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Nuclear Engineer (High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactors)(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)
    • Logistics
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Supply Chain
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-07

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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 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 Nuclear Power Technology Development Section assists Member States in developing safe, environmentally benign, economically viable, proliferation resistant and sustainable innovative solutions for all civil reactor technologies, including water-cooled reactors, gas-cooled reactors, fast neutron systems (both critical and sub-critical) as well as small and medium-sized reactors. The section fosters international collaboration on technology development for reactor plants and for non-electric uses of nuclear power by facilitating coordinated research projects, technical meetings, and training courses. The section also maintains the Advanced Reactor Information System (ARIS) and Thermophysical Properties of Nuclear Materials (THERPRO) databases.


Main Purpose


Under the supervision and guidance of the Head of the Nuclear Power Technology Development Section, and under the overall guidance of the Director of the Division of Nuclear Power, the Nuclear Engineer (High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactors)
ensures a results-oriented programmatic response to Member States' priorities by organizing training programmes, workshops and technical meetings, as well as managing coordinated research projects and preparing state-of-the-art reports, in the area of Small Modular Reactors with focus on High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactors.




The Nuclear Engineer (High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactors) plays several roles in the Section\: (1) expert in all aspects of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) focused on High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactors (HTGRs) (including design features, economics, multiple-purpose use, institutional issues, etc.); (2) technical officer, arranging and conducting activities required for the successful and timely publication of technical documents, as an outcome of tasks in the field of SMRs and HTGRs; (3) scientific secretary of the Technical Working Group on Gas Cooled Reactors (TWG-GCR), planning and leading technical meetings; (4) partnership builder, establishing, developing and maintaining an international network with international organizations, and working closely with the other groups in the Section.


Functions / Key Results Expected


As scientific secretary, plans, coordinates and reports on the activities of the Department of Nuclear Energy's Technical Working Group on Gas Cooled Reactors.

Maintain current knowledge of the status of SMRs focused on HTGRs technology and related development programmes.

Contributes specialized knowledge and experience to the planning, development and implementation of the IAEA's programme in the area of SMRs and HTGRs.

Plans and leads technical meetings on nuclear power, including proposing a subject, preparing the scope, selecting participants, coordinating the preparation of reports and documents.

Evaluates technical cooperation projects, develops action plans and plans, organizes and participates in seminars, workshops, expert missions and training courses.

Promotes, coordinates and evaluates coordinated research projects in Member States and conducts moderately complex studies and assessments related to issues and trends. Develops international recommendations and guidance on nuclear power.

Plans, organizes and conducts training for complex or sensitive topics.

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
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 Engineering and Technology In depth knowledge in scientific/technical principles and developments related to common technologies and issues in the SMR field.
Nuclear Engineering Project Management Good knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, methods, approaches and tools relevant to programme and project management.
Nuclear Engineering Small Modular Reactors Expertise in all aspects of SMRs (including design features, economics, multiple-purpose use, institutional issues).


Qualifications, Experience and Language skills


Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in the field of nuclear, chemical, mechanical, and/or electrical engineering.

At least seven years' working experience in a relevant field .
Experience of working in a national/international nuclear organization or institute desirable.
In-depth knowledge of and/or experience in scientific/technical principles and developments related to common technologies and issues in the Small Modular Reactors and High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactors field.
Experience in technical writing in English as regards producing and reviewing documents.
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 $74913 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 36782, 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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