International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2013/024

Position and Grade: Isotope Hydrologist (P-3) (two posts)
Organizational Unit: Isotope Hydrology Section
Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 19 February 2013 (re-opened on 4 April 2013)
Application Deadline: 30 April 2013
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications implements the IAEA's Major Programme 2, "Nuclear Techniques for Development and Environmental Protection". This Major Programme comprises individual programmes on food and agriculture, human health, water resources, environment and radiation technologies. These programmes are supported by laboratories in Seibersdorf, Monaco and Vienna. The Major Programme's objective is to enhance the capacity of Member States to meet basic human needs and to assess and manage the marine and terrestrial environments through the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques in sustainable development programmes.

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 Division provides support to Member States in the following fields: production of radioisotopes and radiolabelled products for applications in health care 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 Isotope Hydrology Section is responsible for planning and implementing the IAEA's water resources programme. The programme assists Member States in the sustainable management of all aspects of their water resources, but with a particular focus on isotope hydrology. Major activities include internationally coordinated research, global isotope monitoring, capacity building, and technical assistance to Member States to help them with the assessment, development and use of water resources.

The Isotope Hydrology Section consists of a Section Head and about 14 professional staff, 8 technical staff, and a fully equipped laboratory. The Isotope Hydrologist reports to the Section Head and works in a team environment with other staff in the Section.

Main purpose

As a member of a team led by the Section Head, the Isotope Hydrologist contributes to a results-oriented programmatic response to Member States' priorities in the application of nuclear technologies to meet their development goals related to water resources.


The Isotope Hydrologist is: (1) a technical specialist, providing expertise in the application of nuclear techniques in hydrology; (2) a programme developer and implementer, assisting in planning, and developing the IAEA's programme in the area of water resources assessment, develoment and management, and; (3) a technical expert, planning and conducting basic technical meetings and technical review missions, assisting in the evaluation of Technical Cooperation (TC) projects, and assisting in promoting, coordinating and evaluating moderately complex coordinated research projects (CRPs) in the area of water resources management.


The Isotope Hydrologist engages counterparts at various levels in Member States' institutions for project planning and implementation and assists in building partnerships with appropriate UN organizations, NGOs and other relevant institutions. Furthermore, he/she works closely with appropriate regional sections in the Department of Technical Cooperation to ensure the effective implementation of cooperative projects. The incumbent provides expertise in the area of groundwater and surface water characterization using isotopes and related applications for water resource management.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Provide technical advice and service to IAEA Member States in the design, appraisal and implementation of projects aimed at nuclear techniques in water resources management.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of programmes in the field of water resources management practices, conduct analytical studies, participate in task forces, and provide technical input to the policy and standards development of regional and international bodies.
  • Evaluate technical cooperation projects, develop action plans and plan, organize and participate in seminars, workshops, expert missions and training courses.
  • Plan, manage and implement CRPs and technical meetings aimed at developing or adapting new applications of isotopes in hydrology.
  • Contribute to administrative reports and documents to be provided to senior management and governing bodies.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A strong technical background and practical experience in nuclear techniques in water resources management.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct applied research with field and/or laboratory studies.
  • Proven ability to analyse technical and scientific information.
  • Communication skills: Ability to communicate project results effectively to diverse audiences and to conduct presentations on key issues by clearly formulating positions, presenting options concisely while conveying the maximum necessary information, and making and defending recommendations.
  • Interpersonal skills: Ability to operate across organizational boundaries, establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships externally and internally in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Excellent writing skills demonstrated through a record of scientific publications.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • PhD degree with specialization preferably in hydrogeology or geochemistry, or related geosciences.
  • Minimum of five years of practical experience in the application of isotope techniques for water resource management issues.
  • Substantial experience in conceiving, formulating and successfully implementing field/research projects to use isotope techniques for hydrology.
  • Broad experience and knowledge of the principles of natural resource management, particularly water resource management.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of another official IAEA language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) an asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $56 091 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $30 457*, 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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