Nuclear Security Officer (Instrumentation and Networks), Vienna, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-3

Closing date: Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Nuclear Security Officer (Instrumentation and Networks)(P3)

( 2021/0236 (221868) )

Organization: NSNS-Nucl.Security of Materials outside of Reg.Control Sec.

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-04-28, 7:53:39 AM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

Organizational Setting

The Department of Nuclear Safety and Security (NS) formulates and implements the IAEA’s nuclear safety and security programme, which encompasses the Agency’s activities to protect people and the environment from radiation exposure and responds to the needs of its Member States related to nuclear safety and nuclear security.

The Division of Nuclear Security (NSNS) is responsible, upon request, for establishing, coordinating and implementing the IAEA’s nuclear security programme to protect against, detect and respond to nuclear security events and threats thereof. NSNS comprises four Sections:

Information Management Section

Nuclear Security of Materials Outside of Regulatory Control Section

Nuclear Security of Materials and Facilities Section

Programme Development and International Cooperation Section

The Nuclear Security of Materials Outside of Regulatory Control Section (MORC) is responsible for activities that assist States, upon request, in establishing and maintaining nuclear security systems and measures for the prevention and detection of, and response to, nuclear and other radioactive material outside of regulatory control. These activities include developing nuclear security guidance in the area of nuclear security of materials outside of regulatory control, that is consistent with the relevant binding and non-binding international instruments, as well as providing assistance, upon request, to Member States in implementing their nuclear security frameworks. In addition, the Section conducts the International Nuclear Security Advisory Service (INSServ) and expert missions, upon request, to help Member States to establish and maintain effective nuclear security regimes, assists in capacity building, including education and training through international, regional and national training courses and workshops, develops methodologies, and assists in security upgrades relating to nuclear and radioactive material detection and response capabilities. The Section implements Coordinated Research Projects and technical meetings in the field of nuclear security of MORC and assists Member States in the implementation of nuclear security systems and measures to support Major Public Events.

Main Purpose

Under the supervision and guidance of the Nuclear Security Officer, who leads the detection science and technology research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) activities in the Nuclear Security of Materials outside of Regulatory Control Section, the Nuclear Security Officer (Nuclear Instrumentation and Networks) will perform activities to support Member States in developing, implementing and sustaining effective and efficient nuclear security detection programmes through, inter alia, Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plans (INSSP), mainly focusing on technical support for Mobile-Integrated Nuclear Security Network (M-INSN); specification, testing, deployment and sustainment of equipment; and coordinated research projects and related activities in the area of detection technologies.


The Nuclear Security Officer (Instrumentation and Networks) is (1) a technical specialist that will assist in managing and implementing the Division of Nuclear Security’s M-INSN project which will provide a secure command and control system using a detector-smart phone- server design for networking portable radiation detection equipment within a State; (2) a radiation detection specialist supporting the specification, testing and provision of radiation detection equipment to Member States; (3) a project manager that will support Coordinated Research Projects (CRPs) on radiation detection equipment and related technical projects such as the Minimum Detectable Quantity (MDQ) tool and the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) for detection and surveillance, with focus on the development and improvement of technologies and processes to detect, and respond to, nuclear and other radioactive materials out of regulatory control; (4) an analyst that will perform statistical and mathematical analysis of nuclear instrumentation data; and (5) a coordinator that will network and coordinate technical project activities with Member State participants.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Coordinate the development, testing training, and deployment of secure M-INSN systems using the detector-smart phone-server network.

Interface with technical projects participants to provide technical guidance on the collection, use and analysis of data.

Create and maintain databases to collect the required data.

Perform Quality Assurance and analyse data to develop conclusions and recommendations for enhancing the use and performance of radiation detection systems.

Develop and perform experimental tests to assess the performance of radiation detectors.

Prepare and manage meetings, prepare technical reports, and develop relevant documents.

Coordinate in the improvement of equipment technical and functional specifications.

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

Administrative Support

Data and Information Analysis and Reporting

Knowledge of data analysis methods and tools, including quantitative statistical and mathematical programmes.

Material Out of Regulatory Control

Detection Systems and Measures

Knowledge of standards and application of guidance for use in detection systems.

Material Out of Regulatory Control

Detection equipment

Knowledge of the principles of detection equipment and the use of equipment in both field and laboratory conditions.

Material Out of Regulatory Control

Radiation detection and measurement

Knowledge of the process of specification, testing, and operation of detection and analysis equipment.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Bachelor’s Degree

University Degree in Science (nuclear physics) or Engineering (electrical, electronic, computer or nuclear) or related field.

A minimum of five years of professional experience in radiation detection technologies and/or processes preferably related to nuclear security with proven experience in networking and client service applications.

Experience in the use, evaluation, and implementation of communication networks and applications such as Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) is required.

Experience in testing and use of radiation detection equipment, preferably portable and fixed installed monitoring equipment is required.

Experience in developing, refining, and revising specifications and test procedures for radiation detection equipment andworking with calibration and test radioactive sources is required.

Experience in the use, evaluation, and implementation of multiple wireless technology standards and related security protocols is an asset.

Background in data collection and analysis using statistical tools such as R (R Foundation for Statistical Computing), MATLAB (The Mathworks), Microsoft Excel, and SAS (Statistical Analysis Software) is an asset.

Knowledge of Gamma ray detection and spectroscopy, particularly isotope identification (both with semiconductor and scintillation detectors) 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 $62120 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 29321*, 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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