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Radiometry Specialist (P3)

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Seibersdorf, Austria

Main Purpose

The Radiometry Specialist is an expert in laboratory based non-destructive analysis (NDA) instrumentation applied to the actinides, and is the technical lead for the advancement of the hybrid K-Edge densitometry technology (HKED) as it is currently applied by the IAEA at the On-Site Laboratory (OSL) in Japan. The Radiometry Specialist also backs up the Radiometry Team Leader in case of absence.

Role

The Radiometry Specialist is: (1) a non-destructive assay analyst, performing measurements using a variety of NDA systems, analyzing and interpreting measured data and preparing reports; (2) a technical specialist in HKED that interfaces with technical staff, regulators, and Safeguards organizations to understand operational needs for the measurement of actinide process samples.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Lead HKED improvements in hardware optimization and upgrades, software updates and training, and method development to support evolving sample measurement challenges.
  • Advise on the development of new HKED software data processing and interpretation.
  • Maintain an in-depth technical knowledge of radiometric systems and techniques including alpha and gamma spectrometry, and X-Ray fluorescence. Advise the Radiometry Team Leader on enhancements or issues with current systems.
  • Provide technical expertise in the analysis of several hundred nuclear material samples per year and ensure that data are reported within established quality and timeliness goals for each type of analysis.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge in the radiometry field by attending scientific meetings and by communicating with instrument vendors and colleagues outside the IAEA working in related fields.

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

  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Required Expertise

  • Physics Nuclear Instrumentation: Advanced knowledge of instrumentation modules used in gamma-, alpha-, and X-ray spectroscopy applications. Ability to set up, calibrate, and maintain various spectrometry instrumentations.
  • Physics Radioanalytical Techniques: In-depth knowledge of radiometric techniques, including Hybrid K-Edge Densitometry, high-resolution gamma spectrometry, alpha spectrometry, and X-ray fluorescence analysis.
  • Physics Radiometry: Ability to perform quantitative and qualitative analysis of samples using a variety of radiation detection systems and techniques.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Bachelor's Degree - radiation physics, analytical chemistry or a related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in an analytical laboratory measuring actinides (U, Pu, Np, Am) or fission/activation products (Cs-137, Co-60, etc.) in nuclear materials and/or environmental samples. At least 2 years of this experience should preferably be in an international environment.
  • Experience in HKED measurement systems an asset.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and/or Spanish) is an asset

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