Diagnostic Radiological Technologist (Magnetic Resonance)

Montgomery County, Maryland
May 08, 2021
May 11, 2021
Full Time


The PET Department is currently seeking a Diagnostic Radiological Technologist (Magnetic Resonance) to add to their team. The ideal candidate will have an expert understanding of PET/MR technology, computer hardware and software, and ancillary laboratory equipment in the organizational design and execution of various research protocols. If you are ready to work for a dynamic facility with a powerful mission then please consider joining the Clinical Center at the NIH today.
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As a Diagnostic Radiological Technologist (Magnetic Resonance), your typical work assignments may include:
  • Performing PET/MR imaging procedures of brain and body scans using a wide variety of MR sequences to study organ perfusion, metabolism, receptor function, tumors, etc., in Clinical Center patients.
  • Performing advanced, computer-based PET/MR procedures in Clinical Center patients and experimental animals.
  • Executing prescribed procedures in the performance of these studies.
  • Ensuring patient safety and comfort while the patient is under study within the department.
  • Performing non-standard PET/MR imaging in accordance with the specialized protocols.
  • Complying with radiation safety requirements governing the use of radiopharmaceuticals.
  • Complying with MR-related safety and hazard avoidance requirements.
  • Providing advice and assistance in the design and execution of MR-related research projects, as needed.
  • Monitoring patient's medical status and alerting relevant medical staff, as needed.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement or proof of being a U.S. National must be met by closing date.
  • Employment is subject to the successful completion of a background investigation, verification of qualifications, completion of onboarding forms, submission of required documents, and any other job-related requirement before or after appointment.
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Applicant must be certified as a radiographer.
  • Position requires education, please provide transcripts.
  • If selected, you must pass a pre-employment medical examination and provide evidence of immunization.
  • Emergency essential position.


To qualify for a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Magnetic Resonance) GS-0647-10:

You must have:

Successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the credentialing standards described in 42 CFR Part 75 that is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education.

Be certified as a radiographer as evidenced by an active state or national license which is in good standing.

The following meets the above standards:

1. Persons employed by the Federal Government as a radiologic personnel prior to January 13,1986 who show evidence of current or fully satisfactory performance or certification of such from a licensed practitioner such as a doctor of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry, or chiropractic who prescribes radiologic procedures to others.

2. Persons first employed by the Federal Government as a Radiologic personnel after the effective date of the regulation who (a) received training from institutions in a State of foreign jurisdiction that did not accredit training in that particular field at the time of graduation

b) practiced in a State or foreign jurisdiction that did not license that particular field or did not allow special eligibility to take a licensure examination for those who did not graduate from an accredited educational program, provided that such persons show evidence of training, experience, and competence as determined by OPM or the employing agency.

You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following tasks:
performing computer-based Positron Emissions Tomography (PET)/Magnetic Resonance (MR) procedures for patients or research animals; operating MR components of PET/MR scanner systems in accordance with departmental guidelines; recognizing changes in patient situations that require modifying standard operating procedures in order to obtain adequate PET/MR studies with data that yield useful information; assisting in the design and execution of MR-related research projects; assisting in operating scanner software and computer operating systems; and verifying required administrative procedures for patients have been followed.

You will receive credit for all experience material to the position, including experience gained in religious, civic, welfare, service, and organizational activities, regardless of whether you received pay.

Do not copy and paste the duties, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications for this position.

Preview assessment questionnaire before you apply: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11099749


This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education .

