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Medical Radiation Physicist – SSDL Officer (P4)

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Physics and Mathematics
  • Closing Date: 2020-05-07

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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 Division of Human Health is organized into four Sections whose objectives are to enhance the capabilities of Member States to address needs related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of health problems through the development and application of nuclear techniques within a framework of quality assurance.

The Dosimetry and Medical Radiation Physics Section (DMRP) is responsible for quality assurance and metrology in radiation medicine. The Section works closely with clinical colleagues of the Applied Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy Section and the Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging Section. Specifically, DMRP provides technical support in medical physics to ensure the safe and effective applications of nuclear technology in radiotherapy, diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine. It operates the Dosimetry Laboratory located at the Agency's Laboratories, Seibersdorf, and provides a dosimetry calibration service and a dosimetry auditing and verification service for Member States.

Main Purpose

As a member of a team led by the Section Head, the incumbent will be the project officer in charge of the technical work of the IAEA/WHO (World Health Organization) network of Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratories (SSDLs). He/she is expected to keep close contacts with his/her counterpart at the WHO, assess the level of work performance of the SSDLs, and propose and organize activities in order to implement the recommendations of the SSDL Scientific Committee.





The Medical Radiation Physicist – SSDL Officer is\: (1) an operational leader of the IAEA/WHO network of SSDLs; and (2) a manager, supporting research and technical cooperation projects in the field of dosimetry and calibrations.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Review, assess and report on the work performance of about 80 laboratories that are members of the network.
  • Coordinate educational activities in the SSDL network related to dosimetry calibrations and comparisons, and quality management systems.
  • Maintain and update the SSDL databases and the dosimetry calibration and comparison components of the quality management system.
  • Plan and manage calibration and dosimetry comparisons with SSDLs.
  • Prepare and review laboratory procedures and measurements of calibrations and comparisons conducted at the dosimetry laboratory.
  • Manage coordinated research projects in the field of dosimetry and comparisons. Support technical cooperation projects in the field of dosimetry and medical physics.


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
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.
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.



Required Expertise


Function Name Expertise Description
Dosimetry Dosimetry Thorough knowledge of dosimetry standards and codes of practice relevant to diagnostic radiology, radiotherapy and radiation protection. Ability to analyse current dosimetry practice and propose topics which need standardization and guidance.
Metrology Quality Management Sound knowledge of ISO/IEC 17025\:2017 requirements for an integrated QMS pertaining to a dosimetry laboratory performing calibrations and comparisons.
Metrology Secondary Standards Dosimetry Calibration Ability to coordinate and manage calibrations and comparisons for the IAEA SSDL and to manage activities, reporting and communications within the IAEA/WHO SSDL network.



Asset Expertise


Name Expertise Description
Medical Physics Diagnostic Radiology Physics Knowledge of the practice of clinical radiology medical physics.
Medical Physics Radiotherapy Physics Knowledge of the practice of clinical radiotherapy medical physics.



Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Master's Degree - Advanced University degree in Radiation Dosimetry or Medical Radiation Physics.
  • Minimum 7 years' experience in dosimetry and calibration related work, which should include at least 4 years in a primary or secondary standards dosimetry laboratory.
  • Demonstrated experience in quality management system for standards dosimetry laboratories in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025\: 2017.
  • Demonstrated experience in project design, monitoring and implementation.
  • Experience in radiation dosimetry research activities as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $73516 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 33376, 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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