Safeguards Information Analyst (Environmental Sampling), Vienna, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Safeguards Information Analyst (Environmental Sampling)(P4)

( 2020/0584 (015042) )

Organization: SGIM-Nuclear Fuel Cycle Analysis Section

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2020-12-28, 7:45:21 PM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

Organizational Setting

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 Division of Information Management comprises four Sections and provides the Department of Safeguards with data processing services, secure information distribution, information analysis and knowledge generation necessary to draw independent, impartial and soundly based safeguards conclusions.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Team Leader (Environmental Sampling), the Safeguards Information Analyst (Environmental Sampling) contributes to the IAEA’s overall objective to maintain and further develop an effective and efficient verification system through the implementation and development of the environmental sampling programme for safeguards. The Safeguards Information Analyst (Environmental Sampling) contributes directly to the IAEA’s ability to draw timely and sound safeguards conclusions through the prompt acquisition and analysis of data from safeguards activities and safeguards declarations.


The Safeguards Information Analyst (Environmental Sampling) is: 1) a specialist, providing comprehensive advice on the most efficient and effective methods of conducting environmental sampling; 2) a key player in developing and improving environmental sampling plans and in assessing the quality of measurements and the effectiveness of inspection results as a service to the Department; and 3) a team member, collaborating with colleagues to identify and apply the best methods for sound and timely interpretation and evaluation of analysis results from environmental samples.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Perform complex evaluations of Network of Analytical Laboratories (NWAL) analytical results for forensic nuclear significance of material present on environmental samples collected by safeguards inspectors.

Perform quality control on the results, follow up on any issues, and provide in-depth environmental sampling reports to the Department, thereby contributing to State Evaluation Reports and the annual Safeguards Implementation Report which address the correctness and completeness of Member States‘ declarations concerning their nuclear materials and activities.

Supervise the evaluation of environmental sampling results provided by NWAL as well as the timely reporting of the related conclusions to relevant Departmental stakeholders and liaise with SGAS and NWAL in the framework of environmental sampling analysis matters.

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Participate in the planning of environmental sample collections, contribute to improvements in sampling procedures and sample processing, as well as to the implementation of environmental sampling under the Additional Protocol and procedures related to illicit trafficking.

Design, implement and utilize nuclear fuel cycle modelling tools and participate in State Evaluation Groups for assigned States to contribute to the State Evaluation Process and related activities.

Serve as a task officer for Member State Support Programme tasks to investigate, develop, and/or improve analytical methods, sampling procedures or strategies, QA/QC measures, and evaluation approaches.

Subject to approval by the Board of Governors, participate in safeguards inspections and complementary accesses and provide support to in-field verification activities.

Participate as a lecturer in conferences, seminars and training courses for safeguards inspectors and State representatives.

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


Analytical thinking

Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions.

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.

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.

Required Expertise

FunctionNameExpertise Description

Information Technology

Data Analysis

Proven expertise with environmental sampling data loading and reporting or similar processes. Ability to make and modify SQL (Structure Query Language) database queries and manage processing scripts.


Environmental Samples Results Evaluation

Strong expertise in scientific approaches related to environmental sampling evaluation processes and measurement technologies (HRGS, LG-SIMS, FT-TIMS, bulk analysis, impurity analysis, etc.).


Nuclear Fuel Cycle/Nuclear Facilities

Comprehensive knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle, potential nuclear proliferation pathways, and nuclear materials and activities present in facilities.


Safeguards Inspecting

Understanding of inspection activities, including verification, sampling and nuclear fuel modelling techniques. Ability to advise on environmental sampling approaches.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master’s Degree

Advanced university degree in chemistry, physics, nuclear engineering or a related scientific or technical discipline.

Minimum of seven years of experience in environmental sampling evaluation methodologies applied to safeguards.

Experience of evaluating analytical results from multiple laboratories in order to corroborate observations and follow up on identified issues.

Experience in performing uranium enrichment calculations and reactor fuel burn up calculations for various reactor types (research reactors, plutonium production reactors, light water power reactors and fast breeder reactors).

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 $ 38669*, 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