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  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Monaco
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2019-08-19

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Research Scientist (Biogeochemistry)(Radioecology Lab)(P4)

Monaco (Monaco)

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 IAEA Environment Laboratories Division consists of four laboratories, three of which are located in Monaco and one in Seibersdorf. The Division supports Member States in enhancing their capacity to use nuclear and isotopic techniques to understand marine, terrestrial and atmospheric environmental processes and dynamics, and to identify and address environmental problems caused by radioactive and non-radioactive pollutants and climate change.The Radioecology Laboratory's mission is to improve knowledge about the behaviour and fate of radionuclides and other contaminants in the environment, with a particular emphasis on the biosphere. It aims to assist and enhance Member States' capabilities in the field of radioecology and its applications to ecotoxicology and biogeochemistry

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Radioecology Laboratory (REL) Head, the Research Scientist ensures the development and participation in international projects to better understand marine biogeochemical cycles, as well as the organization and coordination of the laboratory activities in the assessment of the carbon cycling in the oceans. Also, he/she contributes to REL studies applying nuclear techniques to understand coastal processes and environmental changes and the biomonitoring of contaminants.


The Research Scientist is\: (1) a programme developer and implementer, contributing to the fostering of collaborations with external institutes and organizations to develop international and multidisciplinary projects in the specific area of carbon cycle in the ocean; (2) a technical officer, providing scientific and technical input to developing, planning and implementing complex Technical Co-operation Projects; and (3) a project officer, coordinating and evaluating complex coordinated research projects (CRPs) aimed at promoting nuclear analytical techniques of a high quality in support of marine environmental research.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Provide technical expertise and assist the Laboratory Head in planning and implementing the programme in the specific area of carbon cycling, coastal processes and climate/environmental change, and the biomonitoring of contaminants.
  • Develop, plan and execute research on the marine biogeochemical cycles.
  • Plan and organize field and laboratory activities to monitor and assess marine biogeochemical cycles and the flux of contaminants and biomarkers.
  • Develop and expand the use of natural radionuclides as a tool to study marine biogeochemical cycles.
  • Prepare and write scientific reports and publications on the biogeochemical cycle of carbon and the export of carbon as well as of inorganic and organic elements in the ocean; represent the IAEA-EL in meetings and at conferences
  • Supervise, instruct and guide consultants, research assistants, technical assistants and trainees in the laboratory and on research cruises
  • Provide scientific and technical support to Technical Co-operation Projects, in particular to regional and inter-regional projects aiming to harmonize methodologies and strategies in the area of marine environmental studies using nuclear and associated techniques.
  • Provide support to the network of marine laboratories.

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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Bioscience Biogeochemistry Proven and extensive practical experience in oceanography and/or marine biogeochemistry
Environment Environmental Radiotracer Techniques Proven experience in and knowledge of nuclear and isotopic techniques in marine biogeochemistry
Training Training Implementation Expertise in preparation of educational training material and in conducting training

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Advanced university degree in chemical oceanography, marine biogeochemistry or a related field. A PhD in chemistry, marine science or a related field would be a significant asset.
  • At least seven years of professional experience in marine biogeochemistry and the application of radiotracer techniques to marine studies.
  • Experience in managing national and international programmes.
  • Experience in managing scientific and technical staff as well as scientific research projects.
  • Extensive experience/exposure at international level in the area of work.
  • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals.
  • 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 $72637 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 33268, 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

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