International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Consultant (Safety Small Modular Reactors)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Job Description

  Organizational Setting

The Department of Nuclear Safety and Security (NS) formulates and implements the IAEA's nuclear Safety and Security programme, which encompasses the Agency's activities to protect people and the environment from radiation exposure, and responds to the safety and security related needs of its Member States.

The objective of the Division of Nuclear Installation Safety (NSNI) is to achieve and maintain a high level of safety of nuclear installations worldwide that are under Design or construction or in operation. The Division does this by establishing standards of safety for the protection of health, including standards for nuclear power plants and other nuclear installations and facilities, and by providing for the application of these standards through, among other things, support for the IAEA's Technical Cooperation programme, the rendering of safety review services, the promotion of education and training, the fostering of Information Exchange and the Coordination of Research and Development. 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.

NSNI comprises five Sections:
  • External Events Safety Section
  • Operational Safety Section
  • Safety Assessment Section
  • Regulatory Activities Section
  • Research Reactor Safety Section
The Safety Assessment Section (SAS) helps to improve the capability of Member States in carrying out effective safety assessments and enhancing the safety of nuclear installations to achieve a high level of safety by developing safety standards and guides for design and safety assessment; by promoting the use of advanced safety assessment methods and tools with enhanced integration of deterministic and probabilistic approaches and the use of risk-informed and performance-based safety evaluation approaches.

Main Purpose

Provide expert advice on safety assessment and design safety projects related to emerging topics, such as SMRs, micro-reactors and innovative reactors safety assessment and application of new design safety requirements.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Develop draft progress and final project reports related to the current extra-budgetary projects on Small Medium or Modular Reactors (SMRs).
  • Collect, evaluate, consolidate, and disseminate project information for successful completion of the projects, including participation in and contribution to meetings under the scope of the projects.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in a team and to focus on results' achievement.
  • Knowledge of the nuclear field including safety aspects.
  • Very good command of Microsoft Office

  • Knowledge of safety assessment and design safety of Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs).
  • Project Management abilities.
Qualifications and Experience

  • University Degree in engineering, physics, or chemistry.
  • Minimum of five years of working experience, preferably in the nuclear field.
  • Experience with the design and/or safety assessment of small modular reactors, micro-reactors and/or innovative reactors such as molten salt reactors.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

The remuneration for this consultancy is a daily fee of up to a maximum of € 250, based on qualifications and experience. In case duty travel is required within the assignment, a daily subsistence allowance (DSA) and travel costs are provided. Health coverage and pension fund are the responsibility of the incumbent.

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