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NDA Systems Engineer (Non-Destructive Assay Section) (P2)

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Security policy
    • Engineering
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2019-11-04

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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 Technical and Scientific Services is responsible for nuclear and other measurement systems applied in verification activities, containment and surveillance techniques and all verification logistics.

The Non-Destructive Assay (NDA) Section consists of the Portable and Resident NDA Team and the Nuclear Security Team. The Section is responsible for the development, provision, testing and calibration of equipment and related data evaluation methodologies for non-destructive assay of radioactive and nuclear materials. In addition, the Section provides expertise, including field support, in the area of application of non-destructive assay to the Department of Safeguards and to the Office of Nuclear Security. The Section also coordinates the review, identification, evaluation and testing of emerging innovative technologies that have potential for future safeguards and nuclear security applications.

Main Purpose

As a team member reporting to the Leader of the NDA Services Team, the NDA Systems Engineer provides professional expertise for the development, testing and deployment of NDA systems including associated software.


The NDA Systems Engineer is\: (1) an engineer, conducting experiments, testing and validations of NDA instrumentation for safeguards verification, (2) a Non Destructive Assay practitioner supporting the deployment in the field of NDA systems for specific applications, and; (3) a technical writer, developing and updating development requirements for safeguards instrumentation, equipment specifications, equipment procedures and other reports.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Under the leadership of more senior engineers, contribute specialized expertise to the completion of development, upgrade or deployment of selected NDA instrumentation.
  • Timely deliver requested support with respect to safeguards equipment, including documentation and reports.
  • Provide expert assistance in the field for the deployment of new or customized NDA instruments or special NDA measurements.
  • Enhance the functionality of safeguards equipment through usability testing and performance evaluations.
  • Prepare quality controlled technical documents, testing and calibration procedures for equipment, and trip reports that detail the field work on NDA instruments.

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
Client orientation Establishes effective relationships with clients to understand and meet or exceed their needs. Finds ways to ensure client satisfaction.
Judgement/decision making Consults with supervisor/manager and makes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules.
Technical/scientific credibility Acquires and applies new skills to remain up to date in his/her area of expertise. Reliably applies knowledge of basic technical/scientific methods and concepts.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Other Technical Engineering Non-destructive Assay Experience using, testing, calibrating and/or maintaining NDA systems for nuclear or radioactive material characterization.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Bachelor's Degree - University degree in Nuclear Engineering, Applied Physics, Physics, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science.
  • At least 2 years of work experience in the development, deployment, production and/or use of nuclear NDA instrumentation including demonstrated experience in at least two of the relevant areas listed below\:
    - Developing or using computerized radiation transport simulations, such as Monte Carlo simulations, applied to the design and calibration of NDA instruments;
    - Designing, developing and implementing NDA instruments with emphasis on gamma spectrometry;
    - Preparing accurate documentation of development and implementation work.
  • Experience in mechanical engineering or programming would be a valuable assets for the position and team.

  • Experience in project management would be an asset for the position.

  • 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 $47322 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 18787, 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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