International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2012/217

Position and Grade: Laboratory Technician (G-3)
Organizational Unit: Insect Pest Control Laboratory
Insect Pest Control Section
Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture
Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications
Duty Station: Seibersdorf, Austria
Issue Date: 20 April 2012
Application Deadline: 18 May 2012
Type of Appointment: Either a Fixed-term appointment (if the candidate already holds a Fixed-term appointment) or Temporary-assistance appointment (in all other cases) may be offered, both subject to a probationary period of 1 year

Organizational Setting

The International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Laboratories are located in Seibersdorf, approximately 45 km south of Vienna. Their main objective is to contribute to the implementation of the IAEA's programmes in food and agriculture, human health, physical and chemical sciences, water resources, industry, environmental management (terrestrial), radiation protection and safeguards verification.

The activities of the FAO/IAEA Agriculture and Biotechnology Laboratories, employing nuclear and related techniques, are an integral part of the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme on Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture. The FAO/IAEA Agriculture and Biotechnology Laboratories provide support to Member States of the IAEA and FAO to develop agricultural technologies and adapt them to local requirements and environmental conditions with a view to the efficient and sustainable use of these technologies.

The Insect Pest Control Laboratory (IPCL) is one of five laboratories in the FAO/IAEA Agriculture and Biotechnology Laboratories (ABL) and is an integral part of the Insect and Pest Control Sub-programme. This Sub-programme assists Member States in the implementation of environmentally-friendly and sustainable methods to control major insect pests of plants, livestock and humans through strategic and applied research, technology transfer, capacity building, policy advice, and information management. The Sub-programme focuses on the development and implementation of area-wide integrated pest management (AW-IPM) approaches involving the sterile insect technique (SIT) and related biologically-based techniques to enhance food security, improve human health, introduce sustainable agricultural systems, reduce losses and pesticide use, preserve biological diversity, and facilitate international trade in food and agricultural commodities, etc.

Main Purpose

The Laboratory Technician provides technical support for the activities of the Tsetse Research Group of the Insect Pest Control Laboratory. The Laboratory Technician will maintain colonies, establish new colonies, organise shipments as needed, provide assistance with the implementation of experimental protocols, and help with the training of fellows.

Working Relationships

The Laboratory Technician works with other staff in the IPCL to solve routine problems, to ensure effective functioning of equipment and smooth rearing of fruit flies. She/he also provides training to fellows from developing countries and will have contacts with procurement staff.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Maintain colonies of different tsetse strains and species and take responsibility for the efficient implementation off all aspects of tsetse rearing.
  • Assist with the validation of newly developed and improved rearing systems.
  • Colonize new tsetse populations as required.
  • Implement experimental protocols as developed by the research leader.
  • Organize and ship tsetse material on a weekly or bi-weekly basis (or as required) to counterpart institutions, universities, regional and international organisations, etc.
  • Provide assistance to visiting scientists and consultants and with the training of fellows.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Good knowledge of basic laboratory procedures and practices.
  • Ability to work independently but as part of a collaborative team.
  • Ability to organize working priorities in order to meet programme objectives.
  • Ability to transfer knowledge to trainees.
  • Ability to responsively implement experimental protocols and to provide the necessary follow-up.
  • Ability to record accurately data, to identify problems, to provide suggestions to the research leader.
  • Willingness to work during weekends and in the evenings.
  • Interpersonal skills: Ability to work and communicate effectively in a multicultural team with sensitivity and respect for diversity with colleagues at all levels.
  • Computer skills: Ability to use MS Office 2010 which is the IAEA standard (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Completed secondary education.
  • Minimum of two years of relevant working experience, mainly with the rearing of tsetse flies.
  • Experience in working in a laboratory environment, preferably in an international setting.
  • English language test (level 2) to IAEA standard.
  • Good working knowledge of spoken and written English essential. Knowledge of German and another official IAEA language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) an advantage.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at €29 790 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), six weeks' annual vacation, pension plan and health insurance.

How to Apply

Internal and external applicants need to complete an IAEA Personal History Form. Internal applicants are required to apply online at External applicants are required to apply online at You can find more information about employment opportunities and working at the IAEA at No e-mail or hard-copy application will be accepted. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in due course. Applications received after the application deadline will not be considered. Applicants who do not comply with the aforementioned application guidelines or do not meet the essential requirements specified in this Vacancy Notice will not be considered.

Appointment is subject to a satisfactory medical report. Recruitment will be on a LOCAL BASIS only. Outside applicants are required to supply to the IAEA or to authorize it to seek all information relevant to their suitability for employment by the IAEA. Testing may be part of the recruitment process.

Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. 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.

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