Laboratory Head, Seibersdorf, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

Field location: Seibersdorf, Austria

Office: IAEA in Seibersdorf

Grade: P-5

Closing date: Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Laboratory Head(P5)

( 2021/0165 (005793) )

Organization: NAPC-Nuclear Science and Instrumentation Laboratory

Primary Location: Austria-Lower Austria-Seibersdorf-IAEA Laboratories in Seibersdorf

Job Posting: 2021-03-17, 11:25:43 AM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

Organizational Setting

The Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications implements the IAEA’s Major Programme 2, ‚Nuclear Techniques for Development and Environmental Protection‘. This Major Programme comprises individual programmes on food and agriculture, human health, water resources, environment and radiation technologies. These programmes are supported by laboratories in Seibersdorf, Monaco and Vienna. The Major Programme’s objective is to enhance the capacity of Member States to meet basic human needs and to assess and manage the marine and terrestrial environments through the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques in sustainable development programmes.

The Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences is responsible for assisting and advising Member States in research and development for the nuclear sciences, especially the physical and chemical sciences. Specifically, the Division provides support to Member States in the following fields: production of radioisotopes and radiolabelled products for applications in health care and industry; radiation source applications; research reactor utilization; applications of accelerators and nuclear instrumentation; nuclear and atomic data for applications; controlled nuclear fusion and isotope hydrology and geochemistry.

Additionally, the nuclear science activities carried out by the Nuclear Data Section and Physics Section in the Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications fall under Major Programme

The Physics Section is responsible for planning and implementing activities in the areas of (i) effective utilization of research reactors, (ii) fostering relevant research and development and applications using particle accelerators and related instrumentation, and (iii) plasma physics and fusion, in order to enable Member States to avail themselves of the benefits of nuclear sciences and technologies. It operates the Nuclear Science and Instrumentation Laboratory, located at the Agency’s Laboratories in Seibersdorf, which assists laboratories in Member States to improve the effective utilization of nuclear spectrometry and related instrumentation by providing technical advice, training, calibration services, assistance with the modification and development of nuclear instruments and with new applications of nuclear spectrometry techniques in various fields, including energy related applications, environmental monitoring, industry, and the study of cultural heritage objects.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Section Head, the Laboratory Head leads the research and development, technical cooperation and training related activities of the NSIL.


The Laboratory Head plays several key roles in the IAEA’s Laboratories and the Division: a team leader ensuring the efficient and effective development and implementation of the NSIL’s training and service activities; a scientific leader of the NSIL’s research and development activities; a manager of human resources and key activities of the NSIL; an advisor to the Head of the Physics Section and the Director of the Division in programmatic, scientific and technical matters related to the laboratories.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Plan and implement the programmatic activities of the NSIL within the sub-programme on applications of accelerators, neutrons and nuclear instrumentation through efficient management of the human, physical and financial resources of the Unit.

Develop and introduce innovative approaches in the sub-programme on applications of accelerators, neutrons and nuclear instrumentation, including coordinated research projects, training courses and laboratory activities at the IAEA’s Laboratories.

Contribute to the strategic development of the future activities related to accelerator and neutron applications and nuclear instrumentation in close cooperation with the Head of the Physics Section.

Build and maintain strong strategic partnerships and alliances with a wide range of stakeholders in Member States research laboratories.

Liaise with collaborating institutes to plan experimentation at their facilities by MS scientists for effective use of resources and time.

Initiate and organize Technical Meetings, workshops, conferences and Consultants Meetings in the topical areas of Accelerator and Neutron Applications as well as Nuclear Instrumentation, specifically related to the activities of the laboratories.

Support planning and implementation of Technical Cooperation Projects in the areas of accelerator and neutron applications and nuclear instrumentation

Ensure the visibility of the NSIL’s activities as internal and external representative of the Laboratory, at meetings, workshops and conferences.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition

Planning and Organizing

Sets clearly defined objectives for himself/herself and the team or Section. Identifies and organizes deployment of resources based on assessed needs, taking into account possible changing circumstances. Monitors team’s performance in meeting the assigned deadlines and milestones.


Encourages open communication and builds consensus. Uses tact and discretion in dealing with sensitive information, and keeps staff informed of decisions and directives as appropriate.

Achieving Results

Sets realistic targets for himself/herself and for the team; ensures availability of resources and supports staff members in achieving results. Monitors progress and performance; evaluates achievements and integrates lessons learned.


Encourages teamwork, builds effective teams and resolves problems by creating a supportive and collaborative team spirit, remaining mindful of the need to collaborate with people outside the immediate area of responsibility.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition

Commitment to continuous process improvement

Assesses the effectiveness of functions and systems as well as current practices; streamlines standards and processes and develops innovative approaches to programme development and implementation.

Partnership building

Identifies interests and goals common to the Agency’s partners and its stakeholders to foster partnership building. Promotes collaboration with partners, colleagues across teams and stakeholders.

Technical/scientific credibility

Provides guidance and advice in his/her area of expertise on the application of scientific/professional methods, procedures and approaches.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description


Nuclear Instrumentation

Experience in nuclear instrumentation relevant to neutron, gamma and X-ray spectrometry techniques, and related applications.

Management and Programme Analysis

Project Management

Expertise in developing and implementing projects on establishment of nuclear analytical laboratories, accelerator or neutron source facilities.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description

Nuclear Engineering

Accelerators - Applications in Physics

Experience in setting up and managing an accelerator or neutron source facility is an asset.

Nuclear Engineering

Analytical and Instrumental Techniques

Knowledge of nuclear instrumentation and nuclear techniques based on accelerators or neutron sources is an asset.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Doctorate Degree

Nuclear physics, nuclear engineering or in a related field of physical science.

At least ten years of relevant professional experience in management of research laboratory activities.

Post doctorate experience in experimental nuclear physics research, especially in an accelerator or neutron source facility is desirable.

Experience leading a research group, including human and financial resource management.

Experience with accelerator-based experiments, specifically experiments at synchrotrons and/or at ion beam accelerators and/or at neutron sources.

Strong publication record in peer reviewed journals and at international conferences.

Experience with digital electronics, data acquisition systems and software development would be additional asset.

Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, 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 $89837 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 47614*, 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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