Radiation Protection - Health and Safety Specialist (P3), Vienna, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Closing date: Monday, 26 April 2021

Radiation Protection

Health and Safety Specialist(P3)

( 2021/0187 (011651) )

Organization: SGTS-Equipment Handling and Storage Team

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-03-29, 4:17:41 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 Technical and Scientific Services (SGTS) is responsible for measurement systems applied in safeguards verification activities, containment and surveillance techniques and all verification logistics.

The Verification Logistics Section consists of the Safeguards Asset Management Team and the Equipment Handling and Storage Team. The Section provides the Department with support and services in connection with safeguards equipment. These services include asset management, receipt, shipment, warehousing, safety (including radiation protection and contamination monitoring), procurement and provision of equipment and supplies. Through the Equipment Service Desk, the Section acts as an interface between the Division and the other Divisions in the Department. The Section is also responsible for the acquisition and analysis of equipment performance data, and equipment usage statistics, and for providing relevant reports.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Team Leader, the Radiation Protection

Health and Safety Specialist acts as Service Group Leader for the ISO17025 accredited Equipment Radiation Monitoring Laboratory (ERML) and provides professional advice and services on radiation protection and occupational health and safety to the Division, in his/her capacity as Alternate Radiation Protection Officer (RPO).


The Radiation Protection

Health and Safety Specialist. is: (1) a Service Group Leader ensuring the Equipment Radiation Monitoring Laboratory activities are conducted in compliance with ISO17025 requirements; (2) a technical expert ensuring the performances of Equipment Radiation Monitoring Laboratory activities are technically sound and in compliance with internationally recognized technical standards; (3) a Radiation Protection and Safety expert ensuring operational radiation protection and industrial health and safety for SGTS activities in his/her capacity of Alternate Divisional Radiation Protection Officer (RPO).

Functions / Key Results Expected

Serves as Service Group Leader for the Equipment Radiation Monitoring Laboratory, being responsible for the daily operations of Equipment Radiation Monitoring Laboratory, supervising the laboratory staff and training them on technical matters. Defines a technical training programme for each Equipment Radiation Monitoring Laboratory staff and evaluates their capability to perform a measurement method as prescribed. He/she meets periodically with Equipment Radiation Monitoring Laboratory staff and with the Quality Manager and the Technical Manager to discuss Equipment Radiation Monitoring Laboratory activities.

In his/her capacity as Service Group Leader, the Radiation Protection

Health and Safety Specialist is responsible for the selection and verification of the fitness for purpose measurement methods; for the technical specification, the acceptance testing, the set up and calibration of equipment critical to the ERML activities.

Acts as Alternate Divisional Radiation Protection Officer (RPO) assisting the Divisional RPO and Director in implementing the IAEA Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Regulations and contributes in drafting the Divisional Radiation Protection Programme for the Director’s consideration and endorsement, following-up and regularly reporting on its implementation.

Provides expert support and advice on Radiation Protection matters and delivers expert level training in radiation safety to SGTS and Agency staff.

Notifies, follows up and investigates Radiation Protection incidents/accidents, collects lessons learned and disseminates them across the SG Department.

Provides expert opinion and assistance on health and safety matters.

The incumbent may perform his/her work in areas involving exposure to radioactive materials. Therefore, as an Occupationally Exposed Worker, he/she must be medically cleared by VIC Medical Service and is subject to an appropriate radiation and health monitoring programme, in accordance with the IAEA’s Radiation Safety Regulations.

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

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.

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

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Accreditation to ISO Standards for Testing and Calibration Laboratories

Ability to manage laboratory activities in compliance with established Quality Management System, in particular ISO17025.

Management and Programme Analysis

Analytical Writing Skills

Ability to draft and edit scientific and technical reports.

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Calibration and Use of Survey Meters and Alpha/Gamma Spectometry

Knowledge and expertise in instrument acceptance testing, calibration and quality control.

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Operational Radiation Protection in Laboratory Environments

Knowledge of operational radiation protection, including the definition of a radiation Protection Programme, personal monitoring programme and optimisation of radiation protection.

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Radiation Measurements and Protection

Very good operational understanding of radiation detection and measurement, including excellent understanding of statistical tools for data analysis and processing.


Uncertainty Quantification

In depth knowledge of statistical methods and calculation techniques for measurement uncertainty assessment.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description


Industrial Safety and Hazardous Materials

Knowledge and understanding of technical principles and developments related to Industrial safety.

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

International Transport Regulations for Radioactive Material

Good understanding of international regulations concerning the transportation of radioactive materials.

Nuclear Engineering

Simulation and Modelling

Ability to perform mathematical modelling of radiation monitoring equipment and numerical simulations of its interactions with ionizing radiation.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Bachelor’s Degree

University degree in radiation safety, physical sciences or a related field required.

Professional and certified knowledge of Industrial Safety principles and implementation required.

Minimum of five years of experience in the field of occupational radiation protection and workplace monitoring or industrial safety management, of which at least three years involve provision of radiation protection services and experience working in a technical role in an ISO17025 accredited laboratory.

Demonstrated experience in providing training in radiation protection and safety and/or other technical matters.

Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively and efficiently in multidisciplinary/multicultural teams with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

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


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $62120 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 30874*, 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

Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1617044060272