International Atomic Energy Agency
Vacancy Notice No. 2013/103

Position and Grade: Dosimetrist (P-2)
Organizational Unit: Dosimetry Laboratory
Dosimetry and Medical Radiation Physics Section
Division of Human Health
Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 25 September 2013
Application Deadline: 6 December 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 Human Health (NAHU) is organized into four Sections whose objectives are to enhance the capabilities of Member States to address needs related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of health problems through the development and application of nuclear techniques within a framework of quality assurance.

The Dosimetry and Medical Radiation Physics Section (DMRP) is responsible for quality assurance and metrology in radiation medicine. The Section works closely with clinical colleagues of the Applied Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy Section and the Nuclear Medicine Section. Specifically, DMRP provides technical support in medical physics to ensure the safe and effective applications of nuclear technology in radiotherapy, diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine. It operates the Dosimetry Laboratory (DOL) located at the IAEA's Laboratories, Seibersdorf, and provides a dosimetry calibration service and a dosimetry auditing and verification service for Member States.

Main purpose

As a member of the Dosimetry Laboratory Team, reporting to the Laboratory Head and working under the supervision of TLD Officer, the Dosimetrist contributes specialized technical knowledge and experience to the implementation of activities related to the dosimetry audit services. The incumbent performs dosimetry measurements, processes data, analyses results of measurements and contributes to laboratory developments in order to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. He/she takes part in DOL quality management activities and contributes to continual process improvements. He/she contributes to the implementation of actions and tasks relating to radiation protection and safety activities of the DOL.

Role

The Dosimetrist is a technical specialist on dosimetry for radiotherapy, and a collaborator, participating in the provision of dosimetry audit services conducted at the Laboratory. He/she is a contributor to research and development related to various aspects of dosimetry audit activities and to maintaining and improving the quality of the dosimetry services. He/she is a data analyst evaluating, extracting, analysing and consolidating dosimetry audit data from the DOL databases and obtained from Member States.

Partnerships

The Dosimetrist maintains collaborative relationships with colleagues in the Dosimetry and Medical Radiation Physics Section, in particular with DOL staff, and with other IAEA professionals, including the NAHU Databases Manager, DOL Quality Manager, NAHU Radiation Protection Officer, general service providers, and others. He/she interacts with counterparts receiving IAEA dosimetry services in order to ensure their efficient operation and to provide feedback for improvement in the range and quality of services provided.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Conduct the work related to the implementation of dosimetry auditing services including measurements, data processing, development/update of databases and electronic data analysis tools and the preparation of reports on audit results.
  • Interact with counterparts involved in IAEA dosimetry services, review incoming data sheets and analyse data provided for DOL auditing services.
  • Execute quality control procedures relevant to auditing services that are required for the implementation of the DOL quality management system; analyse results using statistical models; identify deviations and possible causes and trends, and suggest improvements in the laboratory procedures.
  • Contribute to the DOL's developmental work, including testing of new dosimetry systems and new auditing procedures.
  • Provide measurement support to IAEA research projects in dosimetry, upon request.
  • Participate in the implementation of DOL radiation protection and safety activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of radiation dosimetry.
  • Knowledge of experimental methods in high precision solid state dosimetry for auditing purposes.
  • Excellent computer skills in standard applications required for word processing, data analysis and display, databases, report preparation and graphics, etc.
  • Skilled in problem analysis and information research.
  • Knowledge of radiation protection and safety procedures relevant to the dosimetry laboratory environment.
  • Ability to interact well and work effectively in a team, producing results within agreed timelines.
  • Ability to work independently within a multitasking environment.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • University degree in radiation dosimetry, radiation physics or medical radiation physics; advanced university degree (e.g. MSc) an asset.
  • Minimum of 2 years of working experience in a radiotherapy centre, dosimetry calibration laboratory or a research institute dealing with high precision radiation dosimetry.
  • Experience as part of a team delivering projects in the area of radiation dosimetry.
  • Fluency in English; knowledge of other IAEA official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish), particularly Spanish and/or Russian, an asset.

Remuneration

The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $46 730 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $29 674*, 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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