Nuclear Data Physicist
Vienna, Austria
vor 22 Std.

Organizational Setting

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 Nuclear Data Section (NDS) is primarily responsible for the generation and maintenance of a number of high-quality and fundamental nuclear and atomic databases and providing services to users worldwide.

    The main means of dissemination is via the NDS website, which provides interactive tools to present the required data.

    Main Purpose

    As a key member of the Data Development Unit, led by the Unit Head and with additional guidance from the Section Head, the Nuclear Data Physicist leads coordinated research projects (CRPs) and data development projects (DDPs), produces technical publications, develops databases relevant to international users, develops theoretical techniques required for nuclear data calculations and evaluations, develops and implements training workshops, assists Member States to access nuclear data and provides technical assistance at the request of Member States.


  • The Nuclear Data Physicist : (1) as programme developer and implementer, provides input to the planning and formulation of the IAEA's programme in the fields of nuclear structure and decay, nuclear reactions, theoretical models, nuclear energy and other applications;
  • 2) as technical expert, carries out nuclear data calculations and evaluations leading to the production of databases and data files and provides technical coordination of work carried out by Member States;
  • 3) as technical and project officer, promotes, coordinates and evaluates moderately complex CRPs, invite consultants, and organize technical meetings in the area of nuclear data.

    Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Provides input in developing and implementing the IAEA's programme in the fields of nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, theoretical models, nuclear energy and other applications.
  • Plans and leads complex technical meetings in the area of nuclear structure and decay, nuclear reactions, theoretical models and other applications and provides substantive technical input to other technical meetings in the general area of nuclear physics, including assistance in preparing the scope, selecting participants, and coordinating the preparation of reports and documentation.
  • Carries out a wide range of theoretical calculations and nuclear data evaluations as input to international databases.
  • Provides technical expertise and advice to the Section in the area of nuclear structure and decay data and / or theoretical nuclear physics.
  • Promotes, coordinates and evaluates moderately complex CRPs and DDPs, involving participants from several Member States and conducts studies and assessments related to issues and trends.
  • Plans, organizes and conducts training for various topics related to nuclear reactions and medical applications.
  • Competencies and Expertise

    Core Competencies

    Name Definition Planning and OrganizingPlans 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.CommunicationCommunicates 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 ResultsTakes 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.

    Functional Competencies

    Name Definition Judgement / decision makingConsults 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 buildingIdentifies 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

    Function Name Expertise Description Information TechnologyComputer ProgrammingExtensive experience with implementation of nuclear reaction and structure models.

    Information TechnologyDatabase DevelopmentSolid experience in transforming nuclear physics results into nuclear data libraries.

    Information TechnologyDatabase DevelopmentSolid experince in transforming nuclear physics results into nuclear data libraries.

    Information TechnologyInformation Technology and Data ProcessingProven ability to process basic data for applications.Nuclear ScienceNuclear Sciences and ApplicationsExperience in coordinating large international collaborative networks.

    Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in Nuclear Physics. PhD is an asset.
  • Minimum of seven years of combined relevant experience at the national / international level in a relevant field.
  • Experience of the use of advanced computer codes and applications for scientific applications.
  • Experience of working in a national / international nuclear organization or institute.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.
  • Remuneration

  • The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $73516 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 33376 *, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses;
  • 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance

    Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are 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.

    Staff members may be assigned to any location. 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.

    Testing may be part of the recruitment process

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