Nuclear Engineer ( Research Reactor Operation & Maintenance) (P4), Vienna, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Closing date: Sunday, 11 April 2021

Nuclear Engineer ( Research Reactor Operation & Maintenance)(P4)

( 2021/0163 (002888) )

Organization: NEFW-Research Reactor Section

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-03-12, 4:41:49 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 Research Reactor Section (RRS) assists Member States in every stage of the research reactor life cycle: from the initial decision to build a research reactor, including the development of the national supporting infrastructure, to ensuring safe and sustainable operation, including long-term operation, spent fuel management, effective utilization, to preparation for decommissioning and disposal of spent nuclear fuel. The Section also promote and facilitate Member States‘ access to research reactors for nuclear capacity building and, upon request, assist Member States in minimizing the use of Highly Enriched Uranium for research reactors‘ fuels and applications. The Section works with Member States individually, regionally, and in international coalitions to carry out its activities.

Main Purpose

As a member of a team, led by the Technical Lead (Research Reactor Operation, Maintenance and Fuel Cycle), and reporting to the Technical Lead, the Nuclear Engineer develops and implements IAEA activities to increase relevant capabilities within interested Member States for policy making, strategic planning and technology development in the areas of Research Reactor operation, maintenance, refurbishment and upgrade.


The Nuclear Engineer (Research Reactor Operation & Maintenance) fulfils several roles within the team: (1) an expert, providing advice to the Technical Lead, Section Head and interested member states on Research Reactor operation, maintenance, refurbishment and upgrade, including Research Reactor organizational structure and management systems; (2) a technical officer responsible for providing technical support to the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme on specific aspects of research reactors; (3) a project manager, implementing IAEA activities in the area of Research Reactor operation, maintenance, refurbishment and upgrade; and (4) a technical writer producing and reviewing documents relating to Research Reactors.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Provide authoritative information, advice and guidance on Research Reactor operation, maintenance, refurbishment and upgrades.

As a technical officer, support regular budget, extrabudgetary projects and technical cooperation projects in the subject area; evaluate proposals, plan and implement activities; prepare and monitor contracts for the supply of goods and services such as technical equipment, external assistance or research; and review the results achieved.

Initiate, plan and conduct technical meetings, consultants‘ meetings, workshops and other scientific meetings in the subject area. Undertake studies and comparative assessments of various specific issues.

Contribute to e-tools such as research reactor information hub, data bases, e-Learning,.

Coordinate/liaise with external institutions and stakeholders; gather, maintain and apply knowledge of international best practice and future trends in the subject area.

Develop technical guidelines, documents and technical reports on important aspects of the IAEA’s activities related to Research Reactors and update IAEA publications in the subject area.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition


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.

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.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition

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

Function Name Expertise Description

Nuclear Engineering

Project Management

Expertise in coordination of project activities and managing of complex projects.

Nuclear Engineering

Research Reactors

Knowledge of Research Reactor designs, equipment, fuel cycle, safety and utilization aspects, organizational structures and management systems.

Nuclear Engineering

Research Reactors


Expertise in Research Reactor operation, maintenance, ageing management, refurbishment and upgrades.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master’s Degree

Advanced university degree in engineering or related technical field. Bachelor’s Degree

University degree in engineering or related technical field with three additional years of working experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Minimum of seven years of professional experience in the subject area, particularly in research reactors operation, maintenance, ageing management, refurbishment and upgrades.

Experience in international cooperation with proven ability to participate effectively in a multinational and multidisciplinary team with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

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 $74913 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 39704*, 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

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