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Nuclear Security Officer (Equipment and Instrumentation)(P3)


  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Security and Safety
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
  • Closing Date: 2024-04-28

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 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 nuclear security.

The Division of Nuclear Security (NSNS) is responsible for establishing, coordinating and implementing the IAEA's nuclear security programme to protect against, detect and respond to criminal acts or acts of nuclear terrorism and threats thereof. NSNS comprises four Sections\:

•Nuclear Security of Materials Outside of Regulatory Control Section
•Nuclear Security of Materials and Facilities Section
•Information Management Section
•Programme Development and International Cooperation Section

The Nuclear Security of Materials Outside of Regulatory Control Section (MORC) is responsible, upon request, to assist States, for activities that assist States in establishing and maintaining nuclear security systems and measures for the prevention and detection of, and response to, nuclear and other radioactive material outside of regulatory control. These activities include developing nuclear security guidance that is consistent with the relevant binding and non-binding international instruments, as well as providing assistance, upon request, to States in implementing the nuclear security framework. In addition to the development of nuclear security guidance, the Section conducts the International Nuclear Security Security Advisory Service (INSServ) and expert missions, upon request, to help States to establish and maintain effective nuclear security regimes, provides training activities, develops methodologies, and assists in security upgrades relating to nuclear and radioactive material detection and response capabilities. The Section implements Coordinated Research Projects and technical meetings in the field of nuclear security of material out of regulatory control, assists Member States in the implementation of nuclear security measures to support Major Public Events, and organizes a large number of evaluation missions, training courses and workshops, and convenes technical meetings for methodology development.

The Nuclear Security Detection Architecture Unit is responsible for performing activities related to the detection of nuclear and other radioactive material, which is out of regulatory control, focusing on supporting States to develop their national nuclear security detection architectures. The Unit supports States’ efforts to establish strategies, design and implementation of detection operations, concepts of operation, evaluations and exercises, human resource development activities and sustainability strategies. The Unit has responsibility for the development and review of Nuclear Security Series publications dedicated to the detection of MORC and the development and implementation of training activities based on that guidance. The Unit also has responsibility for the NSNS Detection Equipment Laboratory.

Main Purpose

Under the supervision and guidance of the Section Head and the Senior Nuclear Security Officer, the Nuclear Security Officer (Equipment and Instrumentation) provides technical assistance for procurement, acceptance testing, and delivery and installation of equipment, as well as demonstration and training of front-line officers on the proper use of equipment. The Nuclear Security Officer (Equipment and Instrumentation) ensures the storage and the maintenance and sustainability of the IAEA detection equipment pool used for training purposes or during Major Public Events.


The Nuclear Security Officer (Equipment and Instrumentation) acts as 1) a task officer, implementing nuclear security projects related to the application of radiation instruments/techniques for detection and response to criminal and unauthorized acts involving nuclear and other radioactive material and 2) a technical specialist, preparing specifications, supervising and performing the acceptance testing of equipment acquired for donation or loan to Member States, evaluating bids for procurement, and coordinating maintenance activities with the suppliers of equipment, 3) a technical expert on the concept of operations and equipment adaptation, site engineering survey and technical site layout design documentation participating to Coordinated Research Project, 4) a trainer, conducting training activities on operation and maintenance of equipment.

Functions / Key Results Expected

The Nuclear Security Officer (Equipment and Instrumentation) contributes to the programmatic goal to improve global security of nuclear material and other radioactive material, nuclear facilities, locations and transport. To do so, the incumbent assists the Division of Nuclear Security in the implementation of the programme for strengthening Member States' abilities to detect and respond to criminal and unauthorized acts involving nuclear and other radioactive material. In particular\:

• Draft and prepare procurement specifications, evaluate bids, develop and implement acceptance test procedures for portable and fixed installed equipment, for equipment purchased by the Division of Nuclear Security for donation purposes.
• Draft site layout design documentation for fixed radiation monitoring equipment
• Ensure timely acceptance testing of acquired equipment, monitor delivery and support installation of equipment.
• Conduct training events on instruments/techniques for combating illicit trafficking in Member States; develop and deliver lecture material for training events on equipment used to detect illicit trafficking activities and for identifying and characterizing any seized material.
• Conduct training events and advices mission to enhance the Nuclear Security Support Center capabilities in maintenance of portable and fixed installed equipment
• Coordinate maintenance activities with the suppliers of equipment and with member States.

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

Core Competencies(Competency Framework)

Name Definition
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.
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.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition
Judgement/decision making 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.
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
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Physics Metrology Ability to calibrate radiation detection instrument and test radioactive sources.
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Physics Nuclear Instrumentation Excellent skills in advance use and maintain radiation detection equipment.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Bachelor's Degree - University degree in nuclear physics/ Electronic / Instrumental sciences or other relevant field.

Minimum five years of relevant work experience in detection and characterization of nuclear and radioactive materials, preferably related to the combat of illicit trafficking. Experience, and practical training in areas relevant to detecting nuclear and other radioactive material.

Experience in evaluating and implementing various types of radiation detection equipment (gamma ray detectors\: scintillation detectors - CsI, NaI, LaBr3, Li-6I, plastic; semiconductor detectors - HPGe, CdZnTe; neutron detectors\: He-3 proportional counters, Li-6I).
Experience in testing radiation detection equipment, preferably portable and fixed installed monitoring equipment.
Experience in developing, refining, and revising specifications and test procedures for radiation detection equipment and site layout design documentation, preferably for equipment related to fixed and mobile radiation monitoring at designated or undesignated point of control.
Experience in developing and delivering lectures and presentations regarding radiation detection technologies, preferably related to border monitoring and their uses.
Knowledge of gamma ray spectroscopy, particularly isotope identification (both with semiconductor and scintillation detectors).

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 $64121 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 36485, 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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