• Organization: SGIM-Nuclear Fuel Cycle Analysis Section
  • Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters
  • Job Posting: 2018-06-25, 4:06:59 PM
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-06, 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 Information Management comprises four Sections and provides the Department of Safeguards with data processing services, secure information distribution, information analysis and knowledge generation necessary to draw independent, impartial and soundly based safeguards conclusions.

Main Purpose

Under the supervision of the Team Leader (Statistical Analysis) and as a member of the data management and quality (DMQ) group, the Associate Safeguards Information Analyst (Statistical Data) contributes to the IAEA's overall objective to maintain and further develop an effective and efficient verification system through the quality control, stewardship, processing and evaluation of safeguards data, in particular the results of laboratory analyses of inspection samples and in-field verification measurement results and through their comparison with associated operator declarations.


The Associate Safeguards Information Analyst (Statistical Data) is: 1) an associate, providing, inter alia, statistical evaluations of safeguards data and preparing regular and special evaluation reports on: measurement uncertainties in the form of relative standard deviations (RSD), paired operator-inspector differences, material unaccounted for (MUF), shipper receiver differences (SRD), d statistics and sampling plans, as a service to Departmental partners; and 2) a team member, collaborating with colleagues to identify the best methods for analyzing verification measurement data and corresponding State/facility declarations and for the timely peer-review and supply of evaluation results to Departmental partners.

Functions / Key Results Expected

- Acquire and process verification measurement data, inspection data and State declared data in support of the IAEA's ability to draw timely and credible safeguards conclusions.

- Perform quality control (QC) of the data, including seeking to obtain satisfactory and timely responses to questions regarding the correctness of State declarations and verification results.

- Contribute to the evaluation of safeguards data consisting of State declarations and independent measurements by non-destructive assays (NDA) and destructive analysis (DA) by assessing the quality of plant operators' measurement and accounting systems and of inspectors’ verification methods and deriving the associated measurement uncertainties in the form of relative standard deviations (RSD) in support of field activities (e.g. verification sampling plans) and material balance evaluations.

- Provide technical recommendations to safeguards inspectors and/or State or regional authority (SRA) and plant operators regarding the performance of their measurement and accounting systems.

- Contribute to improvements in stratification and sampling procedures, as well as measurement procedures.

- Contribute to the continuous improvement of methods, procedures and software, in particular the Section’s ongoing re-engineering project for evaluation databases and software.

- Participate in conferences, seminars and training programmes as an instructor for the team's areas of competency.

- Provide in-field support as requested by Operation Divisions.

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