Senior Laboratory Technician (ECT-Clean Laboratory)(G6)

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  • Salary:
    $54,871 - $70,666 / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    3 months ago
  • Category:
    Biology and Life Sciences, Facility and Security Services, Maintenance
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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 Office of Safeguards Analytical Services (SGAS) is responsible for the analysis of inspection samples collected in the field. Located about 45 km south of Vienna in Seibersdorf, SGAS is organized into three sections: the Nuclear Material Laboratory (NML), the Environmental Sample Laboratory (ESL) and the Coordination and Support Section (CSS). The laboratory sections conduct the screening, chemical treatment and measurement of the inspection samples. The Coordination and Support Section provides a variety of key services to the laboratories, as well as managing the network of analytical laboratories. SGAS also manages analytical and inspection activities in a dedicated On-Site Laboratory at the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant in Japan.

Main Purpose

Under the direction of the ESL Chemistry Team Leader, the Senior Laboratory Technician (ECT-Clean Laboratory) independently performs chemical and physical preparation of safeguards environmental samples for analysis by mass spectrometry and radiometry techniques. She/he also contributes to sample logistics and the assembly of sampling kits. She/he will help maintain the cleanliness standards of the laboratory in compliance with the ISO quality management system.

Functions / Key Results Expected

– Participate in the preparation and analysis of environmental samples by destructive analysis techniques, performing the chemical separation of actinides and screening samples by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS);
– Contribute to sample logistics by receiving, archiving and logging incoming samples into the laboratory information management system (LIMS);
– Contribute to the assembly of environmental sampling kits in an ISO Class 5 cleanroom;
– Contribute to the maintenance and operation of the laboratories to ensure the required ISO cleanroom standards;
– Ensure the quality of analytical results by following analytical procedures, while seeking opportunities for continual improvement to laboratory methods and techniques;
– Act as the Low Value Purchaser for the ESL Chemistry Team;
– Assist the Team Leader in the development and implementation of new analytical procedures.

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
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.
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.
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.

Required Expertise

Function Name Expertise Description
Chemistry Analytical Chemistry Understanding of laboratory management in which radiochemistry techniques and methods are used.
Chemistry Cleanroom Laboratory Knowledge of chemical separation methods for Thorium, Uranium, Plutonium and Americium.
Metrology Quality Management Knowledge of the implementation and/or administration of ISO 9001 and/or ISO 17025 quality management systems.
Chemistry Radiochemistry Ability to work in cleanroom laboratories.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Completed Secondary Education. Higher education or training in chemistry and/or analytical chemistry is an asset.
  • Minimum six years of relevant working experience in the preparation, analysis and reporting of environmental sample analyses.
  • Experience in the handling and preparation of actinide elements (Uranium, Plutonium and Americium).
  • Experience with analytical techniques such as ICP-MS is an asset.
  • Practical experience working with an ISO quality system would be considered an asset.
  • Experience with Low Value Procurement 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.
  • Administrative skills test to IAEA standard may be part of the process.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at EUR 61171 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), 6 weeks’ annual vacation, 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.
  • Recruitment will be on a LOCAL BASIS only.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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