Additional information

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
  • Position is designated as an " emergency essential " position and the selected candidate will be considered an " emergency essential " employee and will be required to be available, ready, willing, and able to report for duty under all circumstances (e.g., inclement weather, government closings and holidays, lapses in appropriations, non-emergency and emergency situations) for operation 24 hours a day and 365 days per year coverage.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
  • The work involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions. The technologist is required to use protective clothing or gear such as laboratory coats, safety goggles, radiation badges, gloves and shields, and to adopt sterile techniques. The work generally requires extended periods of standing as well as bending, positioning patients who are disabled may require considerable effort. Heavy lifting of incapacitated patients or large equipment is done with the help of other employees. Work with computer display terminals can be stressful. The incumbent must possess considerable manual dexterity in order to perform certain complex procedures.
  • The incumbent will be exposed to low levels of gamma radiation, radioactive sources, radiopharmaceuticals, and patients who have received radioactive materials for imaging purposes. The incumbent will exercise constant appropriate radiation safety procedures to minimize potential hazards. Special safety precautions are required to ensure patient and staff safety within the MR environment. The incumbent may be exposed to patients with infectious diseases, e.g. hepatitis, tuberculosis, and AIDS, and may handle human and animal blood. In addition, the incumbent works in area where other potential hazards exist, i.e. high voltage equipment, hazardous chemicals and exposure to research animals.
  • At the supervisor's discretion, this position may offer work schedule flexibilities : alternative work schedules.
  • A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee's entrance on duty. Recipients will be determined on a case-by-case basis based on organizational need, specific case justification, and budget limitations.
  • The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.
  • The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.
  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Visit our Applicant FAQs page for helpful information on the application process.
  • Visit our Total Compensation page for a detailed look into the benefits, awards, leave, retirement and other incentives employees may receive as part of a rewarding work environment.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Additional selections may be made for similar positions across the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) within the local commuting area(s) of the location identified in this announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) at HHS. Clearance of CTAP/ICTAP will be applied for similar positions across HHS.

The position(s) advertised in this announcement are covered by a direct hire authority. Traditional rating and ranking of applicants, including category rating, does not apply to this vacancy. You will be initially evaluated against the basic qualifications only. Qualified applicants will be referred for consideration in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management direct hire guidelines . Veterans' Preference does not apply to positions covered by a direct hire authority.

To determine your qualifications and referral status, we may review your resume and supporting documentation and compare it against your responses to the vacancy questionnaire. Ensure you support your self-ratings by the information you provide in your application. We may verify or assess your qualifications at any time. Inflated or unsupported qualifications may affect your rating. Any misrepresentation or material omission of facts may be sufficient cause to end further consideration of your candidacy. Persons listed as having knowledge of your past accomplishments or experience in your application may be contacted for verification purposes at any time. Verification may, but need not, begin prior to receiving an offer.

To be considered well qualified for the purposes of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) , you must be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry and substantively exceed the basic qualifications and meet all eligibility, physical, medical, suitability, and all other requirements.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents


Your resume must thoroughly describe how your skills and experiences align to the criteria defined in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement and it must support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. We cannot assume you have performed the necessary experience required for this position regardless of your employment history or academic career.

To ensure all of the essential information is in your resume, we encourage you to use the USAJOBS online Resume Builde r. If you choose to use your own resume, you must ensure it contains all of the required information and you organize it so we can associate the following information for each experience/position:
  • Job title
  • Name of employer
  • Beginning and ending dates of employment (month/day/year format)
  • Hours worked per week. We will assume full-time unless otherwise stated. We will prorate part-time employment in crediting experience.
  • Detailed description of job duties, accomplishments, related skills, and responsibilities to include any supervisory/managerial responsibilities and number of staff supervised (if applicable)
  • Series and grade or equivalent (if a federal position)
  • If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying on the basis of education, you must list your education history including the type of degree and your major of study. If the position requires a certain number of credit hours, you are strongly encouraged to list the relevant courses in your resume.

    Do not include a photograph or video of yourself, or any sensitive information (age, date of birth, marital status, protected health information, religious affiliation, social security number, etc.) on your resume or cover letter. We will not access web pages linked on your resume or cover letter to determine your qualifications.

    For resume writing guidance, please visit the following resources: NIH Jobs website , USAJOBS Resource Center , and the USAJOBS Resume Writing Video Tutorial .

    You must submit a completed assessment questionnaire.

    Unless otherwise stated, we will only use the information above to determine your qualifications. Not providing the required information may result in a determination that you do not meet minimum requirements for the position (e.g., an ineligible rating) or a lower rating.

    Visit our websites to claim selection priority through the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
    • CTAP: https://jobs.nih.gov/announcement-links/CTAP.htm
    • ICTAP: https://jobs.nih.gov/announcement-links/ictap.htm
    If you do not provide the required information, we will assume you are not eligible or you do not wish to be considered for any preference or eligibility.

    Please do not submit any other supplementary documentation that is not requested of you. To protect your personal information, we will only send your resume and cover letter to the selecting official or hiring manager.

    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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