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Nuclear Physicist (Research Reactors)(P3)


  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Physics and Mathematics
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
  • Closing Date: Closed

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. Candidates who already applied do not need to re-submit another application.

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 Physical and Chemical Sciences is responsible for assisting and advising Member States in research and development for the nuclear sciences, especially the physical and chemical sciences. Specifically, the Division provides support to Member States in the following fields\: production of radioisotopes and radiolabelled products for applications in health care and industry; radiation source applications; research reactor utilization; applications of accelerators and nuclear instrumentation; nuclear and atomic data for applications; controlled nuclear fusion and isotope hydrology and geochemistry.The Physics Section is responsible for planning and implementing activities in the areas of (i) effective utilization of research reactors, (ii) fostering relevant research and development and applications using particle accelerators and related instrumentation, and (iii) plasma physics and fusion, in order to enable Member States to avail themselves of the benefits of nuclear sciences and technologies. It operates the Nuclear Science and Instrumentation Laboratory, located at the Agency's Laboratories in Seibersdorf, which assists laboratories in Member States to improve the effective utilization of nuclear spectrometry and related instrumentation by providing technical advice, training, calibration services, assistance with the modification and development of nuclear instruments and with new applications of nuclear spectrometry techniques in various fields, including energy related applications, environmental monitoring, industry, and the study of cultural heritage objects.

Main Purpose

As a key team member reporting to the Section Head, the Nuclear Physicist (Research Reactors) implements projects and supports international cooperation in the development of research reactor-based techniques and applications, and fosters exchange of scientific results among the various partners. Additionally, she/he supports Member States through advice on the role and utilization of research reactors by fostering collaborations among various stakeholders, including academia and industry.


The Nuclear Physicist (Research Reactors) is\: (1) a team member, formulating, developing, organizing and implementing the IAEA's activities on utilization and applications of research reactors; and (2) a specialist, coordinating research through coordinated research projects, evaluating and implementing technical cooperation projects and helping Member States make best use of different types of research reactors as well as related instrumentation for various applications including capacity building.

Functions / Key Results Expected

• Organize and implement activities (coordinated research projects, thematic meetings, workshops) to support emerging promising applications of research reactors.
• Serve as scientific secretary in Technical Meetings and Research Coordination Meetings and support cross-cutting IAEA activities related to research reactors, including the organization of the IAEA Research Reactor Conference, as well as participate in other meetings as necessary.
• Compile, or coordinate the preparation of, proceedings or technical reports and documents. Ensure the quality and timely updating of the IAEA's neutron source and neutron instrumentation databases.
• Evaluate and identify novel/existing techniques for utilizing research reactors in bringing the benefits of nuclear science and technology to the Member States.
• Evaluate and recommend proposals for the award of research contracts and technical cooperation projects in the above fields.
• Provide technical advice for technical cooperation projects with relevance to research reactor utilization and applications.

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   Commitment to continuous process improvement Plans and executes activities in the context of quality and risk management and identifies opportunities for process, system and structural improvement, as well as improving current practices. Analyses processes and procedures, and proposes improvements.   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       Physics Nuclear Instrumentation Experience in nuclear instrumentation relevant to detection of neutrons, gamma spectrometry techniques and related applications       Physics Nuclear Physics Good knowledge of nuclear physics or nuclear engineering with emphasis on utilization and applications of research reactors       Management and Programme Analysis Project Management Expertise in developing and implementing projects on establishment of neutron facilities, accelerator or research reactor based

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master's Degree - Nuclear physics, nuclear engineering or related field. PhD in nuclear physics, nuclear engineering or related field is an asset.

• Minimum five years of combined professional experience at the national/international level in the applications of neutron based nuclear techniques and methods, with emphasis on research and applications with research reactors.
• Familiarity with the requirements in developing countries and/or collaboration with research reactor users in developing countries.
• Proven skills in writing technical reports and research papers.
• Experience in organizing technical meetings/workshops and training courses is desirable.
• Excellent oral and written command of English. Experience in technical writing in English for producing and reviewing scientific and/or technical documents in the subject area; Knowledge of any other official IAEA language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) 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 $64121 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 38344, 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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