Team Leader (SGAS - Micro Particle Team) (P4), Seibersdorf, Austria

Organization: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Country: Austria

Field location: Seibersdorf

Office: IAEA in Seibersdorf

Closing date: Monday, 30 May 2022

Team Leader (SGAS

Micro Particle Team)(P4)

( 2022/0262 (005601) )

Organization: SGAS-Micro Particle Analysis Team

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

Job Posting: 2022-04-10, 6:49:51 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).

Within the Office of the Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Safeguards, the Section for Safeguards Programme Coordination serves as the principal advisory body in support of the entire management of the Department including formulation and execution of departmental management policies and procedures. The Section provides internal coordination and support in the areas of programme and budget, human resources, performance monitoring, effectiveness evaluation, communication, reporting and project support.

The Office of Safeguards Analytical Services (SGAS) is responsible for the analysis of nuclear material and environmental swipe samples, as well as the coordination of logistics and the Network of Analytical Laboratories (NWAL). Located about 45 km south of Vienna in Seibersdorf, the Office is organized into three sections: the Nuclear Material Laboratory, including the On-Site Laboratory (OSL) in Japan, the Environmental Sample Laboratory and the Coordination and Support Section.

The Environmental Sample Laboratory is responsible for the receipt, screening, analysis and distribution of environmental samples submitted by IAEA safeguards inspectors.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Laboratory Head of the Environmental Sample Laboratory (ESL), the Team Leader manages the operational aspects of the Micro-particle Analysis Team which is responsible for the analysis of particles in environmental samples by Large-geometry Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (LG-SIMS), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and other related techniques, and the production of particle QC materials.


The Micro-particle Analysis Team Leader is: (i) a supervisor of staff, responsible for setting priorities and organizing the work of the team, monitoring the workflow, and ensuring the availability of resources; (ii) an authority on scientific and technical issues regarding the analysis of particles by LG-SIMS; (iii) an advisor in applying the principles of quality management to the work of the team, and monitoring the quality of the results according to the appropriate quality management system; and (iv) a leader who ensures that all team operations are performed in compliance with IAEA regulations and laboratory best practices.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Lead, organize and manage the work of the ESL Micro-Particle Analysis Team

Ensure a balanced workload distribution among the team, monitor work performance and assess staff development needs

Supervise and participate in the preparation and analysis of particles in environmental samples, reporting on their elemental and isotopic composition in a timely manner

Supervise the production of particle QC materials for internal and external quality control programs

Ensure the quality of analytical results by developing and following analytical procedures, while seeking opportunities for continual improvement to laboratory methods and techniques

Ensure the analytical and ancillary equipment is maintained at the adequate level to provide fit-for-purpose analytical results

Oversee the maintenance and operation of the laboratories to ensure the required cleanroom standards

Keep abreast of developments in the field of environmental sample analysis and plan for the implementation of new techniques and improved methodologies

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition


Encourages open communication and builds consensus. Uses tact and discretion in dealing with sensitive information, and keeps staff informed of decisions and directives as appropriate.

Achieving Results

Sets realistic targets for himself/herself and for the team; ensures availability of resources and supports staff members in achieving results. Monitors progress and performance; evaluates achievements and integrates lessons learned.


Encourages teamwork, builds effective teams and resolves problems by creating a supportive and collaborative team spirit, remaining mindful of the need to collaborate with people outside the immediate area of responsibility.

Planning and Organizing

Sets clearly defined objectives for himself/herself and the team or Section. Identifies and organizes deployment of resources based on assessed needs, taking into account possible changing circumstances. Monitors team’s performance in meeting the assigned deadlines and milestones.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition

Judgement/decision making

Consults with and seeks advice at the appropriate managerial level when making complex decisions. Facilitates dialogue and development of best practice to support judgement/decision making, in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules.

Partnership building

Identifies interests and goals common to the Agency’s partners and its stakeholders to foster partnership building. Promotes collaboration with partners, colleagues across teams and stakeholders.

Technical/scientific credibility

Provides guidance and advice in his/her area of expertise on the application of scientific/professional methods, procedures and approaches.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description


Mass Spectrometric Isotope Ratio Measurements

In-depth knowledge of and experience with techniques to accurately and precisely measure isotopes ratios.



Experience in data evaluation and uncertainty estimation.


Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry

In-depth experience with Large-Geometry Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description


Quality Management

Experience in the implementation and/or administration of ISO 9001 and/or ISO 17025 quality management systems.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master’s Degree

Advanced university degree in physical sciences, materials science, analytical chemistry, geochemistry or equivalent related field.

Bachelor’s Degree

First University degree in physical sciences, materials science, analytical chemistry, geochemistry or equivalent related field plus three years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.

Minimum of 7 years experience working with Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS).

Demonstrated experience in laboratory management and supervising technical staff.

Experience in certified/accredited quality management systems, such as ISO-9001 and/or ISO-17025 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 $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

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