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Clean Laboratory Chemist (P3)

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Security policy
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Engineering
  • Closing Date: 2019-08-28

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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 Environmental Sample Laboratory is responsible for the receipt, screening, analysis and distribution of environmental samples submitted by IAEA safeguards inspector.

Main Purpose

The Clean Laboratory Chemist is responsible for timely analysis of actinide elements in environmental samples using chemical separation methods prior to measurement by mass spectrometric and radiometric techniques, as well as the operation of a radioactive sample preparation laboratory including daily operations and quality control.


The Clean Laboratory Chemist is (1) a team player working with other chemists and laboratory staff in the Environmental Sample Laboratory (ESL) and reporting to the Chemistry Team Leader, and (2) a technical specialist performing complex chemical separations and sample preparation, improving existing procedures, and modifying or devising procedures for new applications.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Responsible for the ESL's sample preparation laboratories including day-to-day operations and quality control.
  • Prepare environmental samples for mass spectrometric measurement and perform quality control measures.
  • Perform environmental quality control in the ESL clean-room and low-level facilities, following all relevant protocols.
  • Report Th, U, Pu, Am and other actinide analysis , as well as other elements upon special request, to the Chemistry Team Leader.
  • Develop new and improve existing methods for ultra-trace analysis of U, Pu, Am and Th in routine and non-routine samples.
  • Prepare Quality Control samples for bulk and particle analysis. The incumbent, in consultation with the Chemistry Team Leader and Laboratory Head, prepares QC samples for the network laboratories by adding known amounts of U, Pu, and Am to typical sample matrices such as swipe materials. High-purity spikes must also be prepared from certified reference materials for use in sample analysis.

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
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.
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.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Chemistry Analytical Chemistry In-depth experience with chemical separation methods for Th, U, Pu and Am .
Chemistry Cleanroom Laboratory Experience in working in ISO Class-5 Cleanroom Laboratories.
Chemistry Radiochemistry Experience with the analysis of actinide and non-actinide radioisotopes using radiometric methods.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Bachelor's Degree in Analytical Chemistry or a related field.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in an analytical laboratory environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing samples for measurement by instrumental techniques such as ICP-MS, alpha and gamma spectrometry, and XRF spectrometry.
  • Experience in using ICP-MS instruments and radiometric equipment would be desirable.
  • Experience in working under a formal quality management system such as ISO-9001 would be desirable.
  • Experience in working with radioactive materials would be 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 $60233 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 24816, 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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