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Technical Lead (Research Reactor Op, Maintenance %26 FC)(P5)

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-07-07

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Organizational Setting

The objective of the Department of Nuclear Energy (NE) is to foster the efficient and safe use of nuclear power by supporting interested Member States in\: improving the performance of nuclear power plants, the nuclear fuel cycle, and the management of nuclear wastes; catalysing innovation in nuclear power and fuel cycle technologies; developing indigenous capabilities around the world for national energy planning; deploying new nuclear power plants; preserving and disseminating nuclear information and knowledge; and advancing science and industry through improved operation of research reactors.

The department has a dynamic, participative and interactive operating environment with inputs received from the Board of Governors, the General Conference, policy and decision-makers, and technical counterparts in Member States and the international development community.


The Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology (NEFW) comprises the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials Section, the Waste Technology Section, the Decommissioning & Environmental Remediation Section and the Research Reactor Section. The Division seeks to support Member States in building their capacity to access technologies, to share good practices and to develop safe and effective approaches across all aspects of research reactors, nuclear fuel cycle, decommissioning, radioactive waste management and environmental remediation.


The Research Reactor Section (RRS) assists Member States in every stage of the research reactor life cycle\: from the initial decision to build a research reactor, including the development of the national supporting infrastructure, to ensuring safe and sustainable operation, including long-term operation, spent fuel management, effective utilization, to preparation for decommissioning and disposal of spent nuclear fuel. The Section also promote and facilitate Member States’ access to research reactors for nuclear capacity building and, upon request, assist Member States in minimizing the use of Highly Enriched Uranium for research reactors’ fuels and applications. The Section works with Member States individually, regionally, and in international coalitions to carry out its activities.


Main Purpose

As a member of the section, and reporting to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials Section Head, the Technical Lead (Research Reactor Operation, Maintenance & fuel cycle) manages project activities including gathering and disseminating good practices on research reactor commissioning, operation, refurbishment, and modernization, improving research reactor utilization and integrated management system, fostering the establishment of partnerships and networks aimed at improving operation and utilization standards of research reactors, assisting in planning and building of new national and regional research reactors and helping Member States to cope with their research reactor fuel cycle issues. The Technical Lead (Research Reactor Operation, Maintenance & Fuel Cycle) also coordinates development and formulation of research reactor-related technical reports including guidance and best practice documents.


Role

The Technical Lead (Research Reactor Operation, Maintenance and Fuel Cycle) is\: (1 ) a substantive expert, managing complex projects and relationships with other agencies, and a coordinator of project activities with other professionals in the Section and Division, ensuring that projects are developed and implemented in the most efficient and effective manner in line with quality management standards and the results-based approach; (2) a technical officer responsible for providing technical support to the IAEA's technical cooperation programme on specific aspects of research reactors; (3) adviser to the Director, Section Head other senior staff, and Member States representatives on project-related, scientific, and technical issues relating to specific aspects of research reactors; and (4) a facilitator of cooperation with other organizations and with other divisions/departments in the IAEA dealing with similar areas of work.


Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Arrange and conduct consultants' meetings, technical meetings, conferences, symposia, seminars and other scientific meetings in the field of research reactor strategic and business planning, institutional arrangements for possible regional and international research reactor coalitions, networks and shared-user facilities, research reactor ageing management, research reactor refurbishment and modernization, research reactor operation; research reactor analysis and modelling, planning and building of new national and regional facilities, and support research reactor fuel cycle and materials, conversion of research reactors from HEU to LEU and return of research reactor spent nuclear fuel to its country of origin.
  • Prepare technical documents and reports in the field of research reactor commissioning, research reactor operation, research reactor ageing management, research reactor refurbishment and modernization, research reactor analysis and modelling, institutional arrangements for possible regional and international research reactor coalitions, networks and shared-user facilities, planning and building of new national and regional facilities, and contribute to technical documents on infrastructure development.
  • Oversee activities on research reactor fuel cycle and materials, conversion of research reactors from HEU to LEU and return of research reactor spent nuclear fuel to its country of origin.
  • Contribute or manage e-tools such as research reactor information hub, e-Learning, data bases.
  • Provide technical assistance to Member States through relevant technical cooperation projects.
  • Liaise and interact with Permanent Missions, organizations in Member States and NGOs on planning, funding, and implementation of operational projects related to all aspects of research reactors.
  • Collaborate with members of the Section, Division, other Divisions, international organizations and Member States in areas of mutual interest.

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
 
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.
 
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
     
Nuclear Engineering Project Management Expertise in coordination of project activities and managing of complex projects.
     
Nuclear Engineering Research Reactor Operation and Maintenance Research reactor design, commissioning, operation and maintenance, including ageing management, research reactor refurbishment and modernization, conversion of research reactors from HEU to LEU.
     
Nuclear Engineering Research Reactors Research reactor analysis and modelling, planning and building of new national and regional facilities, research reactor fuel cycle and materials.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Master's Degree - Advanced University degree in Nuclear Engineering or a related technical degree.

Minimum 10 years' working experience in the subject area, including at least 2 years at international level, particularly in design of new research reactors, research reactor commissioning, research reactor management, research reactor operation, research reactor modernization and refurbishment, project management and coordination.
Experience in fuel cycle, research reactor modelling and analysis, research reactor infrastructure development would be an asset.
 


Remuneration

The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $88162 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 35441, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance


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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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