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Safeguards Information Analyst (Environmental Sampling)(P4)

Vienna | IAEA Headquarters

Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards is the organizational hub for the implementation of IAEA safeguards. The IAEA implements nuclear verification activities for some 180 States in accordance with their safeguards agreements. The safeguards activities are undertaken within a dynamic and technically challenging environment including advanced nuclear fuel cycle facilities and complemented by the political diversity of the countries.

The Department of Safeguards consists of six Divisions\: three Operations Divisions\: A, B and C, for the implementation of verification activities around the world; three Technical Divisions\: Division of Concepts and Planning, Division of Information Management, and Division of Technical and Scientific Services; as well as two Offices\: the Office of Safeguards Analytical Services and the Office of Information and Communication Services.

The main objective of the Department is to maintain and further develop an effective and efficient verification system in order to draw independent, impartial and timely safeguards conclusions, thus providing credible assurances to the international community that States are in compliance with their safeguards obligations. The departmental operating environment is interactive, participative and dynamic with continuous inputs received from the Board of Governors, the General Conference, policy- and decision-makers, as well as counterparts in Member States and in the international development community.

The Division of Information Management comprises four Sections and provides the Department of Safeguards with data processing services, secure information distribution, information analysis and knowledge generation necessary to draw independent, impartial and soundly based safeguards conclusions.

Main Purpose

Under the supervision of the Section Head and the Unit Head, to contribute to the Agency's overall objective to maintain and further develop an effective and efficient verification system through the further expansion and implementation of the environmental sampling programme for safeguards.


The Safeguards Data Analyst is a specialist, providing comprehensive advice on more efficient and effective methods of implementation of environmental sampling; a team member, collaborating with colleagues to identify the best methods for sound and timely interpretation and evaluation of analysis results from environmental samples.

Functions / Key Results Expected

The Safeguards Data Analyst contributes directly to the Agency's ability to draw timely, soundly-based safeguards conclusions through, inter alia, the timely acquisition and processing of reports and declarations, obtaining satisfactory and timely responses to questions regarding the correctness and completeness of State declarations, and the timely implementation of Safeguards strengthening measures. In particular, the incumbent\:

Evaluates NWAL analytical results for forensic nuclear significance of material present on environmental samples collected by Safeguards Inspectors and prepares reports for Operations on the results of such evaluations. These evaluations are a critical component required for the preparation of State Evaluation Reports and address completeness of Member States' declarations concerning their nuclear materials and activities.

Participates in the planning of environmental sample collections, contributes to the improvements in sampling procedures and sample processing, as well as to the implementation of environmental sampling under the Additional Protocol and procedures related to illicit trafficking. This directly contributes to a more efficient and effective verification system by optimizing the value and timeliness of environmental sampling.

Serves as Task Officer for Member State Support Programme tasks to investigate, develop, and/or improve analytical methods, sampling procedures or strategies, QA/QC measures, evaluation approaches, etc. The reports, recommendations, and measures adopted as a result of these tasks enable the Agency to improve its ability to draw timely, soundly-based safeguards conclusions, as well as enhance its ability to detect undeclared nuclear material and activities.

Performs safeguards inspections, carries out complementary access and undertakes other in-field verification activities. Direct participation and assistance with safeguards inspections fosters mutual understanding of both the needs and constraints of inspectors as well as IDS' recommendations for quality environmental sample collections.

Designs, implements and utilizes nuclear fuel cycle modeling tools. Contributes to the improved accuracy and timeliness of inspection sample evaluations and serves to better understand and focus environmental sampling activities such as those taken during Complementary Access under the Additional Protocol.

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

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
Knowledge sharing and learning Actively seeks learning opportunities and actively shares knowledge and information with others; shares specialized knowledge, skills and learning from experience across different situations and contexts effectively.
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.
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.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Information Technology Data Analysis Understand Environmental Sampling (ES) data loading and reporting process to be able to prepare reporting templlates and tools needed for ES report and SER input. Able to make and modify Oracle database queries and manage processing scripts.
Nuclear Science Nuclear Sciences and Applications Understand Environmental Sampling evaluation process, scientific background and measurement technologies (HRGS, LG-SIMS, FT-TIMS, bulk analysis, impurity analysis)

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master's Degree - in Chemistry, Physics, Nuclear Engineering or a related discipline

At least 7 years experience as a nuclear fuel cycle analyst.

Experience with nuclear fuel cycle modeling methodologies and computer codes.

Experience in performing uranium enrichment calculations and reactor fuel burn up calculations for various reactor types (research reactors, plutonium production reactors, light water power reactors and fast breeder reactors).

Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, 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 $70647 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 25009, 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

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna | IAEA Headquarters
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Security policy
    • Energy sector
    • Internal audit and inspection
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Nuclear Technology
  • Closing Date: 2017-05-05

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