Radioactive Materials Specialist

Radioactive Materials Specialist

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Seibersdorf, Austria

Main Purpose

Under the supervision of the SGAS Radiation Protection Officer, the Radioactive Materials Specialist provides operational experience and knowledge for the safe and secure management of nuclear materials and radioactive sources. This involves Nuclear Material Accounting and Control (NMAC), waste management, decontamination, clearance of material at the SGAS Seibersdorf facilities.


The Radioactive Materials Specialist acts as: (a) a contributing expert and operator for safely managing radioactive sources, nuclear materials and waste at the SGAS Seibersdorf facilities; (b) an expert supporting the Nuclear Materials Accounting and Control System for the SG Laboratories; (c) coordinator of project schedules and work specification for the safe and secure operations of the SG Laboratories; (c) a technical administrator, ensuring synergy among counterparts and timely development of schedules, reports, and all IAEA contract deliverables; and (d) an onsite liaison officer, supporting/acting for the Radiation Protection Officer as the local contact point for radiation protection and radioactive material management.

Functions/Key Results Expected

  • Act as the Nuclear Materials Accounting and Control Manager for SGAS. This involves maintaining oversight of the nuclear material accountancy system in SGAS by performing accountancy audits and inspections, undertaking Physical Inventory Takings, investigating inventory irregularities and preparing routine Safeguards nuclear material accountancy reports (e.g. Inventory Change Reports, Physical Inventory listing, Material Balance Reports).
  • Develop and prepare project plans in the area of radioactive materials management for the SGAS Radiation Protection Officer.
  • Manage and monitor progress of project implementation and report on deviations, difficulties, and other issues.
  • Identify/anticipate technical problems and delays related to radiation waste management and clearance of material from controlled areas and develop timely solutions in compliance with established IAEA Safety Regulatory and in other applicable requirements of the Host Country.
  • Contribute to the development of technical solutions and the planning and organization of activities by providing advice and recommendations based on specialist knowledge of radioactive materials management issues.
  • Communicate and liaise with all of the relevant stakeholders (e.g. Division of Radiation, Transport Waste Safety, Department of Nuclear Science and Applications, Austrian Authorities) to ensure proper implementation of radioactive waste management with the SGAS Laboratories.
  • Ensure and organize proper packing and transport of radioactive waste material from the SGAS Laboratories to storage and processing facilities both within Austria and internationally.
  • Provide and organize training of staff in the proper handling and storage and transport of radioactive waste materials.
  • Support the SGAS Radiation Protection Officer to develop and implement safety and security related procedures for the SGAS Laboratories.
  • Take part in implementation of emergency preparedness plans in the case of an accident or incident involving nuclear materials or radioactive sources.
  • Prepare reports, documents or any other related communication upon request.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Functional Competencies

  • 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.
  • Partnership building: Identifies and builds partnerships. Develops and maintains long lasting partnerships to strengthen relationships. Delivers programmatic outputs and acquires resources in support of Agency goals.
  • 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

  • Nuclear Safety: Design of Safety Rules Experience in the application of nuclear safety principles and guidelines within an established quality system (e.g., ISO 9001, 17025, etc.).
  • Safeguards: Nuclear Material Accounting Experience working within and managing a nuclear material accounting and control system.
  • Nuclear Safety: Safety Culture Experience in designing and conducting nuclear safety training courses.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Bachelor's Degree - University Degree in nuclear science, nuclear engineering, radiation protection or related field. Advanced university degree an asset.
  • Minimum of five years of proven experience in the management of nuclear material. Preferably with experience in the areas of nuclear material accountancy, radioactive waste and radiation protection.
  • Experience in the management of moderately complex technical projects.
  • Background in nuclear security and industrial safety is an asset.
  • Note: In-line with nuclear security requirements, persons undertaking the Radioactive Materials Specialist role are required to undergo security background checks.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

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