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Section Head (Applied Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy)(P5)


  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2024-02-29

This is a re-opening of the vacancy. Candidates who already applied do not need to re-submit another application.

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.

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 team leader reporting to the Director of the Division of Human Health, the Section Head (Applied Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy) initiates, manages, coordinates and supervises IAEA projects in Human Health in the field of radiation oncology and cancer treatment, in line with the strategic goals of the Division, through efficient management of human and financial resources.


The Section Head (Applied Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy) is\: (1) a team leader and manager of a group of approximately 6 staff members (radiation oncologists and a radiobiologist), ensuring the efficient and effective development and implementation of the Applied Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy Section's activities; (2) an adviser to the Director on programmatic, scientific, and technical issues in the relevant fields, (3) a coordinator of the Section's technical support to the IAEA's Coordinated Research Programme as well as the technical cooperation programme in the relevant fields; and; (4) a facilitator of inter- and intra-Agency cooperation with other scientific and medical organizations and with other Divisions/Departments in the IAEA within the programmatic responsibilities in question.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Plan, develop, and implement the subprogramme on radiation oncology and cancer treatment in line with the strategic goals of the Division, the results-based framework, and the expressed needs of Member States, including identifying Member States' needs, developing programme and budget proposals, coordinating staff activities, and monitoring and assessing programme performance.
  • Initiate and implement research and development projects and provide technical guidance to Member States with respect to improving the quality of radiation therapy.
  • Coordinate and provide technical support to coordinated research projects and technical cooperation projects in the subject area, with the aim of establishing a wide outreach and practical implementation of the IAEA's programme in Member States.
  • Manage the Section's coordinated technical inputs to the PACT programme and coordinate activities with medical physics and nuclear medicine/diagnostic imaging sections for an integrated approach.
  • Broaden and deepen the field of knowledge by organizing scientific meetings, prepare scientific programmes and serve as scientific secretary for such meetings, and prepare and/or edit/review reports, manuals, proceedings and other scientific publications.
  • Represent the IAEA at international meetings and conferences and coordinate the activities of the Section with other international organizations, committees and scientific societies. 

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies(Competency Framework)

Name Definition
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.
Communication 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.
Teamwork 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.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition
Analytical thinking Applies business analytics to establish programme priorities. Makes rational judgements from the available information and analysis.
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
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 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

  • At least an advanced university degree in Medicine, specializing in radiation oncology (radiotherapy). A PhD in medical science is an asset.
  • At least 10 years' experience after specialization, including working in a cancer centre or department.
  • Experience in staff supervision, leadership and team building, as well as in managing and budgeting scientific projects or clinical activities.
  • Experience in and affinity with clinical radiobiology and medical oncology (chemotherapy).
  • Experience in participative management.
  • Recognized scientific status, demonstrable through recent international refereed publications and invited presentations at international radiation oncology events. Experience in clinical trial research and Global health organization 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 $92731 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 43769, 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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