International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2012/120

Position and Grade: Nuclear Engineer (P-4)
Organizational Unit: Nuclear Power Engineering Section
Division of Nuclear Power
Department of Nuclear Energy
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 22 October 2012 (re-opened on 5 April 2013)
Application Deadline: 16 May 2013
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The objective of the Department of Nuclear Energy (NE) is to foster the efficient and safe use of nuclear power by supporting interested Member States in: improving the performance of nuclear power plants, the nuclear fuel cycle, and the management of nuclear wastes; catalysing innovation in nuclear power and fuel cycle technologies; developing indigenous capabilities around the world for national energy planning; deploying new nuclear power plants; preserving and disseminating nuclear information and knowledge; and advancing science and industry through improved operation of research reactors.

The Division of Nuclear Power (NENP) is one of two Divisions in the Department of Nuclear Energy and comprises the Nuclear Power Engineering Section, the Nuclear Power Technology Development Section, the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Group (INIG) and the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycle (INPRO) Group.

The Division provides core engineering, technological, human resource development and management support to interested Member States in the field of nuclear power. The main objectives are: to respond to the needs of interested Member States in improving their national nuclear power infrastructures and programmes and to evaluate the need for possible replacement technology within the country; to act as a catalyst for innovation and to assist, as appropriate, in the resolution of scientific and technological issues in the area of nuclear power, including electricity generation and other uses such as desalination and hydrogen production; and to manage, preserve and further enhance nuclear expertise and knowledge, competence and effectiveness in support of Member States, and to sustain the IAEA's unique position as the leading global international organization in the nuclear field.

Main purpose

As a member of a team under the direct supervision and guidance of the Head of the Nuclear Power Engineering Section, and under the overall guidance of the Director of the Division of Nuclear Power, the incumbent ensures a results oriented programmatic response to Member States' priorities by organizing training programmes, workshops and technical meetings, preparing state-of-the-art reports on construction/commissioning and maintenance/inspection related to direct assistance and advice to Member States.


The incumbent plays several roles in the Section: (1) expert in all aspects of construction/commissioning and maintenance/inspection of nuclear power plants; (2) technical officer, arranging and conducting activities required for the successful and timely publication of technical documents, as an outcome of tasks in the field of the advanced construction technologies, commissioning procedures and maintenance optimization of nuclear power programmes under his/her responsibility and as defined in the IAEA programme; (3) scientific secretary, planning and leading moderately complex Technical Meetings; (4) partnership builder, establishing, developing and maintaining an international network of maintenance/inspection with the international organizations.


The incumbent ensures the overall coordination of Member State experts participating in network activities by planning and implementing training activities, and facilitating the sharing of information and experience among network participants. He/she organizes communication and exchanges on project related matters among all the countries participating in the network. He/she also has a key role in facilitating the sharing of experience and transfer of knowledge in the field of construction/commissioning and maintenance/inspection of nuclear power plants.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Develop guidelines and prepare technical reports on the advanced construction technologies/commissioning procedures and maintenance/inspection for nuclear power plants.
  • Keep abreas of the important aspects of operating nuclear power plants and develop approaches and recommendations for improvements taking into account nuclear power plant ageing and degradation processes and their mitigation.
  • Provide advice and technical assistance to Member States for specific projects in the field of the operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants, as required, and contribute to preparation of the IAEA's programme, financial plan, annual reports, etc.
  • Convene consultancies, Technical Meetings or workshops, and support coordinated research projects resulting in the development of technical publications.
  • Coordinate, assist, facilitate and implement the various meetings organized within the scope of the advanced construction technologies/commissioning procedures and maintenance/inspection for operating nuclear power plants.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Good knowledge of relevant disciplines in nuclear, chemical, mechanical, and/or electrical engineering.
  • Planning and organizing skills and ability to set clearly defined objectives; ability to plan activities/projects well in advance, taking into account possible changing circumstances; ability to identify and organize required resources, including external consultants, and to monitor performance against deadlines and milestones.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to write technical documents in a structured manner and to deliver effective oral presentations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries and the ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Advanced university (or equivalent) degree in the field of nuclear, chemical, mechanical, and/or electrical engineering.
  • At least seven years of working experience in a relevant field.
  • Experience of working in a national/international nuclear organization or institute desirable.
  • In-depth knowledge of and experience in the scientific/technical principles and developments relating to the field of the advanced construction technologies/commissioning procedures and maintenance/inspection for operating nuclear power plants.
  • Experience in technical writing in English for producing and reviewing documents related to advanced construction technologies/commissioning procedures and maintenance/inspection for operating nuclear power plants.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of another official IAEA language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) an advantage.


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 $36 643*, 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. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values): Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity. 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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