International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2012/113

Position and Grade: Section Head (P-5)
Organizational Unit: Nuclear Medicine Section
Division of Human Health
Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 4 October 2012
Application Deadline: 15 December 2012
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 Nuclear Medicine Section is one of the four sections in the Division of Human Health. Its primary objective is to enhance Member States' capabilities to employ in vivo and in vitro diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine technologies efficiently for managing their main health problems and for undertaking related basic and clinical research.

The Section Head leads the activities related to the diagnostic and therapeutic applications of radioisotopes/radiopharmaceuticals in medical practice and is supported by 6-8 staff members.

Main purpose

As a team leader reporting to the Director of the Division of Human Health, the Section Head initiates, manages, coordinates, and supervises the IAEA's projects on human health in the field of nuclear medicine and diagnostic imaging.


The Section Head is: (1) a manager planning, guiding, coordinating and supervising the activities of the Section in accordance with Member States' needs and monitors their implementation; (2) a substantive expert contributor managing projects of particular complexity and/or sensitivity; (3) a Scientific Secretary to international scientific meetings including preparation and editing of scientific reports, manuals, proceedings and other scientific publications, and; (4) a coordinator of inter-agency collaborative projects with the UN system to review and provide systematic overviews and to prepare technical documentation and papers for discussions.


The Section Head engages high level counterparts in Member States' institutions for programme planning and implementation to ensure effective transfer and sharing of technical and managerial know-how and promotes partnership building with appropriate UN organizations, NGOs and other relevant institutions. In addition, he/she meets regularly with the Director, other Section Heads and colleagues of the Department to ensure effective utilization and integration of all resources (human, financial and technical) received. He/she also works with and coordinates work with the Department of Technical Cooperation to ensure a seamless integration of all projects and programmes.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Plan, manage, coordinate, monitor the implementation and supervise the activities of the Section in accordance with Member States' needs.
  • Coordinate the Section's provision of specialized technical input to Technical Cooperation Projects in the area of diagnostic and therapeutic applications of radioisotopes/radiopharmaceuticals in medical practice and provide technical guidance, evaluate proposals, develop work plans, advise on suitable equipment, select qualified experts, evaluate expert reports, provide technical evaluation of fellowship applications, and guidance related to the fellows' programme of study, providing support in planning and implementing training courses and workshops.
  • Manage the Section's Coordinated Research Projects (CRPs) related to nuclear medicine and diagnostic imaging applications and act as Project Officer by providing technical guidance, formulating suitable research project proposals, evaluating research contract proposals and renewal requests, monitoring progress, collating relevant data, organizing periodic research coordination meetings and assisting in publishing relevant scientific information.
  • Broaden and deepen the field of knowledge by organizing scientific meetings related to the specialized field and serving as scientific secretary; preparing scientific programmes, contributing to the preparation and editing of scientific reports, manuals, proceedings and other scientific publications; prepare and organize in-house meetings in support of the Section's scientific program.
  • Contribute to an integrated delivery of activities through coordination of inter-agency collaborative projects within the UN system; reviewing and providing systematic overviews and preparing technical documentation and papers for discussion; prepare and edit scientific reports and publications in scientific journals.
  • Ensure the continued high standing and recognition of the IAEA in the scientific community by representing the IAEA at national and international meetings as required; establish and maintain contacts with individual scientists at various centres and other relevant international organizations, committees and scientific societies.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated scientific and managerial skills to lead a multi-disciplinary team; comprehensive experience in the management of scientific projects, budgeting and staff supervision.
  • Proven ability to build collaborative partnerships with other international institutions being active in the same area.
  • Extensive publication in reputed scientific journals and a strong publication record in the field of nuclear medicine and medical imaging.
  • Comprehensive and current knowledge in the field of nuclear medicine and diagnostic imaging, including research and teaching.
  • Familiarity with and understanding of the specific needs and conditions of developing countries and proven ability in strengthening human capacity development issues in developing countries.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Full medical degree (e.g. MD, MBBS) with post-graduate specialization in either nuclear medicine (MD; PhD; MMed) with working knowledge in diagnostic imaging (radiology, CT, MRI, etc.), or diagnostic radiology with a working knowledge in nuclear medicine, or ideally dual qualification in nuclear medicine and diagnostic radiology.
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience in clinical practice and project coordination at the national and international level.
  • Proven record of scientific publications in international peer reviewed journals of a good international standing.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English essential. Working knowledge of at least one additional official IAEA language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish) an advantage.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $80 734 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $41 820*, dependency benefits, diplomatic status, 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 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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