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Isotope Hydrologist (P4)

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

Main Purpose

As a member of a team led by the Section Head, the Isotope Hydrologist contributes to a results-oriented programmatic response to Member States' priorities in the application of nuclear technologies to meet their development goals related to water resources.

Role

The Isotope Hydrologist is a substantive expert, managing complex projects and a coordinator of project activities with other professionals in the Section, ensuring that tasks are implemented in the most efficient and effective manner in line with quality management standards and the results based approach.

Functions/Key Results Expected

  • Lead and conduct synthesis, evaluation, and geospatial analysis of isotope distributions in precipitation, surface water and groundwater to develop new or improved methods for understanding climate and hydrological systems;
  • Contribute to and lead the formulation and implementation of coordinated research projects (CRPs) and other IAEA initiatives to use isotope techniques for water resources assessment and management;
  • Contribute to and carry out a strategic and technical analysis of current issues in water resources management where isotope techniques can be integrated to provide effective solutions;
  • Identify and nurture programmatic partnerships with other UN agencies, particularly to develop co-funded projects;
  • Provide technical support and guidance for IAEA technical cooperation projects in the field of isotope hydrology;
  • Lead and coordinate training of Member State scientists in isotope hydrology, including the use of laser spectroscopy for isotope measurements in water, air and soil samples;
  • Plan, organize and participate in seminars, workshops, expert missions and training courses.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

  • 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;
  • Teamwork Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

Functional Competencies

  • Analytical thinking: Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions;
  • Knowledge sharing and learning: Actively seeks learning opportunities and actively shares knowledge and information with others; shares specialized knowledge, skills and learning from experience across different situations and contexts effectively;
  • 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

  • Hydrology Ground Water Hydrology Solid knowledge and extensive experience in groundwater water characterization using isotopes and related applications for resource management;
  • Hydrology Isotope Hydrology Extensive experience and thorough knowledge of isotope techniques application for water resource management issues
  • Hydrology Surface Water Hydrology Solid knowledge and extensive experience in surface water characterization using isotopes and related applications for resource management.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • PhD in Hydrogeology, geochemistry or related geosciences;
  • Minimum of seven years of practical experience in the application of isotope techniques for water resource management issues;
  • Substantial experience in conceiving, formulating and successfully implementing field or laboratory research projects, including proficiency in the use of geospatial and hydrological models;
  • Broad experience and knowledge of the principles of natural resource management, particularly water resource management. Experience in the use of geospatial and hydrological models highly desirable;
  • 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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