Nuclear Instrumentation Specialist (Neutron Science), Seibersdorf, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

Field location: Seibersdorf, Austria

Office: IAEA in Seibersdorf

Grade: P-3

Closing date: Monday, 12 April 2021

Nuclear Instrumentation Specialist (Neutron Science)(P3)

( 2021/0191 (221401) )

Organization: NAPC-Nuclear Science and Instrumentation Laboratory

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

Job Posting: 2021-03-29, 3:40:15 PM

Contract Type : Temporary Assistance


Probation Period : No Probation

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

Under the supervision and guidance of the Section Head, the Nuclear Instrumentation Specialist (Neutron Science) coordinates activities related to the establishment of Neutron Science Facility at the Agency’s Laboratories in Seibersdorf by finalizing facility shielding, implementing scientific and radiation monitoring instrumentation, preparing safety report, and ensuring commissioning process. The new Neutron Science Facility is based on utilization of electrically controlled two neutron generators (deuterium-deuterium and deuterium-tritium).


The Nuclear Instrumentation Specialist (Neutron Science) is: (1) a project developer and implementer, contributing to the establishment of Neutron Science Facility, planning and development of the IAEA’s activities in a specific area of research and applications with neutrons; (2) a project officer, planning and conducting technical meetings and training courses relevant to neutron research and applications; (3) a technical expert of the team advising and coordinating a small group of staff involved in the implementation of project on the establishment of Neutron Science Facility, based on utilization of electrically controlled deuterium-deuterium and deuterium-tritium neutron generators, including refurbishment of associated building infrastructure and training premises.

Functions / Key Results Expected

In close collaboration with the team, coordinate and contribute to the development and implementation of the IAEA project on establishment of Neutron Science Facility based on two electrically controlled neutron generators, including refurbishment of associated building infrastructure and training premises.

Plan and conduct technical meetings and training courses for Member States in the area of research and applications using neutron generators.

Contribute to the development and/or produce training materials, technical reports, scientific papers, promotional and outreach materials in the field of research and applications with neutrons.

Coordinate/liaise with external institutions and stakeholders; gather and apply knowledge of international good practices and future trends and establish new collaborations and platforms through the application of neutron related techniques and methods.

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


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 Instrumentation

Experience in nuclear instrumentation relevant to detection of neutrons, gamma spectrometry techniques and related applications. Experience in radiation monitoring of ionising radiation facilities for radiation protection purposes is an asset.


Nuclear Physics

Good knowledge of nuclear physics or nuclear engineering with emphasis on operation and applications of compact neutron sources Proven experience in using Monte Carlo tools such as MSNP(X), PHITS or FLUKA for combined neutron-photon transport simulations.

Management and Programme Analysis

Project Management

Expertise in developing and implementing projects on establishment of neutron facilities, based on isotopic neutron sources, neutron generators or low energy accelerators.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Bachelor’s Degree

University degree in nuclear physics, nuclear engineering or related field is required. Master’s or Doctorate degree in nuclear physics, nuclear engineering or related field would be an asset.

Minimum five years of combined professional experience at the national/international level in the applications of ionising radiation based nuclear techniques and methods, with emphasis on research and applications with neutrons.

Proven skills in writing technical reports and research papers, including preparation of safety reports, commissioning and operating procedures.

Experience in organizing technical meetings/workshops and training courses is desirable.

Experience in technical writing in English for producing and reviewing scientific and/or technical documents in the subject area.

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 $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

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