International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2012/123

Position and Grade: Safety Officer (P-4)
Organizational Unit: Safety Assessment Section
Division of Nuclear Installation Safety
Department of Nuclear Safety and Security
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 2 November 2012 (re-opened on 4 March 2013)
Application Deadline: 24 March 2013
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Division of Nuclear Installation Safety (NSNI) is one of the organizational units of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security (NS). The objective of the programme implemented by the Division of Nuclear Installation Safety is to achieve and maintain a high level of safety of nuclear installations under design, construction or operation worldwide by: establishing and promulgating standards of safety for the protection of health, including standards for nuclear power plants and other nuclear installations (such as research reactors and fuel cycle facilities); and providing for the application of these standards through, inter alia, the provision of safety reviews and advisory services, the promotion of capacity building through education and training, the fostering of information and operating experience exchanges, the coordination of research and development and support for the IAEA's technical cooperation programme. In addition, the Division helps ensure safety at nuclear installations by promulgating international safety instruments such as the Convention on Nuclear Safety and the Code of Conduct on the Safety of Research Reactors.

The Safety Assessment Section aims to strengthen Member States' capabilities in effective safety assessment and safety enhancement of nuclear installations through the development and application: of safety standards and guides for design and safety assessment, methods and tools for deterministic and probabilistic safety analysis and safety performance evaluation, and the dvelopment of integrated risk informed and performance based safety approaches.

Specific topical areas and their applications include: system engineering and design safey, design basis accidents, beyond design basis accidents including severe accidents, safety analysis, safety margins, accident management, accident precursor analysis, safety performance indicators, periodic safety review, risk informed decision-making, and deterministic and probabilistic safety assessment methods & tools. The Section coordinates and supports Member States in establishing and implementing engineering safety and safety assessment education and training programmes.

The operating environment is dynamic, participative and interactive with inputs received from the Board of Governors, the General Conference, policy- and decision-makers, and technical counterparts in Member States and the international development community.

Main purpose

As a member of the Project Management team led by the Section Head, the Safety Officer manages projects, develops, organizes and implements IAEA activities on the safety of nuclear installations. He/she provides technical expertise and leads activities requested by Member States to enhance the safety of nuclear installations and promotes the development and use of IAEA safety standards, provides technical assistance at the request of Member States, and supports the application of the IAEA's safety standards.


The Safety Officer is: (a) a programme planner and implementer, planning, developing and implementing activities aimed at helping Member States to enhance nuclear safety in their installations and facilities; (b) a scientific secretary, planning and leading complex Technical Meetings and consultancies; (c) a mission leader, planning and leading safety review and follow-up missions; and (d) a substantive expert contributor and project officer, evaluating, developing and implementing complex technical cooperation and extrabudgetary projects and promoting, coordinating and evaluating coordinated research projects (CRPs) in the area of the safety of nuclear installations and facilities.


The Safety Officer engages Member States' representatives to identify their needs and responds to the interests of Member States.

In addition, he/she exchanges expert knowledge with regulatory and operating organizations of Member States on objectives and findings of review and advisory services, and coordinates and cooperates with international organizations (i.e. OECE/NEA and the EC) in developing and publishing selected joint reports and documents.

Furthermore, the Safety Officer works closely with technical departments within the IAEA, Member States' institutions and other relevant international organizations to ensure the effective implementation of nuclear installation safety activities. He/She establishes and maintains contacts with individual scientists at various centres and at other relevant international organizations, committees and scientific societies.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Taking into account the issues and trends in the field, plans, develops and implements relevant aspects of the IAEA's programme and conducts and manages Projects for development of safety standards in the area of accident safety of fuel and fuel safety. The subjects include
    • Nuclear safety aspects of facilities and activities in relation to nuclear fuel in nuclear installations and facilities in Member States.
    • Fuel safety criteria and associated fuel safety issues arising from the trend towards increased fuel enrichment, utilization of advanced fuel and the extension of the core fuel cycle, by operating the fuel to a much higher burn-up condition.
    • Implications for safety of an accident should it occur from such conditions.
    • Fuel related safety margins and accident analysis for core and fuel safety assessment.
  • Contributes to the safety of nuclear power plants and installations by planning and leading safety review missions, preparatory meetings and follow-up visits. Identifies needs and makes plans for the conduct of missions, studies relevant documents, provides technical input and coordinates the preparation of mission reports.
  • Collects and disseminates experience, findings and lessons learned through:
    • Organizing and leading Technical Meetings and to develop guidelines, standards, requirements, guides and manuals, which include proposing a subject, preparing the scope, selecting participants, coordinating input and drafting the final report.
    • Providing support and technical input to technical co-operation and extrabudgetary projects in the subject area through capacity building and workshops.
    • Providing expertise for the development of training programmes and courses. Conducts training for complicated or sensitive topics.
    • Representing the IAEA at national and international meetings.
  • Provides support and relevant expertise for the Incident and Emergency System (IES) and participates in associated training and exercises.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to assess international nuclear safety issues in their complexity, including their international political and economic context.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and team building skills.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of nuclear safety principles and state-of the art nuclear safety techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge of common approaches to regulatory aspects of nuclear safety as well as international undertakings in the area.
  • Excellent drafting and presentation skills in English.
  • Good knowledge of IAEA safety standards.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Advanced degree in engineering or physical/nuclear sciences or equivalent experience, with additional in-depth knowledge of such complementary fields as project management training and other skills which are essential for multi-disciplinary activities specific to the position.
  • Minimum of seven years of experience in nuclear related applications, of which five should have involved dealing closely with accident safety of fuel and fuel safety.
  • Minimum of two years of experience at the international level.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) desirable.


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 $38 938*, 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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