Radiometry Specialist, Seibersdorf, Austria
Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Field location: Seibersdorf, Austria
Office: IAEA in Seibersdorf
Closing date: Monday, 12 October 2020
( 2020/0347 (005720) )
Organization: SGAS-Radiometry Team
Primary Location: Austria-Lower Austria-Seibersdorf-IAEA Laboratories in Seibersdorf
Job Posting: 2020-08-24, 3:57:07 PM
Contract Type : Fixed Term
Probation Period : 1 Year
The Department of Safeguards (SG) is the organizational hub for the implementation of IAEA safeguards. The IAEA implements nuclear verification activities for over 180 States in accordance with their safeguards agreements. The main objective of the Department is to maintain and further develop an effective and efficient verification system in order to draw independent, impartial and timely safeguards conclusions, thus providing credible assurances to the international community that States are in compliance with their safeguards obligations. Safeguards activities are undertaken within a dynamic and technically complex environment including advanced nuclear fuel cycle facilities and complemented by the political and cultural diversity of the countries.
The Department of Safeguards consists of six Divisions: three Operations Divisions for the implementation of verification activities around the world; three Technical Divisions (Division of Concepts and Planning, Division of Information Management, and Division of Technical and Scientific Services); and three Offices (the Office for Verification in Iran, the Office of Safeguards Analytical Services and the Office of Information and Communication Services).
The Office of Safeguards Analytical Services (SGAS) is responsible for the analysis of nuclear material and environmental swipe samples, as well as the coordination of logistics and the Network of Analytical Laboratories (NWAL). Located about 45 km south of Vienna in Seibersdorf, the Office is organized into three sections: the Nuclear Material Laboratory, including the On-Site Laboratory (OSL) in Japan, the Environmental Sample Laboratory and the Coordination and Support Section.
The Nuclear Material Laboratory is responsible for the treatment and measurement of nuclear material accountancy and complementary access samples. The section includes the OSL Team located at the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant, Japan.
The Radiometry Specialist is an expert in laboratory based non-destructive analysis (NDA) instrumentation applied to the analysis of actinides and other radioactive nuclides.
The Radiometry Specialist is: (1) a non-destructive assay analyst, performing measurements using a variety of NDA systems, analysing and interpreting measured data and preparing reports; and (2) a technical specialist in NDA that interfaces with technical staff, regulators, and Safeguards organizations to understand operational needs for the measurement of nuclear material and environmental samples.
Functions / Key Results Expected
Maintain an in-depth technical knowledge of radiometric systems and techniques including alpha and gamma spectrometry, and X-Ray fluorescence analysis. Advise the Radiometry Team Leader on enhancements or issues with current systems.
Provide technical expertise in the analysis of several hundred nuclear material and environmental samples per year, and ensure that data are reported within established quality and timeliness goals for each type of analysis.
Tags civil servants computer programming information management information technology logistics nuclear fuel cycle nuclear materials quality control radioactive materials risk management safety regulations
Develop and write quality controlled technical documents, calibration procedures and working instructions related to use of laboratory NDA instruments.
Maintain up-to-date knowledge in the radiometry field by attending scientific meetings and by communicating with instrument vendors and colleagues outside the IAEA working in related fields.
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.
Commitment to continuous process improvement
Plans and executes activities in the context of quality and risk management and identifies opportunities for process, system and structural improvement, as well as improving current practices. Analyses processes and procedures, and proposes improvements.
Identifies and builds partnerships. Develops and maintains long lasting partnerships to strengthen relationships. Delivers programmatic outputs and acquires resources in support of Agency goals.
Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.
Advanced knowledge of instrumentation modules used in gamma-, alpha-, and X-ray spectroscopy applications. Ability to set up, calibrate, maintain and troubleshoot various spectrometry instrumentations.
In-depth knowledge of radiometric techniques, including high-resolution gamma spectrometry, alpha spectrometry, and X-ray fluorescence analysis. Knowledge of combustion analysis is an asset.
Ability to perform quantitative and qualitative analysis of samples using a variety of radiation detection systems and techniques. Demonstrated experience in evaluation, interpretation and analysis of complex gamma spectra.
Demonstrated skills and experience in using computer programming for development of customized NDA instruments control and data reduction applications.
Simulation and Modelling
Demonstrated skills and experience in computerized simulations of the transport of radiation, such as Monte Carlo simulations, applied to the design and calibration of NDA instruments.
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills
University degree in nuclear engineering, radiation physics, analytical chemistry or a related field.
Minimum of 5 years of experience in an analytical laboratory measuring actinides (U, Pu, Np, Am) or fission/activation products (Cs-137, Co-60, etc.) in nuclear materials and/or environmental samples using NDA equipment, of which two years of this experience should preferably be in an international environment.
Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.
The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $60962 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 27982*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks‘ annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance
Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged
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. Testing may be part of the recruitment process