• Organization: SGTS-NDA Services Team
  • Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters
  • Job Posting: 2018-01-17, 4:14:42 PM
  • Closing Date: 2018-02-28, 11:59:00 PM
  • Duration in Months: 36
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term - Regular
  • Probation Period: 1 Year

Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards is the organizational hub for the implementation of IAEA safeguards. The IAEA implements nuclear verification activities for some 180 States in accordance with their safeguards agreements. The safeguards activities are undertaken within a dynamic and technically challenging environment including advanced nuclear fuel cycle facilities and complemented by the political diversity of the countries.

The Department of Safeguards consists of six Divisions: three Operations Divisions: A, B and C, for the implementation of verification activities around the world; three Technical Divisions: Division of Concepts and Planning, Division of Information Management, and Division of Technical and Scientific Services; as well as two Offices: the Office of Safeguards Analytical Services and the Office of Information and Communication Services.

The main objective of the Department is to maintain and further develop an effective and efficient verification system in order to draw independent, impartial and timely safeguards conclusions, thus providing credible assurances to the international community that States are in compliance with their safeguards obligations. The departmental operating environment is interactive, participative and dynamic with continuous inputs received from the Board of Governors, the General Conference, policy- and decision-makers, as well as counterparts in Member States and in the international development community.

The Division of Technical and Scientific Services is responsible for nuclear and other measurement systems applied in verification activities, containment and surveillance techniques and all verification logistics.

The Non-Destructive Assay Section consists of the Portable and Resident NDA Team and the Nuclear Security Team. The Section is responsible for the development, provision, testing and calibration of equipment and related data evaluation methodologies for non-destructive assay of radioactive and nuclear materials. In addition, the Section provides expertise, including field support, in the area of application of non-destructive assay to the Department of Safeguards and to the Office of Nuclear Security. The Section also coordinates the review, identification, evaluation and testing of emerging innovative technologies that have potential for future safeguards and nuclear security applications.


Main Purpose

Reporting to theTeam Leader, the NDA Systems Engineer provides professional expertise for the development and deployment of NDA systems in the context of safeguards verifications.



The NDA Systems Engineer is: (1) a specialist adviser to the Operation Divisions and support technicians on the selection and use of safeguards NDA instruments; an engineer, adapting and deploying in the field NDA systems for specific applications, as well as troubleshooting, maintaining and calibrating NDA equipment, and; (3) a technical writer, developing and updating development requirements for safeguards instrumentation, equipment specifications, equipment procedures and other reports.


Functions / Key Results Expected

• Provide expert assistance in the field and related documentation for the deployment of new or customized NDA instruments or special NDA measurements.
• Provide specialized expertise to the definition of user requirements, and to other elements related to the development and deployment of innovative instruments and measurement techniques, fulfilling needs requested by the Operation Divisions and agreed at the Department level.
• Manage, in coordination with the R&D project managers, the implementation of NDA equipment development tasks approved by management.
• Enhance the functionality of safeguards equipment through usability testing, maintenance and calibration.
• Prepare quality controlled technical documents, testing and calibration procedures for equipment, and trip reports that detail the deployment, repair, design or calibration of NDA instruments.

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.

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