Job Function: Nuclear Safeguards Systems Engineer
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Vienna, Austria (on-site)
9 days ago
Vienna, Austria
9 days ago
Job Duration
1-2 Years
Min Experience
7-10 Years
Min Education
Job Function
Nuclear Safeguards Systems Engineer


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 Team Leader, the Systems Project Engineer provides leadership and support for multiple large or complex projects. He/she acts as a main contributor, bringing both system integration and project management expertise to the Division. He/she supports the Department and Division by ensuring that such projects have: (1) approved designs articulating the selected technical components and their integration; (2) comprehensive specified system requirements and interface definitions; (3) accurate statements of work necessary for procurement of goods and/or services; (4) updated project plans to manage the timely and efficient execution of work packages.


The Systems Project Engineer is: (1) a systems engineer who develops the systems designs for complex projects meeting the operational need of Division of Operations; (2) a project manager, planning, initiating, and controlling execution of all project tasks; (3) a liaison among teams within the Department, as well as with external partners including facility operators and state regulators, for the collection of needs, design of instrumentation solutions, specification of work packages and allocation of appropriate resources; (4) a technical advisor on selection and integration of the selected technical components of the designed systems; (5) a designated inspector contributing to verifications in the field as needed and applicable.

Functions / Key Results Expected

The Systems Project Engineer manages initiation, execution and closure of complex equipment and system integration projects approved by DIR-SGTS.
In close contact with Divisions of Operations, SGTS technical teams and other project stakeholder internal and external to the IAEA, the System Project Engineer leads the development and organization of the deployment of technical solutions meeting the operational needs and in particular:
- Analyse the operational needs of the Divisions of Operations;
- Lead the design of conceptual solutions and confirms feasibility at the technical component level and integrated level for approval of execution of the project;
- Provide the SGTS Subject Matter Expert teams and other involved technical teams in the department with documentation necessary for execution of the work packages and deployment of the agreed technical solutions approved by SGTS management;
- Review the subsystem detailed designs developed by designated Subject Matter Expert teams;
- Ensure that effective communications are maintained between the project stakeholders;
- Establish and maintain best project management practices to ensure that the quality and performance of the integrated system meets the defined requirements;
- Establish and maintain performance indicators enabling continuous reporting on the progress of projects under his/her portfolio.

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.
Commitment to continuous process improvement Plans and executes activities in the context of quality and risk management and identifies opportunities for process, system and structural improvement, as well as improving current practices. Analyses processes and procedures, and proposes improvements.
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
Nuclear Engineering Instrumentation and Control Systems Expertise in designing, developing and/or implementing complex instrumentation systems.
Nuclear Engineering Project Management Expertise in managing complex projects for the design, development and/or implementation of complex instrumentation systems.

Asset Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Safeguards Containment and Surveillance Expertise in technologies supporting safeguards verifications in the area of monitoring, non-destructive assay, surveillance, and containment of nuclear material.
Nuclear Engineering Nuclear Fuel Cycle Facilities Knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle and associated facilities

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in physics, nuclear/electrical engineering or similar technical area. A degree in Business administration is an asset.
  • Bachelor's Degree - First level university degree in physics, nuclear/electrical engineering or similar technical area with 2 years of additional relevant working experience may be considered in lieu of an Advanced degree.
  • At least 7 years of working experience on technical projects, involving significant contributions in both Systems Engineering and Project Management, is required, including:
    • Demonstrated experience with conceptualization of the integration of multiple instrumentation/sensors into a system;
    • Demonstrated experience in interfacing with multiple project stakeholders;
    • Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining high quality technical documentation supporting initiation, execution and closure of complex projects.
    • Experience in Project management applying methods, such as PRINCE2 or PMI, is an asset.
    • Experience at nuclear facilities in particular in relation with instrumentation 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 $77326 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 45158*, 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:

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.

Job ID: 74257515

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