Laboratory Technician (Mutation), Seibersdorf, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

Field location: Seibersdorf

Office: IAEA in Seibersdorf

Grade: G-4

Closing date: Sunday, 29 May 2022

Laboratory Technician (Mutation) (G4)

( 2022/0285 (080410) )

Organization: NAFA-Plant Breeding and Genetics Laboratory

Primary Location: Austria-Lower Austria-Seibersdorf-IAEA Laboratories in Seibersdorf

Job Posting: 2022-04-28, 10:30:05 AM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

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 Joint FAO/IAEA Centre of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture assists Member States of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the IAEA in using nuclear techniques and related technologies to improve food security, alleviate poverty and promote sustainable agriculture. The Joint Centre consists of five Sections, each with an associated laboratory (located in Seibersdorf, 45 km south-east of Vienna), in the areas of: animal production and health; plant breeding and genetics; insect pest control; soil and water management and crop nutrition; and food and environmental protection.

The Plant Breeding and Genetics Section and Laboratory assist Member States with the development of mutation induction methodologies and integrated applications of mutation breeding techniques for crop improvement and biodiversity, contributing to the sustainable intensification of crop production systems.

Main Purpose

Under the overall supervision of the Head, PBGL the Laboratory Technician provides technical support for the activities of the PBGL by conducting experiments in the area of in vitro plant tissue culture and/or molecular genetics. He/she is responsible for maintaining laboratory inventories and provides hands-on training to fellows and other trainees.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Within established procedures and standards the incumbent will:

Perform laboratory experiments in the area of in vitro plant cell and tissue culture and/or molecular genetics

Provide hands-on training in experimental procedures in the area of in vitro tissue culture and/or molecular genetics to fellows and other trainees

Be responsible for inventory of laboratory chemicals, supplies and equipment and placing orders

Document experimental results in laboratory notebooks and summarize experimental results for reports

Collect phenotypic data (such as morphological or agronomical descriptors) from plants growing under laboratory, greenhouse or field conditions

Assist in diverse experiments by taking part in planting, harvesting and other routine greenhouse and field operations

Conduct international travel to FAO/IAEA Member States for hands-on training and related field work as required

Serve as back up for plant irradiation services and media preparation room and perform other related duties as required

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

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

Actively seeks opportunities to learn by formal and informal means; learns from others, adopting and sharing best practice.

Asset Expertise

Function Name

Expertise Description

Administrative Support

MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Proficiency in MS Office, in particular MS Word and MS Excel

Plant Science

Plant Biotechnology

Specialized training in plant mutation breeding

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Completed secondary education

Minimum of four years of relevant working experience

Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

English language test (level 1) to IAEA Standards.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at EUR 41605 (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. 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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