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Radiation Oncologist(P4)


  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medical Doctor
    • Nuclear Technology
  • Closing Date: 2023-12-21

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE\: Please note that the closing date for submission of applications is indicated in local time as per the time zone of the applicant's location.

This is a re-opening of the Vacancy Notice. Candidates who have already submitted their application, do not need to re-submit it again.

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 Division of Human Health is organized into four Sections whose objectives are to enhance the capabilities of Member States to address needs related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of health problems through the development and application of nuclear techniques within a framework of quality assurance.

The Applied Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy Section's primary objective is to enhance Member States' capabilities to establish sound policies concerning radiotherapy and cancer treatment, and to ensure the effective and efficient utilization of current and future advanced cancer radiotherapy treatment technologies. 

Main Purpose

As a member of a team led by the Section Head, the Radiation Oncologist\: (1) coordinates and supports research, provides technical and advisory services and collects, analyses and disseminates information related to radiation therapy as applied to cancer treatment; (2) initiates activities in the field of radiotherapy aiming at upgrading radiotherapy capabilities and research in developing countries to help improve cancer cure rates in safe clinical practice; and (3) develops guidelines, training material and teaching programmes in radiation oncology for developing countries.


The Radiation Oncologist is\: (1) a technical advisor and research coordinator, helping to ensure the efficient and effective development and implementation of research and training; (2) an adviser, providing expertise to the Section, Division and other IAEA staff on programmatic, scientific and technical matters; (3) a team member, striving to improve the team activities and team approach towards providing high quality service and sustainable development in practices and improved cancer care in Member States in the field of radiation oncology.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Develop and implement coordinated research projects related to radiation therapy as applied to cancer treatment, including the evaluation of research contracts, organization of research coordination meetings and the publication of results.
  • Plan and organize scientific and advisory meetings to review current knowledge in radiation oncology and plan for future activities within the field.
  • Develop and implement activities in the field of radiotherapy aiming to upgrade radiotherapy capabilities and research in developing countries to help improve cancer cure rates in safe clinical practice.
  • Support the technical cooperation programme through the evaluation of relevant project requests, the development of work plans, the implementation of expert assignments, training activities, the recommendation of suitable equipment and by participating in missions to IAEA recipient countries.
  • Coordinate work with other national and international organizations and collaborate on joint section/division initiatives and cross-cutting activities.
  • Prepare reports, proceedings and scientific publications on radiation oncology and related activities.
  • Represent the IAEA at international meetings and conferences as required.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies(Competency Framework)

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.
Communication 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.
Teamwork Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition
Analytical thinking Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions.
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
Radiation Medicine Biostatistics and Biometry Understanding of statistical methods used in clinical research
Radiation Medicine Clinical and Radiation Oncology Thorough knowledge of clinical elements of the practice of radiation oncology. Ability to analyse current evidence and to adapt to limited resource settings. Ability to develop educational and training material in clinical/ radiation oncology.
Radiation Medicine Database Operations Understanding and handling of databases
Radiation Medicine Quality Management Thorough knowledge of the elements of a quality management system. Understanding of the link between quality management and patient safety.
Radiation Medicine Radiation Biology Profound understanding of the effects of ionizing radiation in human cells, tissues and organs. Understanding of biological basis of fractionation in radiation therapy.
Radiation Medicine Radiation Medicine Research Profound understanding of the elements of clinical research. Ability to develop research protocols adapted to LMICs. Knowledge of the needs of LMICs in clinical research.
Medical Physics Radiotherapy Physics Profound understanding of physical basis of treatment using EBRT and BT.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Higher Degree - Medical Degree with specialization in Radiation Oncology or Clinical Oncology.
  • Minimum of seven years of recent scientific experience in radiation therapy working in a cancer hospital and/or teaching institution.
  • Experience in clinical research as evidenced by recent publications in the field of specialization.
  • Clinical and administrative experience.
  • Good national and international standing in the area of specialization and association with international societies.
  • Experience in international project management and coordination.
  • 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 $ 35415, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; Other benefits include 6 weeks' annual leave, home leave travel, pension plan and health insurance. More information on the conditions of employment can be found at\: https\://

General Information

  • The IAEA's paramount consideration in the recruitment of staff member is to secure employees of the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity.
  • Staff Members shall be selected without any unfair treatment or arbitrary distinction based on a person's race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, age, language, social origin or other similar shared characteristic or trait.
  • The IAEA is committed to gender equality and to promoting a diverse workforce. Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are strongly 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.
  • The IAEA has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and the IAEA, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.

Evaluation process

  • The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the selection criteria stated in the vacancy announcement. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information. Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise, which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
  • Candidates under serious consideration for selection may be subject to reference and background checks as part of the recruitment process.

Appointment information

  • Appointment is subject to a satisfactory medical report.
  • Staff members may be assigned to any location.
  • Candidates appointed to posts in the Professional and higher categories are subject to IAEA rotation policy and their maximum tour of service shall normally be seven years.
  • 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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