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Section Head (Dosimetry and Medical Radiation Physics)(P5)

Vienna (Austria)

  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna (Austria)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Physics and Mathematics
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-02-14

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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 team leader reporting to the Division Director, the Section Head plans, directs, coordinates and supervises, in line with the strategic directions of the Division, the Agency activities in medical radiation physics, including quality assurance in radiation medicine, and in metrology of ionizing radiation, including the IAEA/WHO (World Health Organization) Network of Secondary Standard Dosimetry Laboratories (SSDLs). Both areas include leading the work at the IAEA dosimetry laboratory in Seibersdorf.




The Section Head plays several key roles\: (1) team leader and manager of a group of approximately 15 staff, ensuring the efficient and effective development and implementation of the Dosimetry and Medical Radiation Physics Section's activities at headquarters and at the dosimetry laboratory; (2) coordinator and officer responsible for the technical support of the Section to the Agency's technical cooperation programme in the relevant fields; (3) coordinator and adviser to the Director on programmatic, scientific, and technical issues in the relevant fields; (4) IAEA co-secretary of the IAEA/WHO SSDL Network; (5) facilitator of the cooperation with other organizations and with other Divisions/Departments in the IAEA dealing with similar areas of work. The Section Head is responsible for the relevant administrative matters of the Section.


Functions / Key Results Expected


Develop the subprogramme on quality assurance and metrology in radiation medicine in line with the strategic direction of the Division and a results-based framework, the recommendations from the biennial SSDL Scientific Committee (SSC) meeting and the expressed needs of Member States.

Supervise the subprogramme work at the IAEA dosimetry laboratory in Seibersdorf, including the operation of the Network of SSDLs and related laboratory activities, and the operation of the dose assurance and quality audit laboratory services.

Coordinate and provide technical support to technical cooperation projects on the subject area, with the aim of establishing a wide outreach and practical implementation of the IAEA's programme in Member States.

Plan and implement the activities of the subprogramme through efficient management of human, physical and financial resources.

Lead the Section in a manner that promotes both internal and external motivation and collaboration to ensure delivery of the programme objectives and optimize the outcome from the available resources.

Develop and introduce innovative means of helping developing countries to improve their national programmes related to the use and measurement of ionizing radiation.

Represent the scientific standing of the IAEA in the area at international conferences and liaise with colleagues of other international organizations and professional societies, specifically with scientists at radiotherapy centres, standard dosimetry laboratories, the BIPM (International Bureau of Weights and Measures), WHO, ICRU (International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements) and other relevant international organizations and committees.

Build and maintain strong strategic partnerships and alliances with a wide range of stakeholders in Member States to ensure the visibility and impact of the Section's activities.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition
Communication Encourages open communication and builds consensus. Uses tact and discretion in dealing with sensitive information, and keeps staff informed of decisions and directives as appropriate.
Achieving Results Sets realistic targets for himself/herself and for the team; ensures availability of resources and supports staff members in achieving results. Monitors progress and performance; evaluates achievements and integrates lessons learned.
Teamwork Encourages teamwork, builds effective teams and resolves problems by creating a supportive and collaborative team spirit, remaining mindful of the need to collaborate with people outside the immediate area of responsibility.
Planning and Organizing Sets clearly defined objectives for himself/herself and the team or Section. Identifies and organizes deployment of resources based on assessed needs, taking into account possible changing circumstances. Monitors team’s performance in meeting the assigned deadlines and milestones.


Functional Competencies

Name Definition
Commitment to continuous process improvement Assesses the effectiveness of functions and systems as well as current practices; streamlines standards and processes and develops innovative approaches to programme development and implementation.
Partnership building Identifies interests and goals common to the Agency’s partners and its stakeholders to foster partnership building. Promotes collaboration with partners, colleagues across teams and stakeholders.
Technical/scientific credibility Provides guidance and advice in his/her area of expertise on the application of scientific/professional methods, procedures and approaches.
Leading and supervising Serves as a role model when leading and supervising others. Provides his/her team with clear direction, promotes a dynamic working climate and empowers others. Is open to new ideas and demonstrates creativity in search of excellence. 


Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Medical Physics Education and Training in Medical Radiation Physics Leading the development of education and clinical training material and support to accreditation and certification programmes.
Medical Physics Medical Radiation Physics Leading the development of internationally harmonized guidelines on quality assurance in medical physics.
Management and Programme Analysis Project Management Demonstrated experience in the management of complex projects, including design, monitoring, implementation and management of human and financial resources.
Medical Physics Radiotherapy Physics Leading the development of quality assurance and/or quality audits in radiotherapy physics.


Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Medical Physics Diagnostic Radiology Physics Ability to develop partnerships with professional societies and international organizations for the harmonization of guidelines.
Dosimetry Dosimetry Leading the development of internationally harmonized Codes of Practice in radiation dosimetry.
Medical Physics Nuclear Medicine Physics Ability to develop partnerships with professional societies and international organizations for the harmonization of guidelines.
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.


Qualifications, Experience and Language skills


  • Advanced University degree (PhD) in Medical Radiation Physics or Radiation Dosimetry. 
  • Minimum 10 years of hospital experience in radiotherapy physics, including the clinical use of recent advanced techniques, and familiarity with medical physics in nuclear medicine and diagnostic X-rays.
  • Demonstrated experience in the measurement and dosimetry of ionizing radiation, according to recent protocols and developments for radiotherapy and diagnostic X-rays, including protection level.
  • Familiarity with the work of standard dosimetry laboratories and related quality management system.
  • Familiarity with the Mutual Recognition Arrangement for mutual recognition of national measurement standards in radiation dosimetry.
  • Familiarity with international recommendations of the ICRU, ISO, IEC desirable.
  • Familiarity with and understanding of the needs of developing countries in relevant fields is desirable.
  • 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 $89837 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 39888, 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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