Satellite Imagery Analyst

International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

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 Information Management (SGIM) implements state of the art methodologies and techniques for the collection, processing and analysis of a range of safeguards-relevant information, including declarations submitted by States, evaluations resulting from the analysis of samples or measurements collected during infield activities, and information from open sources, including nuclear trade-related data and satellite imagery. Staff perform data validation and complex information analysis and evaluation to support infield activities and provide key input to the State evaluation process.

Main Purpose:
Reporting to the Section Head, the Satellite Imagery Analyst works as part of a team providing quality findings as input to Departmental evaluation activities. The Satellite Imagery Analyst conducts analysis of multisensor imagery to review and assess the status of nuclear facilities and infrastructure, and supports Nuclear Safeguards Inspectors in their preparations for infield inspection activities. This involves interesting and challenging satellite imagery and geospatial analysis, the preparation of recommendations and reports, and the testing and integration of new methods and analytical techniques.

The Satellite Imagery Analyst is: 1) a professional in the analysis and exploitation of multi-sensor satellite imagery (EO, SWIR, MWIR/TIR, HSI, SAR, etc.) and geospatial data for the review of ongoing activities and in response to specific tasking requests; 2) a proficient analyst, producing or contributing to analytical reports and briefings for key partners and providing insight or advice on capabilities, imagery collection and analytical processes; and 3) a proactive contributor to projects or working groups dedicated to enhancing methodologies and technologies to advance analytical tradecraft.

Functions / Key Results Expected:
  • Collaborating with other analysts and experts in the collection and integration of all types of safeguards-relevant information to ensure the production of the most comprehensive satellite imagery analytical products for nuclear facilities and infrastructures.
  • Producing comprehensive and insightful satellite imagery analytical products focused on but not limited to high-resolution panchromatic and multispectral imagery in support of the Department's preparation of field activities and overall State evaluation process, and participating in the peer review process.
  • Working together with Nuclear Safeguards Inspectors for the use of satellite imagery in support of the planning of infield and evaluation activities.
  • Supporting continuous improvement processes for analytical tradecraft by contributing to projects or working groups dedicated to improving standard operating procedures, enhancing methodologies, and implementing new technologies or techniques.
  • Delivering training and presentations internally and at conferences and seminars.
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills:
  • Bachelor's Degree - University degree in remote sensing, geography, science, technology, international relations, or a related field.
  • Minimum of five years of practical, hands-on experience in satellite imagery analysis, preferably including industrial infrastructure analysis.
  • Experience of effectively integrating satellite imagery analysis with diverse sources of collateral information.
  • Experience in routinely producing well-researched, high-quality analytical products and presenting analytical findings to decision makers and stakeholders.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.