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Consultant - Seismic Qualification of Components

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Security policy
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-25

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Organizational Setting

The Department of Nuclear Safety and Security (NS) formulates and implements the IAEA's nuclear safety and security programme, which encompasses the Agency's activities to protect people and the environment from radiation exposure, and responds to the needs of its Member States related to nuclear safety and security.
The objective of the Division of Nuclear Installation Safety (NSNI) is to achieve and maintain a high level of safety of nuclear installations worldwide that are under design or construction or in operation. The Division does this by establishing standards of safety for the protection of health, including standards for nuclear power plants and other nuclear installations and facilities, and by providing for the application of these standards through, among other things, support for the IAEA's Technical Cooperation programme, the rendering of safety review services, the promotion of education and training, the fostering of information exchange and the coordination of research and development. In addition, the Division helps ensure safety at nuclear installations by promulgating international safety instruments such as the Convention on Nuclear Safety and the Code of Conduct on the Safety of Research Reactors. NSNI comprises five Sections\:
•External Events Safety Section
•Operational Safety Section
•Safety Assessment Section
•Regulatory Activities Section
•Research Reactor Safety Section

The External Events Safety Section (EESS) aims to strengthen Member States' capabilities to enhance the safety of nuclear installations through the proper selection of sites, assessment of site specific hazards and the utilization of site parameters in the design of the installation. EESS develops and implements safety standards and guides for design and safety assessment, methods and tools for deterministic and probabilistic safety analysis and safety performance evaluation for all external hazards considered in the design of a nuclear facility. The Section coordin
ates and supports Member States in establishing and implementing the engineering safety of installations and safety assessment and capacity building activities for embarking countries in the area of site and installation design safety, construction and operations.


Main Purpose

Provide technical support to the project on Seismic Qualification by Similarity aimed at the development of seismic qualification databases and procedures for nuclear grade components and systems, based upon data collected from plants that experienced real earthquakes.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Draft technical specifications on the data collection phase in the Donors' Countries.
  • Develop technical guidelines for data collection, processing and usage of similarity data in component qualification; develop documents and presentation material for internal approval.
  • Draft technical specifications for the development of the integrated database, with existing, proprietary data and newly acquired data, after addressing all issues related to data property, data base development, maintenance and access.
  • Plan and lead technical meetings for the data collection, data processing and engineering application of the data bases.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Nuclear Installations against External Hazards
  • Safety Assessment of Nuclear Facilities
  • Structural Mechanics, Structural Analysis, Civil Engineering

Qualifications and Experience

  •    University Degree in engineering.

  •    Minimum of ten years of experience in applying nuclear safety principles and state-of-the-art nuclear safety techniques, of which five years at international level.

  •    Minimum five years of experience in seismic qualification of mechanical, electrical and electronic systems and components based on national and international  standards.

  •    Knowledge of IAEA safety standards on seismic design and qualification.

  •    Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.


The remuneration for this consultancy is a daily fee of up to a maximum of € 300, based on qualifications and experience. In case duty travel is required within the assignment, a daily subsistence allowance (DSA) and travel costs are provided. Health coverage and pension fund are the responsibility of the incumbent.


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