Consultant - Nuclear Security of Small Modular Reactors, Vienna, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Closing date: Tuesday, 23 February 2021


Nuclear Security of Small Modular Reactors

( TAL-NSNS20210128-001 )

Organization: NSNS-Nuclear Material Security Unit

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-02-09, 3:26:56 PM

Contract Type : Special Service Agreement


Organizational Setting

The Department of Nuclear Safety and Security (NS) formulates and implements the IAEA’s nuclear safety and security programme, which encompasses the Agency’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 Nuclear Security (NSNS) is responsible for establishing, coordinating and implementing the IAEA’s nuclear security programme to protect against, detect and respond to criminal acts or acts of nuclear terrorism and threats thereof. NSNS comprises four Sections:

Nuclear Security of Materials Outside of Regulatory Control SectionNuclear Security of Materials and Facilities SectionInformation Management SectionProgramme Development and International Cooperation Section

The Nuclear Security of Materials and Facilities Section (MAFA) is responsible, upon request, to assist States for activities related to implementation of the CPPNM and its Amendment and the Code of Conduct on Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources, establishing and sustaining nuclear security systems and measures for nuclear material, other radioactive material, associated facilities and associated activities being under regulatory control. These activities include developing nuclear security guidance consistent with relevant binding and non-binding international instruments, as well as assisting Member States in implementing their effective nuclear security legislative and regulatory frameworks. The Section performs assessment and provides advice through the International Physical Protection Advisory Service and expert missions, assists human resource development, including education and training through international, regional and national training courses and workshops, develops methodologies and promotes dialogue and cooperation through consultancy meetings, Coordinated Research Projects and technical meetings, and assists security upgrades.

The Nuclear Material Security Unit is responsible for performing activities related to nuclear security of nuclear material in use and storage, nuclear security of the nuclear fuel cycle and associated facilities during their lifetime, including accounting and control of nuclear material for nuclear security purposes, and the technical implementation of the CPPNM and its Amendment.

Main Purpose

Under the supervision of the NMS Unit Head, the consultant on nuclear security for small modular reactors (SMR) including land and water-based SMRs as well as transportable nuclear power plants (TNPPs) and micro-reactors will advise and facilitate the exchange of information on the design, implementation and evaluation of security systems of various SMRs with regards to the CPPNM and its Amendment and IAEA Nuclear Security Series (NSS) guidance documents.

The consultant will identify and synthetize the lessons learned for newly designed and operating SMRs world wide, work done at the IAEA’s Divisions in the areas of safety and nuclear engineering and will provide advice on a path forward. The consultant will participate in the development of IAEA documents related to SMRs, draft a new IAEA NSS publication on nuclear security for SMRs, and develop and deliver at the capacity building events the related training materials. The consultant will organize and participate, as required, in consultancy meetings, workshops, training courses and technical meetings.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Identify and synthetize the lessons learned for newly designed and operating SMRs from a security perspective.

Assess the implementation and applicability of existing nuclear security requirements and guidance available in the current guidance documents and draft a gap analysis.

Participate in the meetings organized by IAEA Divisions/Departments on SMRs.

Develop a new IAEA NSS publication on the nuclear security of SMRs.

Analyze reports published internationally on SMRs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Small, Medium and Modular Reactors

Tags gap analysis international cooperation international instruments nuclear fuel cycle nuclear power nuclear power plants nuclear safety nuclear science nuclear terrorism power plants safety and security subsistence allowance

NPP Conduct of Operations

Guidance Development

Qualifications and Experience

Advanced University Degree or PhD degree in Nuclear Science, Nuclear Engineering, or equivalent related discipline.

Minimum of ten years‘ experience working in safety, security or nuclear engineering filed of nuclear power plants.

Comprehensive knowledge of different types of nuclear power plant technologies worldwide.

Good knowledge of safety/security systems of SMRs, micro and transportable reactors.

Experience in drafting NSS guidance.

Experience in report writing.

Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) an asset.


The remuneration for this consultancy is a daily fee of up to a maximum of 350, based on qualifications and experience. In case duty travel is required within the assignment, a daily subsistence allowance (DSA) and travel costs are provided. Health coverage and pension fund are the responsibility of the incumbent.