IAEA Radiation Protection Specialist


Vacancy Notice No. 2013/072

Position and Grade:

Radiation Protection Specialist (P-4)

Organizational Unit:

Radiation Protection of Patients Unit
Radiation Safety and Monitoring Section
Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety
Department of Nuclear Safety and Security

Duty Station:

Vienna, Austria

Issue Date:

23 July 2013

Application Deadline:

8 September 2013

Type/Duration of Appointment:

Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year

Organizational Setting

The Department of Nuclear Safety and Security formulates and implements the IAEA's Major Programme 3, "Nuclear Safety and Security", which encompasses the IAEA's activities to protect people and the environment from radiation exposure, and responds to the safety and security related needs of its Member States.

The Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety develops and maintains standards for radiation protection, radioactive waste safety, and safety in the transport of radioactive material that enable the beneficial uses of radiation to be exploited while ensuring appropriate protection of workers, the public and patients. It also assists Member States in the implementation of these standards and provides related services.

The Radiation Safety and Monitoring Section is responsible for the delineation of an international programme to protect workers, patients and the public from all types of exposure to natural or artificial radiation, in line with the most recent scientific knowledge and information. The Section is also responsible for the provision of radiation safety technical services to staff members and experts who may be exposed to ionizing radiation as a result of activities conducted by the IAEA.

Main purpose

The Radiation Protection Specialist reports to the Unit Head and is responsible for implementing activities related to the radiation protection of patients.


The Radiation Protection Specialist plays several key roles: (1) substantive expert, developing international recommendations and guidance related to the radiation protection of patients; (2) adviser, providing authoritative and objective information to Member States and working with them, through the Agency's technical cooperation programme, to identify means of reducing exposure from radiation to patients; and (3) analyst, maintaining an overview of the status of the radiation protection of patients in Member States and working collaboratively with experts in Member States on special projects related to new developments in the field.


The Radiation Protection Specialist engages counterparts in Member States and in other international organizations concerned with the radiation protection of patients to establish international safety standards and guidance material, and to promote their use and application in Member States. In developing this approach, the Radiation Protection Specialist works closely with the Unit Head, other staff in the Division and Department and with relevant areas outside the Department in achieving the desired objectives and goals. He/she builds and maintains strategic partnerships and alliances with a wide range of stakeholders in Member States and other international organizations to promote the application of international safety standards.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Lead the development of safety standards documents and guidance material on radiation protection in medicine, ensuring that they reflect international consensus and state-of-the-art knowledge.
  • Identify and lead activities related to the Agency's interaction with national regulatory authorities with a view to enhancing the radiation protection of patients.
  • Promote the exchange of information among specialists at the international level of the latest technical developments in the area, e.g. through the organization of special projects on specific technical topics related to radiation protection in medicine, through the enhanced provision of readily available, quality information, and through technical meetings.
  • Communicate the results of Member State and IAEA activities to a wider audience, including senior practitioners, decision-makers and regulators, through the preparation of papers, articles and documents for publication.
  • Provide technical support for the application of international safety standards through managing national and regional technical cooperation projects, in close coordination with the responsible programme management officers in the Department of Technical Cooperation.
  • Develop and revise country safety profiles identifying the current status regarding the radiation protection of patients in Member States and serving as a basis for prioritizing the Agency's programme.
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships and alliances with a wide range of stakeholders in Member States and other international organizations to promote the application of international safety standards.
  • Work together with staff in other organizational areas involved in activities related to radiation protection in medicine, to ensure a consistent and harmonized approach is reflected throughout the Agency's documents and guidance.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of radiation protection principles and the science on which they are based.
  • Knowledge of relevant international safety standards.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills in drawing well-balanced conclusions when dealing with complex issues and in interpreting procedures and guidelines in order to adapt them to cover complex situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare documents of a high scientific and technical quality and accuracy.
  • Communication skills:
    • Strong presentation skills;
    • Ability to lecture at training courses; and
    • Ability to write and edit reports.
  • Interpersonal skills:
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with IAEA staff at all levels and with representatives of Member States;
    • Ability to work as a team member in a cooperative manner with other colleagues; and
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Advanced university degree in the field of radiation protection or a related science (e.g. medical physics, health physics, biomedical science).
  • A minimum of seven years' experience in the field of radiation protection of patients is essential.
  • Regulatory experience is desirable.
  • Experience in the application of international safety standards in developing countries desirable
  • Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of French, Russian or Spanish would be an asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $67 483 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $41 300*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance.

How to apply to the IAEA

Complete an Online Application

* Subject to change without notice

Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged

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. 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. Testing may be part of the recruitment process.