Section Head Applied Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy

International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

The Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications implements the IAEA's Major Programme 2, "Nuclear Techniques for Development and Environmental Protection". This Major Programme comprises individual programmes on food and agriculture, human health, water resources, environment and radiation technologies. These programmes are supported by laboratories in Seibersdorf, Monaco and Vienna. The Major Programme's objective is to enhance the capacity of Member States to meet basic human needs and to assess and manage the marine and terrestrial environments through the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques in sustainable development programmes.

The Division of Human Health is organized into four Sections whose objectives are to enhance the capabilities of Member States to address needs related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of health problems through the development and application of nuclear techniques within a framework of quality assurance.

The Applied Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy Section's primary objective is to enhance Member States' capabilities to establish sound policies concerning radiotherapy and cancer treatment, and to ensure the effective and efficient utilization of current and future advanced cancer radiotherapy treatment technologies.

Main Purpose:
As a team leader reporting to the Director of the Division of Human Health, the Section Head (Applied Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy) initiates, manages, coordinates and supervises IAEA projects in Human Health in the field of radiation oncology and cancer treatment, in line with the strategic goals of the Division, through efficient management of human and financial resources.

The Section Head (Applied Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy) is: (1) a team leader and manager of a group of approximately 6 staff members (radiation oncologists and a radiobiologist), ensuring the efficient and effective development and implementation of the Applied Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy Section's activities; (2) an adviser to the Director on programmatic, scientific, and technical issues in the relevant fields, (3) a coordinator of the Section's technical support to the IAEA's Coordinated Research Programme as well as the technical cooperation programme in the relevant fields; and; (4) a facilitator of inter- and intra-Agency cooperation with other scientific and medical organizations and with other Divisions/Departments in the IAEA within the programmatic responsibilities in question.

Functions / Key Results Expected:
  • Plan, develop, and implement the subprogramme on radiation oncology and cancer treatment in line with the strategic goals of the Division, the results-based framework, and the expressed needs of Member States, including identifying Member States' needs, developing programme and budget proposals, coordinating staff activities, and monitoring and assessing programme performance.
  • Initiate and implement research and development projects and provide technical guidance to Member States with respect to improving the quality of radiation therapy.
  • Coordinate and provide technical support to coordinated research projects and technical cooperation projects in the subject area, with the aim of establishing a wide outreach and practical implementation of the IAEA's programme in Member States.
  • Manage the Section's coordinated technical inputs to the PACT programme and coordinate activities with medical physics and nuclear medicine/diagnostic imaging sections for an integrated approach.
  • Broaden and deepen the field of knowledge by organizing scientific meetings, prepare scientific programmes and serve as scientific secretary for such meetings, and prepare and/or edit/review reports, manuals, proceedings and other scientific publications.
  • Represent the IAEA at international meetings and conferences and coordinate the activities of the Section with other international organizations, committees and scientific societies. 
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills:
  • At least an advanced university degree in Medicine, specializing in radiation oncology (radiotherapy). A PhD in medical science is an asset.
  • At least 10 years' experience after specialization, including working in a cancer centre or department.
  • Experience in staff supervision, leadership and team building, as well as in managing and budgeting scientific projects or clinical activities.
  • Experience in and affinity with clinical radiobiology and medical oncology (chemotherapy).
  • Experience in participative management.
  • Recognized scientific status, demonstrable through recent international refereed publications and invited presentations at international radiation oncology events. Experience in clinical trial research and Global health organization an asset.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.