International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2012/125

Position and Grade: Nuclear Engineer (P-4)
Organizational Unit: INPRO Group
Division of Nuclear Power
Department of Nuclear Energy
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 22 October 2012
Application Deadline: 3 December 2012
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 part of a team led by the Group Head, the Nuclear Engineer formulates, develops, organizes and implements the IAEA's activities on technology development and design aspects of innovative nuclear reactors, fuel cycles and their potential application.


The Nuclear Engineer is a project manager, leading and implementing IAEA activities covering a broad range of practical aspects of design and technology development of innovative nuclear reactors, fuel cycles and other reactor concepts.


The Nuclear Engineer provides advice and guidance to national and international technical experts and decision-makers, as well as IAEA programme managers in other sections and departments, on programmatic and cross-cutting issues and initiatives. He/she also works with teams of experts to prepare and complete reports.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Formulates and implements the IAEA's activities in catalyzing technology development of innovative nuclear reactors and their application potential to meet IAEA programmatic objectives.
  • Initiates, plans and conducts scientific forums and meetings for Member States to review and discuss the status and progress achieved in the development of innovative reactors. Undertakes studies and comparative assessments of various nuclear technologies.
  • Develops technical guidelines, documents and technical reports on important aspects of the IAEA's INPRO programme and updates IAEA publications in the subject area.
  • Provides authoritative information, advice, guidance and cooperative contracts with countries starting the development or deployment of reactors, eliciting resources from potential donors.
  • Coordinates/liaises with external institutions and stakeholders; gathers, maintains and applies knowledge of international best practice and future trends in the subject area.
  • Collaborates on joint section/division initiatives and cross-cutting issues.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of design and technology development for innovative nuclear reactors and fuel cycle as well as the technology and basic engineering of reactor designs and the key issues associated with their application, development and deployment.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills for producing and reviewing technical documents relating to innovative nuclear reactor systems.
  • Excellent communication skills including for the presentation of IAEA papers at international meetings.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Advanced university (or equivalent) degree in engineering (mechanical, nuclear, electrical, chemical, materials, etc.) appropriate to the duties of the post.
  • At least seven years of professional experience in the subject area.
  • Experience in international cooperation with proven ability to participate effectively in a multinational team with respect and sensitivity for diversity.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Ability in 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 $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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