Nuclear Safety Officer, Vienna, Austria
Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria
Closing date: Wednesday, 5 April 2023
Nuclear Safety Officer(P4)
( 2023/0153 (020189) )
Organization: NSNI-Safety Assessment Section
Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters
Job Posting: 2023-03-08, 7:42:44 AM
Contract Type : Fixed Term
Probation Period : 1 Year
Full Competitive Recruitment : Yes
The Department of Nuclear Safety and Security (NS) formulates and implements the IAEA’s nuclear safety and security programme, which encompasses the Agency’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 security.
The objective of the Division of Nuclear Installation Safety (NSNI) is to achieve and maintain a high level of safety of nuclear installations worldwide that are under design or construction or in operation. The Division does this by establishing standards of safety for the protection of health, including standards for nuclear power plants and other nuclear installations and facilities, and by providing for the application of these standards through, among other things, support for the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation programme, the rendering of safety review services, the promotion of education and training, the fostering of information exchange and the coordination of research and development. In addition, the Division helps ensure safety at nuclear installations by promulgating international safety instruments such as the Convention on Nuclear Safety and the Code of Conduct on the Safety of Research Reactors. NSNI comprises five Sections:
External Events Safety Section
Operational Safety Section
Safety Assessment Section
Regulatory Activities Section
Research Reactor Safety Section
The Safety Assessment Section (SAS) helps to improve the capability of Member States in carrying out effective safety assessments and enhancing the safety of nuclear installations. SAS does this by developing safety standards and guides for design and safety assessment; by promoting the use of advanced safety assessment methods and tools with enhanced integration of deterministic and probabilistic analyses and the use of risk-informed and performance-based safety approaches. The Section undertakes Technical Safety Reviews (TSRs) that can be tailored to the needs of requesting parties. The work of the Section covers existing, evolutionary and innovative reactors, including small modular reactors (SMRs), non-water-cooled reactors and fusion reactors.
Reporting to the Section Head, the Nuclear Safety Officer plans and coordinates assigned projects to support specific Divisional programmes and services aimed at strengthening the safety of nuclear installation through proper site selection, installation design, systems design; and regulatory and operating policies and practices.
The Nuclear Safety Officer is: (1) a project planner and implementer, contributing to the development and implementation of activities aimed at promoting the Divisional programmatic objectives;
(2) a scientific secretary and technical expert, planning and leading Technical Meetings and consultancies;
(3) a mission leader, planning and leading technical safety reviews and follow-up missions; and
(4) a technical officer, leading and evaluating technical cooperation and extra-budgetary operational and coordinated research projects.
Functions / Key Results Expected
Depending on the Section focus, functions may include to:
Lead projects of internal and external experts to develop, implement and evaluate safety standards.
Provide Member States with advice and assistance in the application of safety assessment methodologies and safety standards, including to organize peer review missions to determine the effectiveness of regulatory oversight and to formulate an action plan for the Member State to address identified deficiencies.
Provide advice and assistance to Member State and industry association reviews of operating organization management systems, safety culture, human resources management and scientific and technical capacity including participation as an expert advisor and technical expert on Member State and industry association review missions.
Organize and manage capacity building projects, including education, training and exercises at the national, regional and international levels to address all the nuclear safety related areas, including safe operation, emergency preparedness and response, and regulatory effectiveness.
Provide expert technical input and maintain / operate nuclear safety information systems such as the Incident Reporting System (IRS), and Incident Reporting System for Research Reactors (IRSRR) and Fuel Incident Notification and Analysis System (FINAS); provide support and relevant expertise for the Incident Emergency System (IES); and participate in associated training events and exercises.
Participate as an active member and IAEA representative in professional meetings, conferences and projects.
Competencies and Expertise
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.
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.
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.
Identifies and builds partnerships. Develops and maintains long lasting partnerships to strengthen relationships. Delivers programmatic outputs and acquires resources in support of Agency goals.
Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.
Function Name Expertise Description
Design Safety Assessment
Review and assessment of nuclear power plant safety. Experience on safety demonstration or licensing process of unique safety characteristics of novel advanced reactors.
Design of Nuclear Power Plants
Nuclear or Mechanical engineering expertise with experience applied in the design or operation of nuclear power plants.
Nuclear Standards, Development and Application
Development or application of regulations, guides or standards in relation to nuclear power plant design or safety assessment.
Safety of Nuclear Power Reactors
Application of defence-in-depth principle in designing nuclear power plant, including innovative reactors, Nuclear Power Plants safety assessment methods and techniques.
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills
An advanced university degree in engineering/physical/nuclear/chemical/mathematical/behavioural science/social psychology or a related field. A first level university degree in engineering/physical/nuclear/chemical/mathematical/behavioural science/social psychology or a related field, with three additional years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Minimum of seven years of relevant experience, of which five years at international level.
Experience applying nuclear safety principles and state-of-the-art nuclear safety techniques.
Experience organizing and leading technical meetings, capacity building missions, and other expert and advisory missions.
Experience drafting and finalizing publication of relevant technical reports guidelines, manuals, publications and other resources.
Experience in international projects an asset, particularly with developing countries.
Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries and the ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural, multi-ethnic 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 $77326 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 36266*, 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/1678304592242