International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Gamma Spectrometry Specialist

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Job Description

  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 IAEA Environment Laboratories Division consists of four laboratories, three of which are located in Monaco and one in Seibersdorf. The Division supports Member States in enhancing their capacity to use nuclear and isotopic techniques to understand marine, terrestrial and atmospheric environmental processes and dynamics, and to identify and address environmental problems caused by radioactive and non-radioactive pollutants and Climate Change.The Terrestrial Environment Laboratory assists Member States in enhancing the quality of their analytical measurement data for the determination of stable isotopes, trace elements and radionuclides and in the use of nuclear techniques for understanding and protecting the terrestrial and atmospheric environments. This is accomplished through the provision of reference products, such as matrix Reference Materials, validated procedures, proficiency tests, and guidelines for environmental protection, as well as through the Coordination of laboratory networks and training activities.

Main Purpose

Under the supervision of the Laboratory Head, and with technical guidance from the Reference Material Specialist and the Environmental Radiochemist, the Gamma Spectrometry Specialist is responsible for maintaining and operating the gamma spectrometry laboratory at the Terrestrial Environment Laboratory.


The Gamma Spectrometry Specialist is: (1) a provider of Technical Support and guidelines to users of radioanalytical techniques in Member State laboratories; (2) an instructor of trainees in the field of methodology and applications of radioanalytical techniques; (3) a specialist, providing substantive advice and analytical results to other staff of the Terrestrial Environment Laboratory.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Ensures that the target outputs of the Programme are met in terms of analytical quality and timeliness by performing measurements of samples, including of candidate reference and proficiency test materials, using gamma spectrometry equipment and writing reports on the results.

Provides technical advice and guidelines on the effective use of radioanalytical equipment to Member States laboratories, including organization of technical meetings and training workshops.

Contributes to the development and modification of instruments and advanced analytical methodologies for gamma spectrometry, and writes scientific papers.

Provides training and supervise fellows on methodology and applications of radioanalytical techniques.

The incumbent may perform his/her work in areas involving exposure to radioactive materials. Therefore, as an Occupationally Exposed Worker, he/she must be medically cleared by VIC Medical Service and is subject to an appropriate radiation and health monitoring programme, in accordance with the IAEA's Radiation Safety Regulations. Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies Communication Communicates orally and in writing in a clear, concise and impartial manner. Takes time to listen to and understand the perspectives of others and proposes solutions.

Achieving Results Takes initiative in defining realistic outputs and clarifying roles, responsibilities and expected results in the context of the Department/Division’s programme. Evaluates his/her results realistically, drawing conclusions from lessons learned.

Teamwork Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

Planning and Organizing Plans and organizes his/her own work in support of achieving the team or Section’s priorities. Takes into account potential changes and proposes contingency plans.

Functional Competencies Commitment to continuous process improvement Plans and executes activities in the context of quality and Risk Management and identifies opportunities for process, system and structural improvement, as well as improving current practices. Analyses processes and procedures, and proposes improvements.

Partnership building Identifies and builds partnerships. Develops and maintains long lasting partnerships to strengthen relationships. Delivers programmatic outputs and acquires resources in support of Agency goals.

Technical/scientific credibility Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • University degree in Physics, Chemistry, or equivalent natural science with relevance to the position and its tasks. An advanced degree is an asset.
  • Five years' working experience in radioanalytical techniques with an emphasis on gamma spectrometry is required. Existing experience in alpha- and beta-spectrometry or related analytical techniques is an advantage. Experience in field applications an asset.
  • Teaching experience in methodology and applications of radioanalytical techniques with an emphasis on gamma spectrometry is an asset.
  • Work experience in a quality system under ISO17025 is considered an asset.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English is a requirement. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) or German is an asset.

The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $62120 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 32178, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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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