Radiation Safety Specialist, Vienna, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Closing date: Thursday, 12 May 2022

Radiation Safety Specialist(P4)

( 2022/0202 (012696) )

Organization: NSRW-Control of Radiation Sources Unit

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2022-04-14, 10:57:35 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 IAEA’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 Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety develops and maintains standards for radiation protection, radioactive waste safety, and safety in the transport of radioactive material that enable the beneficial uses of radiation to be exploited while ensuring appropriate protection of workers, the public, patients and the environment. It also assists Member States in the implementation of these standards and provides related services.The Regulatory Infrastructure and Transport Safety Section (RIT) is responsible for providing Member States with safety standards, guidance and tools to foster regulatory infrastructure for radiation safety, for the safe transport of radioactive material and for managing information to identify the needs of Member States with a view to improving radiation, transport and waste safety.

The Control of Radiation Sources Unit is responsible for the development of standards for regulatory infrastructure for radiation safety, and for providing for the application of these standards in Member States. It organizes Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) and Advisory Missions related to regulatory infrastructure in the various fields of radiation safety. It is also responsible for the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and the associated import/export guidance.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Head of the Control of Radiation Sources Unit, the Radiation Safety Regulatory Infrastructure Specialist is responsible for implementing the Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) programme, as well as the overall assistance programme of the Unit and for developing/updating safety standards, guidance and tools related to strengthening national regulatory infrastructures for radiation safety and the control of sources.


The Radiation Safety Regulatory Infrastructure Specialist is: a team leader, coordinating and implementing activities related to improving national regulatory infrastructure; and a substantive contributor, evaluating national regulatory infrastructures, and providing advice and training to national experts.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Implements the Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) programme, addressing all regulatory aspects of radiation safety (regulatory infrastructure, occupational, patient and public protection, waste management and decommissioning, remediation, transport safety), as well as the Advisory Mission programme. Formulates conclusions, recommendations and appropriate reports on the IRRS and Advisory Missions for use by senior management in reporting to Member States

Provides advice and training to Member States on the assessment of the effectiveness of national regulatory programmes for the control of radiation sources and facilities on the basis of the organization of and participation in IRRS and advisory missions, including coordinating the group of experts on the mission.

Develops/updates safety standards, guidance and tools related to strengthening national regulatory infrastructures for radiation safety and the control of sources, including the Regulatory Authority Information System (RAIS) and the Self-Assessment of Regulatory Infrastructure Methodology and Tool (SARIS) and provides assessment of the performance indicators in the Radiation Safety Information Management System (RASIMS) related to regulatory infrastructure.

Promotes the utilization of tools, such as RAIS and SARIS, in Member States through expert missions and the organization of workshops.

Analyses, evaluates and reports on the results of IRRS and Advisory Missions, and develops appropriate follow-up action plans for the Member State.

Identifies areas in which training of regulatory bodies in Member States is needed and implements all technical aspects of such training events, including training on RAIS.

Provides technical advice in the design and implementation of regulatory infrastructure national and regional projects through the technical cooperation programme.

Implements action plans resulting from assessment and appraisal missions through the IAEA’s technical cooperation fund, regular budget and extra budgetary programmes.

Provides support and relevant expertise for the Incident and Emergency System (IES) and participates in associated training and exercises.

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

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

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Application of Safety Standards

Knowledge of the IAEA’s Safety Standards Series and experience in their application in Developing member States.

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Application of Safety Standards

Experience in the evaluation of the national radiation safety infrastructure and application of international safety standards in developing countries.

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources

Thorough knowledge of the Code of Conduct on the safety and Security of Radioactive Sources, and the associated import/export guidance and the Management of disused sources guidance

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Development of IAEA Safety Standards

Experience or familiarity with the technical development and administrative processes for safety or other standards, especially in a multi-lateral fora

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Development of IAEA Safety Standards

Knowledge and experience in the drafting technical reports and reviews.

Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Radiation Safety Regulatory Infrastructure

Thorough knowledge of common approaches to regulatory aspects of radiation, transport and waste safety as well as international undertakings in the area

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Advance University degree (master’s) in science, technology, engineering or any other relevant discipline.

University degree (bachelor’s) in science, technology, engineering or any other relevant discipline, with additional three years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Minimum seven years of experience in radiation safety.

Experience with the Integrated Regulatory Review Service an asset.

Experience in implementing cooperation projects on regulatory infrastructure with the IAEA an asset.

Ability to work in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

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 $75602 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 31753*, 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 posting: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1649957420388