International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2012/115

Position and Grade: Radiation Protection Specialist (P-4)
Organizational Unit: Assessment and Management of Environmental Releases Unit
Waste and Environmental Safety Section
Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety
Department of Nuclear Safety and Security
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 17 October 2012
Application Deadline: 1 December 2012
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety develops and maintains standards for radiation protection, radioactive waste safety and safety in the transport of radioactive material that enable the beneficial uses of radiation to be exploited while ensuring appropriate protection of workers, the public and patients. It also assists Member States in the implementation of these standards and provides related services.

The Waste and Environmental Safety Section is responsible for the delineation of a global waste safety regime to protect the public and the environment from the effects of ionizing radiation, based on the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, the development of safety standards for the management of all types of radioactive waste and the provisions for the application of the waste safety standards.

The Assessment and Management of Environmental Releases Unit of the Waste and Environmental Safety Section is concerned with protection of the public and the environment from releases of radioactive material from present and past practices. The Unit's main function is to establish safety standards for the control of radioactive releases to the environment (atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic) and to provide for the application of these standards in Member States. The Unit is also engaged in providing advice and guidance on procedures and methods for environmental modelling, radiological assessment and monitoring, including the organization of international intercomparison programmes. It maintains databases of worldwide discharges of radionuclides to the environment and an inventory of past waste disposals at sea. It is also the focal point in the IAEA's interactions with international conventions and treaties concerned with radioactive waste and the environment.

The environment of the Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety is dynamic, participative and interactive, with continuous inputs received from in-house counterparts, from technical counterparts in Member States, from other international organizations, and from the international scientific community.

Main purpose

The Radiation Protection Specialist reports to the Unit Head and implements activities related to the development of safety standards for the control of radioactive releases to the terrestrial and aquatic environment and to provide for the application of these standards.

Role

The Radiation Protection Specialist is a substantive contributor, developing, coordinating and implementing activities related to the protection of the public and the environment from releases of radioactive material from present and past practices; and a technical specialist participating in or leading international advisory and appraisal services to Member States.

Partnerships

The Radiation Protection Specialist engages counterparts in Member States and in other international organizations concerned with the protection of the public and the environment from releases of radioactive material to establish international safety standards and to promote their use and application in Member States. In developing this approach, the Radiation Protection Specialist works closely with the Unit Head, other staff in the Division and Department and with relevant areas outside the Department in achieving the desired objectives and goals. He/she builds and maintains strategic partnerships and alliances with a wide range of stakeholders in Member States and other international organizations to promote the application of international safety standards.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Facilitate the development of international safety standards and guidance on the protection of the public and the environment from releases of radioactive material to form the basis of international activities in this area.
  • Provide technical support for the application of international safety standards through managing national and regional technical cooperation projects, in close coordination with the responsible programme management officers in the Department of Technical Cooperation.
  • Provide technical knowledge instrumental to the completion of, and/or lead, international advisory and appraisal missions to Member States to determine the level of safety attained in the protection of the public and the environment from releases of radioactive material, and provide authoritative information, advice and guidance on the subject to national counterparts.
  • Communicate the results of Member State and IAEA activities to a wider audience, including other Member States, through the preparation of papers, articles and documents for publication.
  • Maintain and further develop the Database on Discharges of Radionuclides to the Atmosphere and Aquatic Environment (DIRATA).
  • Act as scientific secretary for projects related to radioecological modelling and assessment of radiological impacts to the public and the environment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the IAEA's safety standards relevant to the duties and a good understanding of the underlying principles and the process of safety standards development.
  • Broad perspective on the protection of the public and the environment from releases of radioactive material.
  • Demonstrated ability both to lead a team and to serve as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare documents of a high technical quality and accuracy.
  • Interpersonal skills:
    • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with IAEA staff at all levels and with representatives of Member States;
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Advanced university (or equivalent) degree in nuclear or environmental sciences related to the duties of the post.
  • Minimum of seven years of experience in radiation protection and waste safety, of which at least five years should have been concerned with radiation protection of the public and the environment, and modelling.
  • Experience in the development of scientific databases.
  • Experience in the development of international guidance on the subject and in the application of such guidance in Member States.
  • Experience in international projects desirable, particularly with developing countries.
  • Experience in preparing and delivering training on relevant technical issues.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of at least one other official IAEA language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish) would be an asset.

Remuneration

The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $67 483 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $34 956*, 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 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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