Austria-Lower Austria-Seibersdorf-IAEA Laboratories in Seibersdorf
P-3, Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year.)
Closing Date: March 20, 2017 11:59 CET
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.
Additionally, the nuclear science activities carried out by the Nuclear Data Section and Physics Section in the Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications fall under Major Programme 1.
The Physics Section is responsible for planning and implementing activities in the areas of (i) effective utilization of research reactors, (ii) fostering relevant research and development and applications using particle accelerators and related instrumentation, and (iii) plasma physics and fusion, in order to enable Member States to avail themselves of the benefits of nuclear sciences and technologies. It operates the Nuclear Spectrometry and Applications Laboratory, located at the Agency's Laboratories in Seibersdorf, which assists laboratories in Member States to improve the effective utilization of nuclear spectrometry and related instrumentation by providing technical advice, training, calibration services, assistance with the modification and development of nuclear instruments and with new applications of nuclear spectrometry techniques in various fields, including energy related applications, environmental monitoring, industry, and the study of cultural heritage objects.
The Nuclear Instrumentation Physicist acts as the team leader of the nuclear spectrometry group and reports to the NSIL Laboratory Head. He/she leads activities in the design, modification and improvement of nuclear spectrometry instruments, techniques and methodologies for effective applications in environmental pollution monitoring, human health, agriculture, industry and the study and preservation of cultural heritage objects. He/she also leads R&D projects and develops training activities in nuclear spectrometry, and provides technical backstopping support to Technical Cooperation (TC) projects.
The Nuclear Instrumentation Physicist plays several roles in the Nuclear Science and Instrumentation Laboratory: (1) team leader for the nuclear spectrometry group; (2) developer of new/modified instruments based on nuclear spectrometry together with associated analytical methodologies including Quality Management System (QMS) procedures (3) provider of technical support and guidelines to the users of nuclear spectrometry techniques in Member State laboratories; (4) teacher/instructor for trainees in the methodology and applications of nuclear spectrometry techniques; and (5) organizer and contributor to Technical Meetings in the field of nuclear spectrometry.
Functions / Key Results Expected
• Lead the nuclear spectrometry team, supervise regular staff members, as well as temporary staff members, to ensure the effective use of the nuclear spectrometry facilities available in the Laboratory and the IAEA activities in accelerator facilities;
• Plan, implement and evaluate projects in nuclear analysis techniques for instrument development with X-ray, electron and ion-beam sources in collaboration with technical experts;
• Contribute to the development and modification of instruments based on nuclear analytical techniques for improved characterisation of materials including the preparation and publication of scientific papers and reports;
• Contribute to the development of conventional and computer-based learning in nuclear analytical techniques and provide practical training on methodology and applications of X-ray fluorescence techniques;
• Identify issues in the relevant field which need to be addressed at the international level and the appropriate means to enable broad international consensus to be reached on those issues. Implement such necessary actions as coordinated research projects (CRPs), evaluate and monitor individual research contracts, organize meetings and prepare technical reports;
• Provide technical support to technical cooperation projects (national and regional) related to the application of nuclear analytical techniques, including evaluation of project proposals, planning and implementing activities progress reports, technical specifications for procurement requests, review the results achieved and conduct analysis;
• Coordinate/liaise with external institutions and stakeholders, including donor organizations; gather, maintain and apply knowledge of international best practice and future trends in nuclear instrumentation and spectrometry.
Competencies and Expertise
|Name ||Definition |
|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. |
|Name ||Definition |
|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. |
|Knowledge sharing and learning ||Actively seeks learning opportunities and actively shares knowledge and information with others; shares specialized knowledge, skills and learning from experience across different situations and contexts effectively. |
|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. |
|Function ||Name ||Expertise Description |
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|Nuclear Engineering ||Accelerators – Applications in Physics ||Experience in experiments at synchotron facilities and/or ion beam accelerators an asset. |
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|Nuclear Engineering ||Analytical and Instrumental Techniques ||Experience in operation and use of x-ray, electron or ion-beam sources with significant experience in development of end-station devices, spectrometry instrumentation and data analysis methodologies. |
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|Nuclear Engineering ||Management Systems for Nuclear Facilities ||Knowledge of basic principles of quality assurance and quality control for nuclear analytical techniques. Knowledgeable in operation and maintenance of a quality management systems. |
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills
• Advanced University Degree in Engineering/physical/nuclear/nuclear physics or a closely related science.
• At least five years of working experience in nuclear spectrometry, with emphasis on X-ray fluorescence.
• Working knowledge of Ion Beam Analysis techniques.
• Knowledge of scientific programming and computer applications in support of nuclear spectrometry.
• Practical skills in handling, using and developing custom made XRF spectrometers.
• Good knowledge and practical skills in sample preparation methods for measurement using different X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) analysis techniques.
• Substantial experience in conceiving, formulating and successfully implementing field/research projects in nuclear spectrometry, with emphasis on X-ray fluorescence and ion beam analysis.
• Demonstrated ability both to lead and facilitate work in a team environment with scientific, technical and administrative staff, and to build and maintain collaborative partnerships across organizational boundaries.
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment with respect to sensitivity for diversity.
• Ability to design and carry out experiments based on large facilities such as low-energy particle accelerators and synchrotron radiation sources.
• Teaching experience in the methodology and applications of nuclear spectrometry or instrumentation
• Experience in applications of synchrotron radiation sources and low energy particle accelerators for the characterization of materials.
• Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.