Decommissioning Specialist, Vienna, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Saturday, 31 October 2020

Decommissioning Specialist(P4)

( 2020/0430 (020022) )

Organization: NEFW-Section on Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2020-10-02, 2:38:49 PM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

Organizational Setting

The objective of the Department of Nuclear Energy (NE) is to foster the efficient and safe use of nuclear power by supporting interested Member States in: improving the performance of nuclear power plants, the nuclear fuel cycle, and the management of nuclear wastes; catalysing innovation in nuclear power and fuel cycle technologies; developing indigenous capabilities around the world for national energy planning; deploying new nuclear power plants; preserving and disseminating nuclear information and knowledge; and advancing science and industry through improved operation of research reactors.

The department has a dynamic, participative and interactive operating environment with inputs received from the Board of Governors, the General Conference, policy and decision-makers, and technical counterparts in Member States and the international development community.

The Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology (NEFW) comprises the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials Section, the Waste Technology Section, the Decommissioning & Environmental Remediation Section and the Research Reactor Section. The Division seeks to support Member States in building their capacity to access technologies, to share good practices and to develop safe and effective approaches across all aspects of research reactors, nuclear fuel cycle, decommissioning, radioactive waste management and environmental remediation.

The Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Section (D&ERS) assists Member States with building their capacity to decommission any nuclear related facilities and environmental remediation of any sites contaminated with radioactive material, including NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material). It cooperates with other sections and especially with the two teams in WTS in charge of radioactive waste management (pre-disposal and disposal). Efforts are focused mainly on the elaboration and implementation of comprehensive and integrated decommissioning and environmental remediation policies and strategies, the development of supporting infrastructure, the promotion of good practices for sustainable, safe and cost-effective project planning, implementation and completion; enabling access to current scientific and technological developments, along with the provision of direct assistance through the technical cooperation programme.

Main Purpose

The Decommissioning Specialist contributes to D&ERS professional activities applying specialized technical knowledge on the planning of the work programme and implements initiatives and projects on nuclear facility decommissioning. He/she reports to the Section Head.


The incumbent will provide comprehensive support of NEFW Sub-programme on Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation, with a specific focus on decommissioning activities. He/she will contribute to strengthening cooperation between the IAEA and other international organizations in the respective decommissioning area. He/she will support the existing decommissioning network in achieving practical and measurable results.

As a sub-programme implementer and technical officer, the incumbent will apply his/her specialized knowledge and experience to the design, evaluation and implementation of the decommissioning initiatives, including the organization, definition and delivery of training activities, and will conduct studies and assessments of decommissioning-related issues and trends leading to the development and publication of international recommendations. The incumbent will also provide specialist input to relevant Technical Cooperation projects.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Support planning and implementation of decommissioning-related activities under the relevant sub-programme in accordance with the IAEA senior management direction and expectations of participating representatives of Member States, including strengthening of cooperation between the IAEA and other international organizations such as OECD/NEA and the EC.

Cooperate with counterparts in NEFW and other IAEA sections / divisions and with other international organizations on topics of mutual interest and provide assistance, as required, in other activities of the Division and to other IAEA units on subjects of relevance to decommissioning of nuclear facilities.

Identify and provide advice on the application of ‚lessons learned‘ from the decommissioning network participants to support further development.

Tags civil servants energy planning good practices nuclear energy nuclear facilities nuclear fuel cycle nuclear power nuclear power plants power plants project management radioactive waste management technical cooperation waste disposal waste management

Assist line management and section staff to convey common messages and support the network in achieving practical and measurable results.

Promote complementary joint initiatives amongst other networks (e.g. WTS networks) and support the development of digital tools such as e-learning, wiki web-based networks of professionals, and organizing in-house meetings on the Section’s scientific programme.

As delegated by the Section Head, provide input to the design and evaluation of technical cooperation (TC) projects, develop action plans, and organize and participate in seminars, workshops, expert missions and training courses related to TC projects. Practical knowledge of the current situation in developing / TC eligible countries and of the needs of local counterparts is advantageous to support this function.

Promote, coordinate and evaluate coordinated research projects and conduct studies and assessments of decommissioning-related issues and trends. Develop and publish international recommendations and guidance with a view to addressing Member States‘ specific needs regarding decommissioning technology development.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies


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.

Achieving Results

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.

Functional Competencies


Judgement/decision making

Consults with supervisor/manager and takes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules. Makes decisions reflecting best practice and professional theories and standards.

Partnership building

Identifies and builds partnerships. Develops and maintains long lasting partnerships to strengthen relationships. Delivers programmatic outputs and acquires resources in support of Agency goals.

Technical/scientific credibility

Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.

Required Expertise

FunctionNameExpertise Description

Nuclear Energy


Fuel Cycle Facilities

Comprehensive understanding of the stages and processes of the nuclear fuel cycle and related facilities decommissioning.

Nuclear Energy


Nuclear Power Plants

Comprehensive understanding of the stages and processes of nuclear power plants preparation for and implementation of decommissioning.

Nuclear Energy


Research Reactors

Comprehensive understanding of the stages and processes of research reactors preparation for and implementation of decommissioning.

Nuclear Engineering

NPP Decommissioning Planning

Demonstrated skills related to approaches to decommissioning planning for nuclear power plants and other nuclear facilities.

Nuclear Engineering

Project Management

Ability to develop and implement projects as well as awareness of international / national decommissioning programmes.

Nuclear Engineering

Radioactive Waste Management Technology and Infrastructure

Knowledge of technologies and practices used in decommissioning and RW management as well as innovative approaches including those beyond the nuclear engineering.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master’s Degree

Advanced university degree (or equivalent) in engineering or a related science (e.g. physics, chemistry, environmental science).

Seven years of work experience in the field of radioactive waste management and/or decommissioning.

Experience of developing and implementing projects at the international level and awareness of international programmes for radioactive waste disposal.

In-depth knowledge of and experience in the strategies, methodologies, technologies and practices used in decommissioning and radioactive waste management, and awareness of and interest in innovative approaches and processes under development.

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 $73516 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 37861*, 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