polysomnography, GS-0649-08

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    U.S. citizenship.
    Proficient in English language.

    LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION. Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. For certain functional areas at the higher levels or supervisory assignments, specific certifications appropriate to the specialty are indicated in this standard under "Titles and Certification/Registrations".

    For all specialties identified in this standard, Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable. Training which does not result in official certification does not meet this definition.

    For the GS-8: EXPERIENCE. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-7) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. This would be experience which provided a knowledge of the more complex procedures as well as knowledge of the uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders.


    Advance knowledge or the International Classification of Sleep Disorders and the ability to recognize uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders.
    Ability to summarize and report polysomnographic data in narrative form.
    Knowledge of event characteristics (e.g., respiratory, cardiac, sleep stage, seizures, etc.) and ability to take appropriate action.
    Ability to provide briefings and orientation to hospital staff including physicians.

    References: Please refer VA Handbook5005/15, Part II, Appendix G27 dated March 17, 2006. can be found at your local Human Resources Office.


    EDUCATION: There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. Education may be substituted for experience only at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels. See the grade requirements part of this standard for information regarding educational substitutions.

    Veterans’ Preference:

    When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans’ Preference, please visit


    Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.
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    Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at



    Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY. You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications. Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

    Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS. Check your account ( to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

    Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

    To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, November 14, 2014 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 USAJOBS 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 USAJOBS 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 USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    CV or Resume.
    VA Form 10-2850c – Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
    Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
    Optional Form 306 – Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
    If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at
    If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 – Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1253634.

    Keith Manning
    Phone: (202)745-8229
    Fax: (202)745-8351
    Agency Information:
    VHA Washington DC VAMC
    Department of Veteran Affairs
    50 Irving Street NW
    Washington, DC
    20422 Fax: (202)745-8351

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