Technical Lead

International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

The objective of the Department of Nuclear Energy (NE) is to foster the efficient and safe use of nuclear power by supporting interested Member States in: improving the performance of nuclear power plants, the nuclear fuel cycle, and the management of nuclear wastes; catalysing innovation in nuclear power and fuel cycle technologies; developing indigenous capabilities around the world for national energy planning; deploying new nuclear power plants; preserving and disseminating nuclear information and knowledge; and advancing science and industry through improved operation of research reactors.
The department has a dynamic, participative and interactive operating environment with inputs received from the Board of Governors, the General Conference, policy and decision-makers, and technical counterparts in Member States and the international development community.
The Division of Nuclear Power comprises the Nuclear Power Engineering Section, the Nuclear Power Technology Development Section, the Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section and the INPRO (International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles) Section. The Division provides core engineering, technological, human resource development and management support to interested Member States in the field of nuclear power.
The Nuclear Power Technology Development Section assists Member States in developing safe, environmentally benign, economically viable, proliferation resistant and sustainable innovative solutions for all civil reactor technologies, including water-cooled reactors, gas-cooled reactors, fast neutron systems (both critical and sub-critical) as well as small and medium-sized reactors. The section fosters international collaboration on technology development for reactor plants and for non-electric uses of nuclear power by facilitating coordinated research projects, technical meetings, and training courses. The section also maintains the Advanced Reactor Information System (ARIS) and Thermophysical Properties of Nuclear Materials (THERPRO) databases.

Main Purpose:
As a member of the Section led by the Section Head, the Technical Lead (Water Reactor Technology Development) manages, coordinates and supervises the IAEA's projects in water reactor (light and heavy water) technology under the guidance from the Section Head and the leadership of the Director.

The Technical Lead (Water Reactor Technology Development) is: (1) a manager who plans, leads, coordinates and supervises the activities in the area of water reactor (light and heavy water) technology in accordance with Member States' needs and monitors their implementation; (2) a substantive expert contributor who manages projects of particular complexity and/or sensitivity; and (3) a scientific secretary for international scientific meetings, including the technical working groups on light and heavy water reactors, and as such oversees the preparation and editing of scientific reports, manuals, proceedings and other scientific publications; (4) a coordinator of inter agency collaborative projects within the UN system who reviews and provides a systematic overview and preparation of technical documentation and papers for discussion.

Functions / Key Results Expected:
  • Plan, direct, coordinate and monitor the implementation of the project on technology advances in water cooled reactors aimed at improvements in economics and safety in accordance with Member States' needs, which include, but are not limited to, nuclear technology development and compliance of Member States with the requirements and recommendations of the IAEA's standards in these areas.
  • Coordinate the provision of specialized technical input to technical cooperation projects in the subject area and provide technical guidance; evaluate proposals and develop work plans; provide support in planning and implementing training courses and workshops.
  • Broaden and deepen knowledge by organizing scientific meetings related to the specialized field and serve as scientific secretary; prepare scientific programmes, contribute to the preparation and editing of scientific reports, manuals, proceedings and other scientific publications; prepare and organize in-house meetings in support of the Section's scientific programme.
  • Ensure the continued high standing and recognition of the IAEA in the scientific community by representing the IAEA at national and international meetings as required; establish and maintain contacts with individual scientists at various centres and in other relevant international organizations, committees and scientific societies.
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills:
  • Master's Degree - Advanced university (or equivalent) degree in nuclear or mechanical engineering or in a related technical discipline.
  • A minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience in nuclear power, design and development activities, including experience at the international level.
  • Comprehensive experience in the management of scientific projects.
  • Experience of working in a national/international nuclear organization or institute desirable.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.