Quality Manager (Dosimetry Laboratory)
Position: Quality Manager
Location: Lower Austria-Seibersdorf
Application closes at: Nov 27th, 2023 11:59
Organization: NAHU-Dosimetry Laboratory
Primary Location: Austria-Lower Austria-Seibersdorf-IAEA Laboratories in Seibersdorf
Duration in Months: 36
Contract Type: Fixed Term - Regular
Probation Period: 1 Year
Full Competitive Recruitment: Yes
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE: Please note that the closing date for submission of applications is indicated in local time as per the time zone of the applicant's location.
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 Dosimetry and Medical Radiation Physics Section (DMRP) is responsible for quality assurance and metrology in radiation medicine. The Section works closely with clinical colleagues of the Applied Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy Section and the Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging Section. Specifically, DMRP provides technical support in medical physics to ensure the safe and effective applications of nuclear technology in radiotherapy, diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine. It operates the Dosimetry Laboratory located at the Agency's Laboratories, Seibersdorf, and provides a dosimetry calibration service and a dosimetry auditing and verification service for Member States.
The Quality Manager (Dosimetry Laboratory), under the supervision of the Dosimetry Laboratory (DOL) Head supports implementation of the IAEA's dosimetry services by providing technical support and maintaining the Quality Management System (QMS) documentation. The Quality Manager (Dosimetry Laboratory) conducts work related to the implementation of dosimetry auditing and calibration services, by coordinating all integrated QMS related activities i.e. acts as the DOL Quality Manager, contributes to the DOL R&D work, and mentors scientific visitors and IAEA fellows in dosimetry audit and calibration QMS procedures.
The Quality Manager (Dosimetry Laboratory) is: 1) a technical specialist on dosimetry instrumentation, calibration and audit methodologies: 2) a coordinator, developing, maintaining and improving the dosimetry laboratory integrated quality and safety management system; 3) a collaborator, contributing to the DOL R&D work; and 4) a mentor for scientific visitors and IAEA fellows in dosimetry calibration and audit techniques, and QMS procedures.
Functions / Key Results Expected
- Coordinate QMS related activities in the Dosimetry Laboratory as DOL Quality Manager. Oversee the implementation of the quality assurance programmes and maintain the DOL QMS, review it for improvement, arrange internal and external audits, maintain records of customer complaints, corrective actions and the risk register.
- Contribute to the implementation of dosimetry auditing services including quality assurance of data processing and the preparation of reports on audit results.
- Execute quality control procedures relevant to the reporting of auditing services; analyse results using statistical models; identify deviations and possible causes and trends, and suggest improvements in auditing procedures.
- Contribute to the DOL R&D work, including testing and maintenance of dosimetry and instrumentation systems and developing new auditing procedures.
- Provide measurement support to coordinated research projects in dosimetry.
- Mentor scientific visitors and train IAEA fellows in dosimetry audit and calibration QMS procedures.
The incumbent may perform his/her work in areas involving exposure to radioactive materials. Therefore, as an Occupationally Exposed Worker, he/she must be medically cleared by VIC Medical Service and is subject to an appropriate radiation and health monitoring programme, in accordance with the IAEA's Radiation Safety Regulations.
Competencies and Expertise
Core Competencies (Competency Framework)
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.
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.
Commitment to continuous process improvement - Plans and executes activities in the context of quality and risk management and identifies opportunities for process, system and structural improvement, as well as improving current practices. Analyses processes and procedures, and proposes improvements.
Partnership building - Identifies and builds partnerships. Develops and maintains long lasting partnerships to strengthen relationships. Delivers programmatic outputs and acquires resources in support of Agency goals.
Technical/scientific credibility - Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.
Dosimetry - Knowledge in the principles and practices of radiation dosimetry.
Medical Radiation Physics - Knowledge of calibration, auditing and implementation of dosimetry codes of practice in the clinical environment.
Quality Management - Knowledge in operation and maintenance of QMS for radiation dosimetry laboratories based on ISO/IEC 17025 standard.
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills
- An advanced university degree in Radiation Dosimetry or Medical Radiation Physics. A first level university degree in Radiation Dosimetry or Medical Radiation Physics, with additional two years of experience may be considered in lieu of the advanced degree.
- A minimum of five years of relevant work experience in radiation dosimetry.
- Experience in dosimetry and instrumentation systems pertaining to calibration and auditing.
- Experience with Quality Management Systems used in radiation dosimetry.
- Experience as part of a team delivering projects in a relevant area.
- Experience in contributing to research and development projects related to radiation dosimetry.
- Experience in mentoring, teaching or tutoring.
- Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.
The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $64121 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 30265*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; Other benefits include 6 weeks' annual leave, home leave travel, pension plan and health insurance. More information on the conditions of employment can be found at: https://www.iaea.org/about/employment/professional-staff/conditions