Laboratory Technician (Stable Isotope Analysis), Seibersdorf, Austria
Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Field location: Seibersdorf, Austria
Office: IAEA in Seibersdorf
Closing date: Thursday, 8 October 2020
Laboratory Technician (Stable Isotope Analysis)(G4)
( 2020/0425 (080337) )
Organization: NAFA-Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Laboratory
Primary Location: Austria-Lower Austria-Seibersdorf-IAEA Laboratories in Seibersdorf
Job Posting: 2020-09-10, 1:15:29 PM
Contract Type : Fixed Term
Probation Period : 1 Year
The Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications implements the IAEA’s Major Programme 2, ‚Nuclear Techniques for Development and Environmental Protection‘. This Major Programme comprises individual programmes on food and agriculture, human health, water resources, environment and radiation technologies. These programmes are supported by laboratories in Seibersdorf, Monaco and Vienna. The Major Programme’s objective is to enhance the capacity of Member States to meet basic human needs and to assess and manage the marine and terrestrial environments through the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques in sustainable development programmes.
The Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture assists Member States of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the IAEA in using nuclear techniques and related technologies to improve food security, alleviate poverty and promote sustainable agriculture. The Joint Division consists of five Sections, each with an associated laboratory (located in Seibersdorf, 45 km south-east of Vienna), in the areas of: animal production and health; plant breeding and genetics; insect pest control; soil and water management and crop nutrition; and food and environmental protection.
The Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section and Laboratory assist Member States in developing improved soil and water management practices for sustainable intensification of agricultural production systems, the conservation of natural resources and the effective use of external inputs through applied and adaptive research and development activities, technology transfer and capacity buildingThe Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section and Laboratory assist Member States in developing improved soil and water management practices for sustainable intensification of agricultural production systems, the conservation of natural resources and the effective use of external inputs through applied and adaptive research and development activities, technology transfer and capacity building.
Under the supervision of the Head of the Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Laboratory and in close collaboration with a Senior Laboratory Technician, the Laboratory Technician will carry out the operation, servicing and repair of stable isotope analysis equipment for the determination of N-15, C-13, O-18 and H-2, as well as compound specific stable isotope (CSSI) in soil, water, plant and greenhouse gas samples for research and development, coordinated research projects (CRPs) and technical cooperation projects (TCPs). The Laboratory Technician will also provide support to training work of the Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Laboratory.
Functions / Key Results Expected
Within established standards and procedures:
Carry out, under the guidance of senior technical staff, routine and standard isotope analysis preparation, measurements of light stable isotopes (N-15, C-13, O-18 and H-2) in soil, plant, nutrients, water and greenhouse gases, with stable isotope instruments of the SWMCN Laboratory.
Conduct ion chromatographic measurements of cations and anions in water and soil extracts, and mid-infrared spectroscopy measurements of soil and plant samples, under the guidance of senior technical staff.
Assist in basic trouble-shooting of laboratory equipment, in particular Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry and Laser Isotope Analysis instruments.
Carry out routine servicing and repair of laboratory equipment, in particular Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry and Laser Isotope Analysis instruments.
Provide assistance in the setting-up and follow up of field, laboratory and greenhouse experiments, under the guidance of senior technical staff.
Assist in the demonstration of critical steps of sample preparation and stable isotope analysis for training of fellows.
The incumbent may perform his/her work in areas involving exposure to radioactive materials. Therefore, as an Occupationally Exposed Worker, he/she must be medically cleared by VIC Medical Service and is subject to an appropriate radiation and health monitoring programme, in accordance with the IAEA’s Radiation Safety Regulations.
Competencies and Expertise
Planning and Organizing
Plans and organizes his/her own work in support of achieving the team or Section’s priorities. Takes into account potential changes and proposes contingency plans.
Communicates orally and in writing in a clear, concise and impartial manner. Takes time to listen to and understand the perspectives of others and proposes solutions.
Takes initiative in defining realistic outputs and clarifying roles, responsibilities and expected results in the context of the Department/Division’s programme. Evaluates his/her results realistically, drawing conclusions from lessons learned.
Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.
Gathers and analyses information, identifying critical relationships and patterns among data and proposes workable solutions.
Establishes effective relationships with clients to understand and meet or exceed their needs. Finds ways to ensure client satisfaction.
Knowledge sharing and learning
Actively seeks opportunities to learn by formal and informal means; learns from others, adopting and sharing best practice.
MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office 2010 (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), which is the IAEA standard.
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills
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Completed secondary education. Certified training in a technical area with emphasis on analytical chemistry an asset.
Minimum four years of relevant working experience in analytical laboratories.
Some experience in the use of isotope ratio mass spectrometry or laser isotope measurements an asset.
Knowledge of related computer applications an asset.
Driving license an asset.
Good oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.
English language test (Level 2) to IAEA standard.
The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at EUR 40992 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), 6 weeks‘ annual vacation, pension plan and health insurance
Appointment is subject to a satisfactory medical report. Recruitment will be on a LOCAL BASIS only. Outside applicants are required to supply to the IAEA or to authorize it to seek all information relevant to their suitability for employment by the IAEA. Testing may be part of the recruitment process.
Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values): Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity. Staff members may be assigned to any location. The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above.