International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2012/281

Position and Grade: NDA Technician (G-6)
Organizational Unit: Portable and Resident NDA Team
Non Destructive Assay Section
Division of Technical and Scientific Services
Department of Safeguards
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 11 December 2012
Application Deadline: 8 January 2013
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
CCOG codes: 2.B.07

Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards (SG) is the organizational hub for the implementation of IAEA safeguards. The IAEA implements nuclear verification activities for more than 175 States in accordance with their safeguards agreements. The safeguards activities are undertaken within a dynamic and technically challenging environment including advanced nuclear fuel cycle facilities and complemented by the political diversity of the countries.

The Department of Safeguards consists of six Divisions: three Operations Divisions: A, B and C, for the implementation of verification activities around the world; three Technical Divisions: Division of Concepts and Planning, Division of Information Management, and Division of Technical and Scientific Services; as well as two Offices: the Office of Safeguards Analytical Services and the Office of Information and Communication Services.

The Division of Technical and Scientific Services (SGTS) is responsible for nuclear and other measurement systems applied in verification activities, containment and surveillance techniques and all verification logistics.

The Non Destructive Assay Section (TND) consists of two teams: Portable and Resident NDA, and Nuclear Security. The Section is responsible for the development, provision, testing and calibration of equipment and related data evaluation methodologies for non-destructive assay of radioactive and nuclear materials. In addition, the Section provides expertise, including field support, in the area of application of non-destructive assay to Safeguards and Nuclear Security. The Section also coordinates the review, identification, evaluation and testing of emerging innovative technologies, having potential for future safeguards and nuclear security applications.

Main Purpose

The main purpose of the NDA Technician is to ensure availability and timely delivery of a pool of highly reliable and accurate selected non destructive assay instrument including coincidence counting, criticality check and spent fuel verification instruments for inspection use.

Working Relationships

This position requires daily contact and coordination with other staff of the Team and with other Teams and Sections in the Division.

Contacts outside of the Division will mainly be with SG inspectors from Divisions of Operation. Contacts with equipment supplier will occur several times per quarter as well as with development teams contracted by members state support programmes.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Maintaining and repairing a pool of selected NDA instruments including coincidence counting, criticality check and spent fuel verification instruments for inspection use.
  • Serves as a point of contact with Divisions of Operations in organizing the prompt return of NDA equipment from the field for maintenance at IAEA headquarters.
  • Procuring and acceptance testing of new instruments, and set-up of instruments.
  • Keeping comprehensive and updated documentation associated with instruments including acceptance test, inventory, maintenance, and calibration records in a quality controlled information system.
  • Contributing to the development and modernization of NDA instruments.
  • Backing up other NDA technicians during their absence to insure continuity of service.
  • Travel to provide field support to Operation Divisions and for on-site preventive maintenance.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough understanding of electronics involved in NDA systems.
  • Computer skills: Ability to efficiently use computer-based applications for record keeping, report writing, and various other functions.
  • Organizing skills:
    • Ability to prioritize work assignments, organize own schedule, perform routine work independently, meet deadlines, and adapt to constantly changing demands and multitasking; and
    • Ability to keep accurately updated the documentation associated with the instruments including acceptance test, inventory, maintenance and calibration records in a quality controlled information system.
  • Customer orientation: Ability to find the most efficient and effective means of meeting the technical requirements of customers and to translate them into workable solutions.
  • Communication skills: Ability to convey spoken and written technical matters to non-technical staff in a clear and effective manner.
  • Interpersonal skills: Ability to act with tact and discretion and to work effectively in a multicultural team with sensitivity and respect for diversity with colleagues at all levels and external counterparts.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Completed secondary education with diploma at an Engineering or technical school or equivalent, in electronics and/or nuclear physics or radioprotection.
  • At least six years of experience in preparation, repair, maintenance or use of measurement instruments.
  • Experience in neutron counting, gamma spectrometry and computing would be very desirable.
  • English language test (level 3) to IAEA standard.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of German desirable. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) an advantage.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at €46 145 (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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