General Laboratory Assistant (Radiometrics Laboratory), Monaco

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Monaco

Closing date: Thursday, 15 April 2021

General Laboratory Assistant (Radiometrics Laboratory)(G5)

( 2021/0197 (006563) )

Organization: NAEL-Radiometrics Laboratory

Primary Location: Monaco-Monaco-Monaco-IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco

Job Posting: 2021-04-01, 1:16:17 PM

Contract Type : Monthly Short Term


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 IAEA Environment Laboratories Division consists of four laboratories, three of which are located in Monaco and one in Seibersdorf. The Division supports Member States in enhancing their capacity to use nuclear and isotopic techniques to understand marine, terrestrial and atmospheric environmental processes and dynamics, and to identify and address environmental problems caused by radioactive and non-radioactive pollutants and climate change.

The Radiometrics Laboratory has expertise in the fields of marine radioactivity measurements, development of radioanalytical methods, low-level counting, modelling of dispersion, environmental and radiological assessments, marine database management, and radiotracer applications in oceanographic, pollution and climate studies. It collaborates with Member States to assist them in their development and to implement capacity building technical cooperation projects. It also helps them to prepare for emergency situations, carries out missions at sea, supports analytical quality in Member States laboratories and provides training.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Laboratory Head and as a member of the Radiometrics Laboratory team, the incumbent contributes to the ongoing work of the laboratory by undertaking the receipt, inspection, tracking, preparation and analysis of routine samples and for the preparation, storage and shipment of Reference Materials. The incumbent contributes to the laboratory quality management system, the maintenance of databases and data backups, provides support for the radiation protection programme and for the maintenance and inventory of equipment.

Functions / Key Results Expected

According to established standards and procedures:

Undertake the receipt, inspection and tracking of all samples and standard radioactive solutions in the Radiometrics Laboratory;
Prepare samples and analyse the particle size distribution and moisture content in non-aqueous marine samples and reference materials (e.g. biota, sediment) in projects undertaken by the Radiometrics Laboratory;
Contribute to the implementation and maintenance of a laboratory information management system (by recording the sample information, tracking the sample and keeping the samples inventory);
Undertake radiation protection duties including reception, checking, storage and inventory of sources; inventory of radioactive waste; and workplace monitoring to contribute to workplace safety in the Radiometrics Laboratory;
Update and maintain inventory and database of Monaco IAEA Environment Laboratories‘ radioactive sources.

Participate in the quality management system in the Radiometrics Laboratory by contributing to the development, maintenance and implementation of procedures relevant to his/her duties;
Supervise trainees and fellows in the preparation and analysis of marine samples.

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

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

Analytical thinking

Gathers and analyses information, identifying critical relationships and patterns among data and proposes workable solutions.

Client orientation

Establishes effective relationships with clients to understand and meet or exceed their needs. Finds ways to ensure client satisfaction.

Knowledge sharing and learning

Able to remain calm in emotionally charged situations. Accepts constructive feedback in a positive manner and is able to cope with setbacks.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description


Quality Management

Broad awareness of quality management and good laboratory practice for radioanalytical techniques

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description

Information Technology

IT Network Administration

Expertise in general office information technology and data processing software


Marine Geochemistry

Working experience in analytical techniques in marine geochemistry

Information Technology

Systems Administration

Knowledge of laboratory information management systems and software used for radiometric analyses and reporting of results

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Completed secondary education. Post-secondary studies with relevance to the tasks above an asset.

Minimum five years of relevant experience in chemistry or marine geochemistry laboratory support.

English language test (level 2) to IAEA standard.

Good 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 EUR 40059 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), 6 weeks‘ annual vacation, pension plan and health insurance

Appointment is subject to a satisfactory medical report.

Recruitment will be on a LOCAL BASIS only. Non-local candidates will be considered only when no suitable candidate from the duty station is identified and will be subject to local recruitment. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.Outside applicants are required to supply to the IAEA or to authorize it to seek all information relevant to their suitability for employment by the IAEA.

Testing may be part of the recruitment process.

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.

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