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Vienna | Vienna | IAEA Headquarters

Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards (SG) 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 three Offices\: the Office for Verification in Iran, 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 Office of Safeguards Analytical Services (SGAS) is responsible for the analysis of nuclear material and environmental swipe samples, as well as the coordination of logistics and the Network of Analytical Laboratories (NWAL). Located about 45 km south of Vienna in Seibersdorf, the Office is organized into three sections\: the Nuclear Material Laboratory, including the On-Site Laboratory (OSL) in Japan, the Environmental Sample Laboratory and the Coordination and Support Section.

The Coordination and Support Section is responsible for the planning and coordination of the analytical services, the NWAL, quality management and technical support (including IT support and the mechanical workshop) within the Office of Safeguards Analytical Services. It is also responsible for providing the relevant reports.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Team Leader, the Statistician is responsible for the application of appropriate statistical tools in support of the SGAS mission. This includes the effective and efficient assessment of quality of analytical results produced by the NWAL, including the Safeguards Analytical Laboratories. The Statistician advises SGAS management and laboratory staff on statistical methodologies and best practices regarding estimation of measurement uncertainty, development of quality control charts, and method validation, and is responsible for the design, implementation, evaluation, reporting and consolidation of results of appropriate proficiency tests and inter-laboratory comparisons of the NWAL.


The Statistician is \: 1) an expert supporting the design of the NWAL quality assurance / quality control programmes based on sound statistical methodologies and compliant with international standards and International Target Values, 2) a technical specialist supporting the statistical analysis of data produced by NWAL by implementation of statistical models, evaluation, reporting and consolidation of quality assurance results, 3) an advisor on maintaining a high proficiency of analytical services in the NWAL, and 4) a focal point for statistics-related issues within SGAS in general and specifically for the laboratories.

Functions / Key Results Expected

• Design, implement, evaluate and report on the results of appropriate quality assurance measures (such as proficiency tests) to demonstrate satisfactory performance of the NWAL.

• Consolidate results and perform meta-analysis of proficiency tests and other quality assurance measures, to aid in planning of the safeguards sample analysis QA/QC programme.

• Develop and maintain quality control charting applications in the Nuclear Material and Environmental Sample Laboratories, review and update the QC charts using appropriate statistical tools.

• Provide guidance on statistical measures required to improve quality of sample analysis (e.g. methodology for determination of uncertainty budgets, experimental design for method validation).

• Monitor the quality of analytical results provided by the NWAL.


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
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.
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
Statistics Advanced Statistical Methods Knowledge of statistical theory and application in\: Statistical Quality Control, Experimental Design, Statistical Computing, Uncertainty Propagation and Model Diagnostics.
Information Technology Data Analysis In depth knowledge and experience with the R statistical programming language.
Safeguards Quality Management of Analytical Measurement Experience with use of statistics in quality management context (e.g. ISO 9001, ISO 17025) and with statistical topics covered in international standards 5725, 7870, 13528 and JCGM 100
Safeguards Uncertainty Quantification Experience with the use of the GUM approach to estimate measurement uncertainty as well as methods to estimate detection limits.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Chemistry Analytical Chemistry Experience working in chemometrics, analytical chemistry is desirable. Experience working with data from analytical techniques for characterization of solids in mass spectrometry is desirable

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

• Bachelor's Degree - University degree statistics in or a related discipline

• Advanced university degree in statistics or a related discipline would be an asset.

• Minimum of five years of working experience in applied statistics, preferably in a laboratory environment.

• Experience with international safeguards and international organizations an asset.

• Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Chinese, French and Russian) is an asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $58583 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 21207, 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 | Vienna | IAEA Headquarters
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Energy sector
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Internal audit and inspection
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Security policy
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2017-07-24

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