International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Nuclear Information Specialist

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Job Description

  The objective of the Department of Nuclear Energy (NE) is to foster the efficient and safe use of nuclear power by supporting interested Member States in: improving the performance of nuclear power plants, the nuclear fuel cycle, and the management of nuclear wastes; catalysing innovation in nuclear power and fuel cycle technologies; developing indigenous capabilities around the world for national energy planning; deploying new nuclear power plants; preserving and disseminating nuclear information and knowledge; and advancing science and industry through improved operation of research reactors.

The department has a dynamic, participative and interactive operating environment 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.

The Division of Energy Planning and Nuclear Information and Knowledge comprises the Planning and Economic Studies Section, Nuclear Knowledge Management Section and the Nuclear Information Section. The Division is responsible for strengthening capacities in energy and nuclear power planning, building capacities to manage nuclear knowledge and provide knowledge management services to interested member states, and to procure and provide printed and electronic information in the area of nuclear science and technology.

The Nuclear Information Section (NIS) consists of the IAEA Library Unit, the International Nuclear Information System (INIS) Unit and the Systems Development and Support Group. It foster the exchange of scientific and technical information on the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology; increases awareness in Member States of the importance of maintaining efficient and effective systems for managing such information; provides information services and support to Member States and to the IAEA; and assists with Capacity Building and training.

Main Purpose

Under the supervision of the INIS Coordinator, the Nuclear Information Specialist ensures high quality subject Analysis and classification of the records entered into the INIS Collection. He/she is also responsible for the regular updating and maintenance of the INIS Thesaurus and other authorities/manuals.


The Nuclear Information Specialist performs the role of (1) an Analyst performing subject analysis of IAEA and other UN publications, as well as of the bibliographic records received from INIS Member States and scientific publishers in the subject area of technology, instrumentation, accelerators and reactor engineering, and other related areas; (2) an Adviser to the INIS Unit Head on matters pertaining to the relevant nuclear subject areas, including maintaining and updating the INIS thesaurus and other authority files; (3) a team member working collaboratively on the maintenance and revision of INIS working procedures, guiding materials, and on the continuous improvement of subject analysis and indexing tools, and quality control techniques; and (4) an instructor teaching subject analysis and use of INIS products and services.

Functions / Key Results Expected

In the fields of nuclear physics, chemistry, accelerators and nuclear reactor engineering, and related technical fields, the Nuclear Information Specialist will:
  • Perform subject analysis of the contents of publications of the IAEA and other UN organizations, and of electronic input received from scientific publishers and/or INIS Members;
  • Verify the quality of the subject analysis and abstracts received from Member States, correcting errors and/or re-index documents as required;
  • Propose actions for improving the quality of the INIS Collection and for increasing effectiveness of the subject analysis techniques and retrieval capabilities;
  • Analyse and assist in improving the comprehensiveness of coverage of the INIS Collection;
  • Update and maintain the English language version of the INIS Thesaurus in the relevant nuclear subject areas, and improve other INIS authorities/manuals.
  • Provide assistance, by using the INIS Collection, with information retrieval to IAEA staff members, Vienna-based United Nations organizations and other users; and
  • Prepare presentations and other documents for INIS meetings and training programmes in subject analysis and information retrieval.
Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies 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.

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.

Functional Competencies Analytical thinking Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions.

Client orientation Helps clients to analyse their needs. Seeks to understand service needs from the client’s perspective and ensure that the client’s standards are met.

Judgement/decision making Consults with supervisor/manager and takes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules. Makes decisions reflecting best practice and professional theories and standards.

Required Expertise Information Management Information Analysis Expertise in analysis of the contents of publications, correcting errors and/or re-index documents.

Information Technology Library and Information Systems Expertise in analysis and support in improving the comprehensiveness of coverage of an online Thesaurus systems.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills Bachelor's Degree - University degree in nuclear physics, chemistry, biology or related field.

Minimum of five years of relevant working experience, including the use of controlled vocabularies (thesaurus systems) for subject indexing.

Experience in a national INIS centre would be an advantage.

Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) 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 $ 32924, 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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