Associate Nuclear Engineer, Vienna, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-2

Closing date: Sunday, 11 April 2021

Associate Nuclear Engineer(P2)

( 2020/0534 (018692) )

Organization: NENP-Nuclear Power Technology Development Section

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-03-22, 1:44:21 PM

Contract Type : Temporary Assistance


Probation Period : No Probation

This is a re-opening of the vacancy. Candidates who already applied do not need to re-submit an application.

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 Power comprises the Nuclear Power Engineering Section, the Nuclear Power Technology Development Section, the Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section and the INPRO (International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles) Section. The Division provides core engineering, technological, human resource development and management support to interested Member States in the field of nuclear power.

The Nuclear Power Technology Development Section assists Member States in developing safe, environmentally benign, economically viable, proliferation resistant and sustainable innovative solutions for all civil reactor technologies, including water-cooled reactors, gas-cooled reactors, fast neutron systems (both critical and sub-critical) as well as small and medium-sized reactors. The section fosters international collaboration on technology development for reactor plants and for non-electric uses of nuclear power by facilitating coordinated research projects, technical meetings, and training courses. The section also maintains the Advanced Reactor Information System (ARIS) and Thermophysical Properties of Nuclear Materials (THERPRO) databases.

Main Purpose

Under the supervision of the Section Head, Nuclear Power Technology Development and with guidance from more senior professional staff, the Associate Nuclear Engineer provides scientific and technical assistance to the planning, organization and implementation of the IAEA’s activities and projects in the field of non-electric applications of nuclear power.


The Associate Nuclear Engineer is: 1) a contributor to managing programmes, and organizing, from the technical and managerial viewpoint, and conducting Conferences, Workshops and Technical and Consultancy Meetings; 2) a technical analyst, drafting Technical Documents and Nuclear Energy Series, maintaining currently available software tools in THE Nuclear Power Technology Development Section and contributing to development of new tools in the field of non-electric applications of nuclear energy.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Refines, advances and maintain the software developed in NPTD Section for desalination, hydrogen production, integrated and hybrid energy systems, water management, etc. and participate in the development of new software.

Reviews and consolidates the technical work and work products on non-electric applications of nuclear energy and integrated energy systems.

Prepares the technical documentation to organize Technical Meetings, Workshops and Conferences, in the field of non-electric applications of nuclear energy and integrated energy systems.

Assists the Technical Lead in the definition, implementation and management of the IAEA programme for non-electric applications of nuclear energy, interacting with the internal and external stakeholders and in particular the Technical Working Group on Nuclear Desalination.

Manages the work programme in consultation with the Technical Lead in the non-electric applications of nuclear energy project using the IAEA project management tools.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition

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

Name Definition

Judgement/decision making

Consults with supervisor/manager and makes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules.

Partnership building

Develops and maintains partnerships needed for his/her work. Establishes and nurtures positive relations with partners and stakeholders.

Technical/scientific credibility

Acquires and applies new skills to remain up to date in his/her area of expertise. Reliably applies knowledge of basic technical/scientific methods and concepts.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description

Management and Programme Analysis

Analytical Writing Skills

Ability to draft concise and high quality written documentation such as project progress reports, technical reports and studies, papers.

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Power for Desalination and for other Non-Electric Applications

Knowledge in the field of nuclear engineering, chemical/process engineering and non-electric applications of nuclear energy.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Bachelor’s Degree

University degree in Nuclear Engineering. Advanced University Degree in this field is an asset.

Minimum of two years of relevant working experience in the fields of nuclear engineering, chemical/process engineering in nuclear research centres and nuclear agencies.

Experience in programming, thermodynamic modelling and/or analysis of power plants, analysis of integrated energy systems is an asset.

Some professional experience at international level is an asset.

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 $47895 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 24139*, 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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