International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2013/015

Position and Grade: Nuclear Physicist (P-4)
Organizational Unit: Nuclear Data Development Unit
Nuclear Data Section
Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 14 February 2013
Application Deadline: 27 March 2013
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences is one of several divisions and laboratories in the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications. The Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences is responsible for assisting and advising Member States in research and development for the nuclear sciences, especially the physical and chemical sciences. Specifically, the following fields are supported: production of radioisotopes and radiolabelled products for applications in healthcare and industry; radiation source applications; research reactor utilization; applications of accelerators and nuclear instrumentation; nuclear and atomic data for applications; controlled nuclear fusion and isotope hydrology and geochemistry.

The Nuclear Data Section (NDS) is primarily responsible for the generation and maintenance of a number of high-quality and fundamental nuclear and atomic databases and providing services to users worldwide. The main means of dissemination is via the NDS website which provides interactive tools to present required data.

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 key member of the Data Development Unit, led by the Unit Head and with additional guidance from the Section Head, the Nuclear Physicist leads coordinated reserach projects (CRPs), produces technical publications, develops databases relevant to international users, develops theoretical techniques required for calculations and evaluations, develops and implements training workshops, assists Member States to access nuclear data and provides technical assistance at the request of Member States.


The Nuclear Physicist: (1) as programme developer and implementer, provides input to the planning and formulation of the IAEA's programme in the fields of nuclear structure and decay, nuclear reactions, theoretical models and medical data applications; (2) as technical expert, carries out calculations and evaluations leading to the production of databases and data files and provides technical coordination of work carried out by Member States; (3) as technical and project officer, promotes, coordinates and evaluates moderately complex CRPs in the area of nuclear data.


The Nuclear Physicist engages counterparts in other international and national nuclear data centres and Member States' institutions for the implementation of nuclear data activity and consults with staff in other departments on the Section's activities. He/she participates in meetings with Member State representatives and with advisory groups to identify needs and respond to the interests of Member States regarding nuclear physics and data. The Nuclear Physicist works closely with appropriate technical departments within the IAEA, Member States' institutions and other relevant international organizations to ensure the effective implementation of nuclear data activities.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Provides input in developing and implementing the IAEA's programme in the fields of nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, theoretical models and medical data applications.
  • Plans and leads moderately complex technical meetings in the area of nuclear reactions, theoretical models and medical applications and provides substantive technical input to other technical meetings in the general area of nuclear physics, including assistance in preparing the scope, selecting participants, and coordinating the preparation of reports and documentation.
  • Carries out a wide range of theoretical calculations and evaluations as input to international databases.
  • Provides technical support to the Section in the area of theoretical nuclear physics.
  • Promotes, coordinates and evaluates moderately complex CRPs, involving participants from several Member States and conducts studies and assessments related to issues and trends.
  • Plans, organizes and conducts training for various topics related to nuclear reactions and medical applications.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • In-depth knowledge and experience of the principles of theoretical nuclear physics.
  • Awareness of common approaches to the methodology of evaluation of data and knowledge of data formats, as well as of the work of international networks in these areas.
  • In-depth knowledge of model codes used for nuclear reaction calculations and/or nuclear structure evaluations. Good general computer skills are required, for example, in standard office applications.
  • Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to operate across organizational boundaries and the ability to establish and maintain partnerships and working relations in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Ability to work with a high degree of independence, including the planning and carrying out of tasks on a day-to-day basis.
  • Strong communication (spoken, written and presentation) and training skills and, in particular, the ability to write complex papers covering nuclear physics issues suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • PhD or equivalent advanced university degree in nuclear physics or a related field.
  • Proven experience in the evaluation of nuclear data files.
  • Experience of the use of advanced computer codes and applications for scientific applications.
  • Minimum of seven years of combined relevant experience at the national/international level in a relevant field.
  • Experience of working in a national/international nuclear organization or institute.
  • Fluency in English essential. Knowledge of French, Russian or Spanish an asset.


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 $42 447*, 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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