Vacancy Notice No. 2011/094

Position and Grade: Radiotherapy Medical Physicist (P-4)
Organizational Unit: Dosimetry and Medical Radiation Physics Section
Division of Human Health
Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 1 September 2011
Application Deadline: 12 October 2011
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications consists of the Division of Human Health, the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, the Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences, and the IAEA Environment Laboratories. Each Division is organized into various Sections. The Division of Human Health is organized into four sections whose objectives are to enhance the capabilities in 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 one of four Sections in the Division of Human Health. It is responsible for quality assurance (QA) and metrology in radiation medicine. The Section works closely with clinical colleagues located in the Applied Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy Section and in the Nuclear Medicine Section. Specifically, DMRP provides technical support in medical physics to ensure safe and effective applications of nuclear technology in radiotherapy, diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine. It operates the Dosimetry Laboratory (located in Seibersdorf), which is the central point in the IAEA/World Health Organization Network of Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratories.

Main purpose

As a member of a team led by the Section Head, the Radiotherapy Medical Physicist contributes to the enhancement of the capability of Member States to develop and implement new techniques, methodologies and training materials in the physical aspects of radiotherapy, particularly for quality assurance programmes.


The Radiotherapy Medical Physicist is: a team member for the project on developments in the physical aspects of radiotherapy; a technical expert in radiation dosimetry and treatment planning, and; a knowledgeable adviser in the adaptation of new technologies of relevance to low and middle income countries, and in the establishment of medical physics education and clinical training programmes.


The Radiotherapy Medical Physicist works closely with medical physicists and radiation oncologist colleagues and other IAEA professionals. He/she maintains an international network of medical physicists willing to consult on IAEA projects and assist with their timely implementation at a high level of quality.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Lead activities on developments in medical physics for radiotherapy, which includes:
    • implementing coordinated research projects;
    • organizing and participating in technical meetings, seminars and courses;
    • delivering technical advice;
    • supporting quality assurance activities in radiotherapy treatment planning;
    • participating in the development and transfer of dosimetry techniques to Member States;
    • contributing to editorial activities for publications in medical radiation physics, and;
    • keeping up to date with developments in the field.
  • Support implementation of comprehensive audits in radiation oncology by contributing to the development, review and update of auditing methodologies, provision of advice to field experts and review of expert mission reports.
  • Act as technical officer for the IAEA's technical cooperation projects in the field of medical physics in radiotherapy by evaluating, planning and implementing projects, including providing advice on the use of experts, the placing of fellows, the purchasing of equipment and the organization of meetings and training courses.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge at the level of an international expert in the principles and applications of medical physics in radiotherapy.
  • In-depth knowledge of radiotherapy equipment for simulation, treatment planning, dosimetry, treatment delivery, quality assurance and equipment commissioning.
  • High motivation to meet the medical physics needs of low and middle income countries through the design and implementation of relevant projects.
  • Communication skills: Strong ability to make effective oral and written presentations to audiences of diverse skill levels.
  • Interpersonal skills:
    • Ability to work in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
    • Ability to work as a team member in a cooperative manner with other colleagues to achieve collaborative organizational goals.
  • Planning and organizing: Ability to work in a multitasking environment.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • PhD in medical physics or equivalent field.
  • Minimum seven years of clinical experience in radiotherapy physics.
  • Experience in radiotherapy treatment planning, beam calibration and clinical dosimetry.
  • Experience in radiotherapy equipment commissioning.
  • Demonstrated experience in project design, monitoring and implementation.
  • At least three papers published in the last five years in an international peer-reviewed journal.
  • Experience and practical skills in quality assurance of the entire treatment process, including simulation, treatment planning and treatment delivery.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of Spanish and/or Russian an asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $67 395 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $45 155*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance.

How to apply to the IAEA

Complete an Online Application

* Subject to change without notice

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. 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 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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