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Unattended Monitoring Systems Engineer(P3)


  • Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2024-07-21

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE\: Please note that the closing date for submission of applications is indicated in local time as per the time zone of the applicant's location.

Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards carries out the IAEA’s duties and responsibilities as the world’s nuclear inspectorate, supporting global efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. The primary role of the Department is to develop and implement IAEA safeguards to ensure that there is no diversion of declared nuclear material from peaceful activities and no indications of undeclared nuclear material or activities in a State as a whole.

The Department comprises nuclear safeguards inspectors, responsible for carrying out inspections and verifications of all-safeguards relevant information for nuclear facilities in over 180 States; and technical staff responsible for a wide range of activities including\: developing concepts and approaches for implementing safeguards; developing and maintaining safeguards equipment; providing analytical and laboratory services for sample analysis; collecting, evaluating and analysing safeguards-relevant information; providing information and communication technology infrastructure and services; and providing programme coordination support.

The Division of Technical and Scientific Services ensures the provision of state-of-the-art equipment and related expertise for the accomplishment of the Department of Safeguards activities. Within this mandate, the Division is responsible for procurement, testing, provision, inventory control, performance monitoring and maintenance of safeguards equipment and supplies required by SGO Divisions; management of equipment development and engineering activities to meet quality and safeguards requirements; development and provision of documentation, procedures, instrumentation methods and techniques; provision of specialized technical and scientific support to inspectors and inspection activities in the field and at headquarters; and, radiation contamination monitoring of returned equipment and timely write-off of obsolete or contaminated equipment. The Division also coordinates departmental health and safety activities.

Main Purpose

As a team member reporting to the Leader of the Unattended Monitoring Systems (UMS) Team, the Unattended Monitoring Systems Engineer provides professional expertise for the deployment of unattended non-destructive assay (NDA) and monitoring systems and contributes to the development of the pertinent technologies. He/she participates in and coordinates a team of technicians in the planning, supervision and implementation of installation activities.


The Unattended Monitoring Systems Engineer is\: a technical professional, ensuring the efficient and effective implementation of the development, installation, service and verification of UMS; a technical specialist, advising the UMS Team Leader, technicians and other technical staff; an implementer, installing, calibrating and testing UMS; and an engineer, designing, developing, and assembling UMS.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Install, calibrate, and test UMS at various nuclear facilities throughout the world.

Repair, maintain and address operational problems of existing UMS installed throughout the world.

Test and assess the performance of newly developed advanced UMS technology, particularly NDA technology and data acquisition systems.

Draft the required quality management system (QMS) documents, testing and calibration procedures for equipment, and trip reports that detail the installation, repair, design or calibration of UMS installed at nuclear facilities.

Perform the evaluation and testing of UMS and relevant components prior to deployment in the field.

Draft and present clear and concise plans and presentations covering sustainability, standardization, project management, implementation, maintenance and procurement needs, technical specifications and procedures.

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(Competency Framework)

Name Definition
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

Name Definition
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.
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.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Information Technology Data Analysis Working knowledge of data evaluation, analysis, and interpretation for radiation detection systems
Safeguards Non-destructive Assay Expertise in the use of computerized simulation tools (e.g. MCNP) in support of development and/or implementation of various NDA instrumentation (gamma detectors, neutron detectors, and coincidence counting systems).
Material Out of Regulatory Control Radiation detection and measurement Demonstrated ability in developing, evaluating, and/or implementation of various types of radiation detection equipment.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Safeguards Nuclear Fuel Cycle/Nuclear Facilities Working knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle (e.g. enrichment facilities, various reactor types, reprocessing plants).

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Bachelor's Degree - University degree in physics, applied physics or nuclear/electrical engineering.
  • Minimum of five years of work experience in the deployment, production or use of nuclear instrumentation, with particular focus on unattended applications. Experience with safeguards instrumentation is an asset.
  • Detailed design, development or implementation experience with nuclear detectors and related data acquisition systems applied to NDA, such as high- and low-resolution gamma spectroscopy systems and neutron counters.
  • Experience with software for NDA, such as FRAM, MGA, INCC and MIC is an asset.
  • Experience in modelling complex gamma and neutron detector systems, such as with MCNP is an asset.
  • 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 $64121 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 37126, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; Other benefits include 6 weeks' annual leave, home leave travel, pension plan and health insurance. More information on the conditions of employment can be found at\: https\://

General Information

  • The IAEA's paramount consideration in the recruitment of staff member is to secure employees of the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity.
  • Staff Members shall be selected without any unfair treatment or arbitrary distinction based on a person's race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, age, language, social origin or other similar shared characteristic or trait.
  • The IAEA is committed to gender equality and to promoting a diverse workforce. Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are strongly 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.
  • The IAEA has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and the IAEA, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.

Evaluation process

  • The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the selection criteria stated in the vacancy announcement. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information. Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise, which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
  • Candidates under serious consideration for selection may be subject to reference and background checks as part of the recruitment process.

Appointment information

  • Appointment is subject to a satisfactory medical report.
  • Staff members may be assigned to any location.
  • Candidates appointed to posts in the Professional and higher categories are subject to IAEA rotation policy and their maximum tour of service shall normally be seven years.
  • 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.

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