Radiation Protection Specialist, Vienna, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Friday, 4 December 2020

Radiation Protection Specialist (P4)

( 2020/0503 (018649) )

Organization: NSRW-Radiation Protection of Patients Unit

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2020-11-06, 12:45:06 PM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

Organizational Setting

The Department of Nuclear Safety and Security (NS) formulates and implements the IAEA’s nuclear safety and security programme, which encompasses the IAEA’s activities to protect people and the environment from radiation exposure, and responds to the needs of its Member States related to nuclear safety and nuclear security.

The Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety develops and maintains standards for radiation protection, radioactive waste safety, and safety in the transport of radioactive material that enable the beneficial uses of radiation to be exploited while ensuring appropriate protection of workers, the public, patients and the environment. It also assists Member States in the implementation of these standards and provides related services. The Radiation Safety and Monitoring Section is responsible for the delineation of an international programme to protect workers, patients and the public from all types of exposure to natural or artificial radiation, in line with the most recent scientific knowledge and information. The Section is also responsible for the provision of radiation safety technical services to staff members and experts who may be exposed to ionizing radiation as a result of activities conducted by the IAEA.

Main Purpose

The Radiation Protection Specialist reports to the Unit Head and is responsible for implementing activities related to the development and application of international radiation protection standards.


The Radiation Protection Specialist plays several key roles: (1) substantive expert, developing international recommendations and guidance related to the radiation protection in general, and the public in particular; (2) adviser, providing authoritative and objective information to Member States and working with them, through the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme; and (3) analyst, maintaining an overview of the status of the radiation protection standards and their implementation in Member States and working collaboratively with experts in Member States on projects related to control of public exposure.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Leads the development of international safety standards and/or guidance material related to the responsibilities of the unit to form the basis of international activities in this area.

Leads and coordinates the technical support for the application of safety standards through national and regional technical cooperation projects.

Communicates the results of Member State and IAEA activities to a wider audience beyond higher-level management, including other Member States, through the preparation of papers, articles and documents for publication.

Tags civil servants ionizing radiation knowledge sharing medical applications nuclear safety radiation protection radioactive materials safety and security safety education safety regulations safety standards technical cooperation

Builds and maintains strategic partnerships and alliances with a wide range of stakeholders in Member States and other international organizations to promote the application of international safety standards.

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

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.

Knowledge sharing and learning

Actively seeks learning opportunities and actively shares knowledge and information with others; shares specialized knowledge, skills and learning from experience across different situations and contexts effectively.

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

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Application of Safety Standards

Expertise in the application of relevant safety standards in a medical setting.

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Development of IAEA Safety Standards

Expertise in drafting safety standards in the area of radiation protection of patients.

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Radiation Protection of Patients

Thorough knowledge of the current situation related to appropriate measures to protect patients from radiation exposure in medical applications of ionizing radiation.

Asset Expertise

FunctionNameExpertise Description

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Education and Training Development in Radiation Safety

Expertise in developing learning materials in the area of radiation protection of patients.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master’s Degree

Advanced University Degree in Physics, Engineering or related science.

At least 7 years‘ experience in the field of radiation protection of patients is essential.

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 $ 36537*, 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