Technical Lead (Non-Electric Applications), Vienna, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

City: Vienna, Austria

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Grade: P-5

Closing date: Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Technical Lead (Non-Electric Applications)(P5)

( 2020/0482 (013273) )

Organization: NENP-Nuclear Power Technology Development Section

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2021-04-20, 2:01:32 PM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

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

As member of the Section led by the Section Head, the Technical Lead (Non-Electric Applications) manages, coordinates and supervises the IAEA projects on non-electric applications of nuclear power under the guidance from the Section Head and the Leadership of the Director.


The Technical Lead (Non-Electric Applications) is : (1) a manager, planning, leading, coordinating and supervising the IAEA projects in the area of non-electric application technology in accordance with the Member States‘ needs and monitors their implementation; (2) a substantive expert contributor, managing technology development in software and hardware applications with significant complexity and /or sensitivity; (3) a scientific secretary for international scientific meetings, including technical working groups on non-electric applications of nuclear power, and as such overseas the preparation and editing of scientific reports, manuals, proceedings and other scientific publications; and (4) a coordinator of interagency collaborative projects within and outside the UN system who reviews and provides a systematic overview and preparation of technical documentation and papers.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Plan, direct, coordinate and monitor the implementation of the project on technology advances in non-electric applications of nuclear power aimed at improvements in economics and energy utilization in accordance with Member States‘ needs, which include, but are not limited to, nuclear technology applications development and compliance of Member States with the requirements and recommendations of the IAEA’s standards in these areas.

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Coordinate the provision of specialized technical input to technical cooperation projects in the subject area and provide technical guidance; evaluate proposals and develop work plans; provide support in planning and implementing training courses and workshops.

Broaden and deepen knowledge by organizing scientific meetings related to the specialized field and serve as scientific secretary; prepare scientific programmes, contribute to the preparation and editing of scientific reports, manuals, proceedings and other technical publications; prepare and organize in-house meetings in support of the Section’s scientific and technical programme.

Ensure the continued high standing and recognition of the IAEA in the scientific community by representing the IAEA at national and international meetings as required; establish and maintain contacts with individual scientists at various centres and in other relevant international organizations, committees and scientific societies.

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 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 Engineering

Nuclear Engineering and Technology

In-depth Knowledge of advanced nuclear power reactor design and developmental activities.

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Power for Desalination and for other Non-Electric Applications

Expertise in all aspects of non-electric applications of nuclear power (including desalination, heat and hydrogen production, industrial applications of nuclear power, integrated energy systems).

Management and Programme Analysis

Project Management

Developing, promoting, coordinating and evaluating related research and technical projects.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master’s Degree

Advanced university degree in nuclear, mechanical or chemical engineering or in a related technical discipline.

A minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience in nuclear power, development of non-electric applications of nuclear power, including experience at the international level.

Comprehensive experience in the management of scientific projects.

Experience of working in a national/international nuclear organization or institute desirable.

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 $88162 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 44257*, 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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