Containment and Security Specialist, Vienna, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Closing date: Sunday, 15 May 2022

Containment and Security Specialist(P4)

( 2022/0102 (017499) )

Organization: SGTS-Security and Containment Systems Team

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2022-03-25, 12:25:44 PM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards (SG) is the organizational hub for the implementation of IAEA safeguards. The IAEA implements nuclear verification activities for over 180 States in accordance with their safeguards agreements. The main objective of the Department is to maintain and further develop an effective and efficient verification system in order to draw independent, impartial and timely safeguards conclusions, thus providing credible assurances to the international community that States are in compliance with their safeguards obligations. Safeguards activities are undertaken within a dynamic and technically complex environment including advanced nuclear fuel cycle facilities and complemented by the political and cultural diversity of the countries.

The Department of Safeguards consists of six Divisions: three Operations Divisions for the implementation of verification activities around the world; three Technical Divisions (Division of Concepts and Planning, Division of Information Management, and Division of Technical and Scientific Services); and three Offices (the Office for Verification in Iran, the Office of Safeguards Analytical Services and the Office of Information and Communication Services). The Division of Technical and Scientific Services (SGTS) is responsible for measurement systems applied in safeguards verification activities, containment and surveillance techniques and all verification logistics.

Main Purpose

As a team member reporting to the SCS Team Leader, the Containment and Security Specialist will provide expert guidance in the development of new IAEA safeguard containment systems, both passive and active. The Containment and Security Specialist oversees specific test and evaluation activities of these new systems, and assist both in initial field trials and in the roll-out for implementation. He/She assesses potential attacks on safeguards instrumentation systems and determines how best to mitigate the impact of these attacks. The incumbent performs these duties by defining security envelope specifications for all new instruments, leading the development team in design reviews to reveal and resolve vulnerabilities as early as possible in the development cycle, and ensures that all the equipment undergo an extremely challenging test regime in order to ensure its robustness for safeguards use.


The Containment and Security Specialist is: (1) An engineer responsible for the design, development, and/or construction of new containment solutions whose goal is the protection of nuclear materials and security critical component;
(2) An expert in the application and knowledge of: a) physical and/or informational security related practices, b) design of complex computer-based components and/or mechanical components for various hostile conditions, and c) the final fabrication and design of mechanical systems, electronic computer-based systems, and/or associated firmware/software;
(3) A leader, planning and managing vulnerability reviews of SGTS systems that include surveillance cameras, radiation detection equipment, sealing systems and enclosures.;
(4) A team player whom ensures containment safeguards systems, currently in service or under development, meets stringent security requirements and standards for economy of effort, confidentiality of results, authenticity of data, and availability of service.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Participate substantively in the planning, development, and authorization of new containment systems, developed to support the needs of the SG Operations Divisions;
Assist in the procurement, distribution, and support of new containment systems;
Liaise with R&D specialists in Member States regarding containment systems under development;
Organize and leads periodic vulnerability reviews of the IAEA equipment systems, and elaborate solutions for mitigation of newly identified vulnerabilities and coordinates vulnerability assessments/reviews with 3rd party experts and equipment manufacturers;
Provide expert support and technical guidance/advice to members of the Seals team and Operation Divisions.

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


Containment and Surveillance

Experience in the design, development and implementation of containment systems, or systems implementing security-related practices, similar to those used in IAEA Safeguards application.

Other Technical Engineering

Engineering and Technology

Experience in the design and fabrication of mechanical and/or computer based electrical systems for implementation in hostile environmental conditions.

Information Technology

Information Security

Experience in evaluating system designs in order to ensure that they meet specific standards for physical security and/or data confidentiality, authenticity, integrity and availability.


Quality Management

Experience in producing technical documentation necessary to support the implementation of new engineering solutions.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description

Other Technical Engineering

Materials Engineering

Experience in the use of software tools for the security evaluation of software program code and/or containment designs.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master’s Degree

Advanced University degree, in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Computer Science) or related field.

Bachelor’s Degree

A first university degree with three years of additional experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.

Cumulatively, a minimum of seven years of working experience in one or more of the required Expertise areas listed above. Five of these years must be in areas directly associated with the design, development, evaluation, and/or implementation of systems requiring security-related considerations.

Additionally, a minimum of four years experience is required in the production of technical documentation necessary to support end-users in the use of new systems.

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 $ 32131*, 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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