Associate Statistical Data Analyst, Vienna, Austria
Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria
Closing date: Monday, 10 April 2023
Associate Statistical Data Analyst(P2)
( 2023/0166 (018658) )
Organization: SGIM-Nuclear Fuel Cycle Analysis Section
Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters
Job Posting: 2023-03-08, 7:53:58 AM
Contract Type : Fixed Term
Probation Period : 1 Year
Full Competitive Recruitment : Yes
The Department of Safeguards carries out the IAEA’s duties and responsibilities as the world’s nuclear inspectorate, supporting global efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. The primary role of the Department is to develop and implement IAEA safeguards to ensure that there is no diversion of declared nuclear material from peaceful activities and no indications of undeclared nuclear material or activities in a State as a whole.
The Department comprises nuclear safeguards inspectors, responsible for carrying out inspections and verifications of all-safeguards relevant information for nuclear facilities in over 180 States; and technical staff responsible for a wide range of activities including: developing concepts and approaches for implementing safeguards; developing and maintaining safeguards equipment; providing analytical and laboratory services for sample analysis; collecting, evaluating and analysing safeguards-relevant information; providing information and communication technology infrastructure and services; and providing programme coordination support.
The Division of Information Management (SGIM) implements state of the art methodologies and techniques for the collection, processing and analysis of a range of safeguards-relevant information, including declarations submitted by States, evaluations resulting from the analysis of samples or measurements collected during infield activities, and information from open sources, including nuclear trade-related data and satellite imagery. Staff perform data validation and complex information analysis and evaluation to support infield activities and provide key input to the State evaluation process.
Reporting to the Team Leader, the Associate Statistical Data Analyst contributes to the team’s work in providing statistical findings as input to Departmental evaluation activities. The Associate Statistical Data Analyst processes and evaluates data from the laboratory analysis of environmental samples and measurements taken during in-field verification activities carried out by IAEA inspectors in States. Data is then compared with declarations submitted by the States with the aim of identifying any discrepancies or areas for follow up. This involves interesting data analysis, the use and development of statistical models and methodologies, and contributions to recommendations and reports.
The Associate Statistical Data Analyst evaluates complex data using a variety of tools and techniques. He/she contributes to the process of evaluating States‘ compliance to their agreements with the IAEA by performing data evaluations related to nuclear materials, identifying inconsistencies, and recommending follow up actions.
Functions / Key Results Expected
Contribute to the evaluation and analysis of data from a variety of sources, including States‘ nuclear material accounting reports and data collected by nuclear safeguards inspectors during inspections and visits to nuclear facilities.
Perform quality checks for accuracy, consistency and completeness of data and conduct follow up actions to resolve issues or inconsistencies.
Evaluate and compare data using statistical evaluation tools to identify, analyse and interpret trends and patterns in complex datasets.
Contribute to recommendations to nuclear safeguards inspectors and State or regional authorities (SRAs) and plant operators for improving the performance of their measurement and accounting systems.
Collaborate with stakeholders to improve data flows and data quality, including providing guidance for optimizing infield data collection activities at nuclear facilities.
Contribute to developing, testing and improving statistical methods and quantitative models for data analysis.
Contribute to continuous improvement initiatives by participating in the development, testing, and implementation of statistical databases.
Participate in conferences, seminars and training programmes to brief recipients on the team’s area of competency.
Support nuclear safeguards inspectors for infield activities at nuclear facilities or sites as required.
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
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 makes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules.
Able to remain calm in emotionally charged situations. Accepts constructive feedback in a positive manner and is able to cope with setbacks.
Acquires and applies new skills to remain up to date in his/her area of expertise. Reliably applies knowledge of basic technical/scientific methods and concepts.
Function Name Expertise Description
Advanced Statistical Methods
Knowledge of applying statistical techniques, concepts and modelling tools to analyse data and identify patterns and trends.
Competence in performing mathematical analysis of measurement-related data, in particular for the calculation of measurement uncertainties.
Function Name Expertise Description
Nuclear Fuel Cycle/Nuclear Facilities
Knowledge of the operational characteristics and nuclear material encountered in major types of nuclear fuel cycle facilities.
Nuclear Material Accounting
Knowledge of the principles of nuclear material accounting and State reporting obligations for nuclear material accountancy data.
Experience in software development or maintenance, in particular for mathematical/statistical, scientific, and/or data visualization applications.
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills
University degree in mathematics. statistics, engineering, physics, chemistry, computer science or a related discipline.
Minimum of two years of relevant work experience as a statistical data analyst.
Experience in statistical measurement error estimation and propagation is an asset.
Experience with data analysis languages (especially SQL, R, and Python) 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 $50377 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 23627*, 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/1678304604025