Senior Nuclear Engineer (INPRO)(P5)

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

Main Purpose

Within the INPRO Section, the Senior Nuclear Engineer (INPRO) reports to the Section Head. The primary technical focus is to be the Task Leader for INPRO Task 2: Innovations. In that role, they assist the Section Head in management and leadership of the Task and plan and implement Task 2, including the development and implementation of Collaborative Projects performed by participating experts from INPRO member countries. The Task 2 Leader also works directly with the Section Head to develop conceptual approaches to further integrate all the INPRO Task Areas into a coordinated platform to provide services in INPRO member countries. INPRO Collaborative Projects provide an international venue for cooperation on a broad range of topics selected to address current issues of interest to Member States on sustainable development of nuclear energy systems -- regarding both technological and institutional innovations.


The Senior Nuclear Engineer (INPRO) is: (1) a task Leader, assisting the Section Head in management and leadership of the Innovations Task; (2) a programme developer and implementer, further integrating the INPRO Subprogramme through development of INPROs Innovations Task, fully coordinating with materials and resources developed under the other INPRO Task areas; (3) a scientific secretary, planning and leading Consultancy, Technical and Training Meetings; (4) a recognized technical and institutional subject matter expert directly developing the INPRO Section's technological and institutional perspectives on topical areas addressed by INPRO collaborative projects; (5) a conceptual innovator, working with the Section Head and with other Task Leaders to further integrate and coordinate the technical content of all the INPRO Tasks and propose new activities under Task 2 that will directly benefit progress and further integration of the other INPRO Task areas; (6) a facilitator and coordinator of cooperation with other Sections, Divisions, and Departments in the IAEA dealing with INPRO-related areas of work; (7) a developer and manager of relationships with Member State experts and their institutions that participate in INPRO collaborative projects; (8) a senior advisor to the INPRO Section Head on technical, institutional and management issues, and the principal senior technical staff member deputizing the Section Head

Functions/Key Results Expected

  • Provide advice to the Section Head in the management and leadership of the Innovations Task, giving specific advice on the projects and their direction in support of further integration of all the Task Areas of INPRO;
  • Broaden and deepen knowledge of INPRO focus areas within Member States by planning and organizing Collaborative Projects involving Technical Meetings, Consultancy Meetings, training efforts, preparing work programmes, contributing to the preparation and development and editing of technical reports, manuals, proceedings and other documents, and organizing in-house meetings in support of the Section's work programme;
  • Coordinate an integrated delivery of INPRO's tools and services to Member States and promote the exchange of information on INPRO activities;
  • In coordination with Section Head and the other Task Leaders , develop concepts to further integrate the INPRO Task Areas into a coordinated platform to deliver services to INPRO member countries;
  • Ensure the continued high standing and recognition of the IAEA in the technical community by representing the IAEA at international meetings as required;
  • Establish and maintain contacts with individual technical and institutional experts at various centres and at other relevant international organizations, committees and scientific societies, promote INPRO activities to potential partners and mobilize their participation in the joint projects and initiatives;
  • Cooperate and coordinate with other IAEA Sections and Divisions and with other international organizations on topics of mutual interest and provide assistance, as required, in other activities of the Division, the Department and to other IAEA Departments on subjects of relevance to INPRO.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

  • 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.

Functional Competencies

  • Analytical thinking: Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge sharing and learning: Actively seeks learning opportunities and actively shares knowledge and information with others; shares specialized knowledge, skills and learning from experience across different situations and contexts effectively.
  • Judgement/decision making: Consults with supervisor/manager and takes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules. Makes decisions reflecting best practice and professional theories and standards.
  • Leading and supervising: Demonstrates initiative and role model behaviour. Is proactive and works toward supporting an achievement oriented culture and performance excellence.

Required Expertise

  • Nuclear Engineering, Gas-Cooled Reactors: Broad knowledge of gas cooled reactor concepts
  • Nuclear Engineering, Heavy Water Reactors: Broad knowledge of heavy water reactor concepts
  • Nuclear Engineering, Light Water Reactors: Broad knowledge of light water reactor concepts
  • Nuclear Engineering, Liquid Metal-Cooled Fast Reactors: Broad knowledge of liquid metal cooled reactor concepts
  • Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Fuel Cycle Facilities: Broad knowledge of nuclear fuel cycle facilities from the front end to the back end.
  • Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Power Infrastructure Development: Broad knowledge and practical professional experience of how national nuclear institutions (regulators and ministries) operate and coordinate and of related international institutions
  • Nuclear Engineering, Technology for Innovative Fuel Cycles and Advanced Reactors: Expert knowledge related to one or more of the reactor designs and/or related fuel cycle design areas listed above.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Master's Degree - Master's or equivalent advanced degree in Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Chemistry or Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering;
  • Doctorate Degree - Doctoral or equivalent advanced degree in Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering is an asset;
  • A minimum of 10 years professional experience in the nuclear energy field (nuclear energy R&D laboratory and/or nuclear power and/or nuclear fuel cycle industry), including 4 years in an international project context;
  • Demonstrated professional experience as a team leader on engineering and technical projects for at least 3 years;
  • Specific professional experience working for, or in close cooperation with, a national nuclear institution such as a national laboratory, nuclear ministry, nuclear TSO or nuclear regulator;
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Chinese, French and Russian) is an asset.

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