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Nuclear Engineer (INPRO Methodology) (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
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Engineering
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-13

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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 Power comprises the Nuclear Power Engineering Section, the Nuclear Power Technology Development Section, the Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section and the INPRO (International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles) Section. The Division provides core engineering, technological, human resource development and management support to interested Member States in the field of nuclear power.

The INPRO Section implements and coordinates the activities of the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles. The Section assists Member States in analysis of global and regional nuclear energy scenarios, in building and assessment of sustainable national long term nuclear energy strategies, in cooperation on selected technical and institutional innovations and in fostering strategic dialogue between nuclear technology holders and users on these subjects.

Main Purpose

Within the INPRO Section, the Nuclear Engineer (INPRO Methodology) reports to the Section Head. The primary technical focus is to be Task Leader for INPRO Task 3\: Sustainability Assessment and Strategies. In that role, they assist the Section Head in management and leadership of the Task and plan and implement Task 3, including the implementation of services to Member States involving self-assessment of sustainability of nuclear energy systems using the INPRO Methodology. The Methodology is used as part of Member State planning activities for development of national nuclear energy strategy. Task 3 is also responsible to organize efforts to complete updates and revisions to the INPRO Methodology when required.


The Nuclear Engineer (INPRO Methodology) is\: (1) a Task Leader, assisting the Section Head in management and leadership of the Sustainability Assessment and Strategies Task; (2) a programme developer and implementer, further integrating the INPRO Subprogramme through development of INPRO’s sustainability assessment services; (3) a Scientific Secretary, planning and leading Consultancy, Technical and Training Meetings; (4) a technical expert contributor, directly developing INPRO's sustainability assessment methodology and related published materials, training materials, software to assist in performance of assessments, and contributes to the Section’s related online outreach capabilities (web-based resources) and printed outreach and promotional materials; (5) a facilitator and coordinator of cooperation with other Sections, Divisions, and Departments in the IAEA dealing with related areas of work.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Plan and implement the IAEA's activities in methodology development for nuclear energy system (NES) sustainability assessment and in provision of services (including training) to Member States performing self-assessments using the INPRO Methodology.
  • Initiates, plans and conducts Consultancy and Technical Meetings for Member States to review and discuss the status and progress achieved in the further development of the INPRO Methodology and related tools.
  • Develops technical guidelines, documents and technical reports on important aspects of the IAEA's INPRO Subprogramme and updates and revises IAEA publications in the various INPRO Methodology related subject areas.
  • Maintain, update and upgrade information, capabilities and tools resident in the INPRO Methodology “Support Package”.
  • Provide authoritative information, advice, guidance to, and maintain effective contacts with, countries starting and performing NES assessments and national nuclear energy strategy planning.
  • Ensure the continued high standing and recognition of the IAEA in the technical community by representing the IAEA at international meetings as required.
  • Cooperate and coordinate with other IAEA Sections and Divisions and with other international organizations on topics of mutual interest and provide assistance, as required, in other activities of the Division, the Department and to other IAEA Departments on subjects of relevance to INPRO.


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 Nuclear Energy System Assessment Methods Broad knowledge of how assessment methods are used in regulation and decision making on NES and detailed technical knowledge of at least one topical area covered by the INPRO Methodology.
Nuclear Engineering Nuclear Energy System Modelling and Analysis Technical knowledge of modelling and analysis tools applied to NES analysis and decision making.
Nuclear Engineering Nuclear Engineering Infrastructure Development Broad knowledge of how national nuclear institutions operate and coordinate. Detailed knowledge and experience in at least one system.
Nuclear Engineering Technology for Innovative Fuel Cycles and Advanced Reactors Broad knowledge of advanced reactor design concepts (LWR, PHWR, LMFR, HTGR, etc.) and related fuel cycles. Detailed technical knowledge of at least one of these.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • At least an advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in engineering (nuclear, mechanical, chemical, etc.) or nuclear physics appropriate to the duties of the post. A Doctorate degree in engineering (nuclear, mechanical, chemical, etc.) or nuclear physics is an asset.
  • A minimum of 7 years experience in the nuclear energy field (nuclear energy R&D and/or nuclear power or nuclear fuel cycle industry or nuclear regulator/TSO).
  • Demonstrated professional experience as a team leader on engineering and technical projects.
  • Experience in international projects with proven ability to participate effectively in a multinational team with respect and sensitivity for diversity.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, 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 $73516 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 32421, 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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