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Pipeline for Waste Technology Professionals and Experts (short term)


  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Waste Management
  • Closing Date: 2023-05-01

Organizational Setting

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 Waste Technology Section (WTS) assists Member States with radioactive waste management. It covers a broad spectrum of activities and is organized into teams responsible for radioactive waste management (pre-disposal and disposal), and the management of disused sealed radioactive sources (DSRS). Efforts are focused mainly on the elaboration and implementation of comprehensive and integrated radioactive waste management (RWM) policies and strategies, the development of RWM infrastructure, the promotion of good practices for sustainable, safe and cost-effective RWM, enabling access to current scientific and technological developments. Given the widespread nature of RWM challenges, the Section cooperates with a wide range of units in the IAEA and international organizations.

Main Purpose

In order to provide qualified candidates to IAEA Departments for multiple short-term positions, the Waste Technology Section in the Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology keeps a roster of interested applicants. The experts will contribute to the Sections aim to foster technology and knowledge transfer, the adoption of sound policies and strategies, and promotes information exchange, with the aim of building Member States' capacity in all aspects of radioactive waste management. Qualified consultants and experts worldwide who are available for short-term and/or temporary assignments are encouraged to register and create their profiles. If you are interested in working at the IAEA and fulfil the requirements to work within the Waste Technology Section in any of the fields listed below, please complete an online application. 

Registration into the Pipeline does not constitute in any form a commitment on the part of the IAEA for taking a particular application into consideration in the recruitment process for any vacancy. Pipeline registration is only valid for two years. Candidates need to re-register again after two years of initial date of registration to be considered as an active pipeline applicant.  

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities/ Candidate Eligibility
The Waste Technology Section reaches out to qualified experts who have the required knowledge and skills for the following functions\:

  • perform technical editing of multi-author documents;
  • develop a sequence of web articles based on existing publications and documents;
  • develop training courses building on existing guidance/reference material and lectures; 
  • develop story boards for eLearning in correlation of published documents.

Depending on the specific assignment, the expected adequate level of expertise ranges from basic general understanding to prior professional experience with some in-depth technical understanding in (list includes, but is not is limited to)\:

  • DSRS (Disused Sealed Radioactive Sources)
  • Disposal - Geological
  • Disposal - Near Surface
  • Legacy and Orphan Wastes
  • Pre-disposal - Processing
  • Pre-disposal - Storage and Transport

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • University Degree or Advanced University Degree (Masters, PhD) in Applied Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Mechanics or related field.
  • Minimum three years of relevant experience in editing, document writing and/or training and knowledge transfer in the expert areas of pre-disposal, or disposal or disused sealed radioactive sources.
  • Relevant professional experience at the national, regional and/or international level is an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of another official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) an asset.  

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)\:  IntegrityProfessionalism  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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