International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2012/306

Position and Grade: Senior Laboratory Technician (G-6)
Organizational Unit: Nuclear Spectrometry and Applications Laboratory
Physics Section
Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications
Duty Station: Seibersdorf, Austria
Issue Date: 17 December 2012
Application Deadline: 31 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 Nuclear Sciences and Applications implements the IAEA's major programme on nuclear techniques for development and environmental protection (Major Programme 2). This comprises individual programmes in 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 Physical and Chemical Sciences carries out IAEA activities to assist and advise Member States in assessing their needs for research and development in the nuclear sciences, as well as in supporting their activities in specific fields, including: industrial applications of radiation and isotopes; isotope hydrology and geochemistry; nuclear and analytical chemistry; nuclear and atomic data for applications; plasma physics applications; controlled nuclear fusion; production of radioisotopes and labelled compounds; radiation chemistry; and utilization of research reactors.

The Physics Section is responsible for planning and implementing activities in the areas of (i) effective utilization of research reactors, (ii) fostering relevant R&D and applications using particle accelerators and related instrumentation, and (iii) plasma physics and fusion, in order to enable Member States to avail themselves of the benefits of nuclear sciences and technologies. The Section supports capacity building in basic nuclear science and related instrumentation in the above areas in interested Member States with a view to supporting the creation of infrastructure and development of human resources.

The Nuclear Spectrometry and Applications Laboratory (NSAL), which is part of the Physics Section, assists laboratories in Member States to improve effective utilization of nuclear spectrometry and related instrumentation through the provision of technical advice, training, calibration services, assistance with the modification and development of nuclear instruments and with new applications of nuclear spectrometry techniques in various fields, including energy related applications, environmental monitoring, industry, and the study of cultural heritage objects. The Senior Laboratory Technician reports to the Unit Head of NSAL. The Laboratory is located at the IAEA's Laboratories in Seibersdorf, approximately 45 km south of Vienna.

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Unit Head, the Senior Laboratory Technician provides training support to technical cooperation (TC) projects in the field on PC interfaces with scientific instruments, microprocessor applications and software development/modification, as well as development and applications of information communication technology (ICT) -based teaching tools and materials.

Working Relationships

The Senior Laboratory Technician works in a team environment with staff at all levels in the Laboratory on issues related to PC/scientific instrument interfaces, applications of microprocessors, and commercial software. He/she has extensive interactions with suppliers and fellows trained in the NSAL, as well as occasionally with TC officers and TC project counterparts.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Provide PC interfaces with scientific instruments and applications of commercial software to other research groups at Seibersdorf.
  • Provide training programmes in PC interfaces with scientific instruments, virtual instrumentation, PC hardware, networking, microprocessor applications and software development/modification.
  • Modify/update and adapt training kits and ICT-based teaching materials for training in nuclear instrumentation.
  • Provide technical support to TC projects in the field of nuclear instrumentation including support to and participation in training courses in Member States.
  • Assist Member States in the development and application of ICT-based training materials and new methods for modernization and maintenance of nuclear instruments.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Good computer skills, including experience with programming in applications of scientific and nuclear instruments.
  • Good knowledge of local computer networks and their administration.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries and the ability to establish and maintain working relations in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Ability to carefully follow laboratory procedures in a safe manner, preferably with experience of working in a nuclear instruments laboratory.
  • English test (Level 2) to IAEA standard.
  • Good knowledge of both oral and written English essential. Knowledge of another official IAEA language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) an asset.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Completed secondary education. Post-secondary studies in nuclear electronics (or computer sciences) an asset.
  • Minimum six years of relevant working experience in nuclear analytical laboratories.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of interfacing of PCs with scientific instruments, virtual instrumentation and microprocessor applications, preferably in the field of nuclear instrumentation.
  • Experience in training, development and application of ICT-based teaching materials and tools.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at €47 536 (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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