Organization: NEFW-Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials Section
Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters
Closing Date: 2020-07-06, 11:59:00 PM
Duration in Months: 36
Contract Type: Fixed Term - Regular
Probation Period: 1 Year
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 Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology (NEFW) comprises the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials Section, the Waste Technology Section, the Decommissioning & Environmental Remediation Section and the Research Reactor Section. The Division seeks to support Member States in building their capacity to access technologies, to share good practices and to develop safe and effective approaches across all aspects of research reactors, nuclear fuel cycle, decommissioning, radioactive waste management and environmental remediation. The Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials Section (NFCMS) assists interested Member States in the development of safe, environmentally friendly, economically viable, proliferation-resistant and sustainable fuel cycle options and it encourages information exchange on the exploration, mining and processing of uranium and thorium, on the design, manufacturing and performance of nuclear fuels, on the management of spent fuel, and on the development of advanced and innovative nuclear fuels and fuel cycles.
As a member of a team reporting to the Team Leader, the Uranium Production Specialist implements the activities related to the evaluation and recovery of uranium and thorium from the standpoint of resources estimation/classification and availability, economics and sustainability in current and future reactor fuel cycle systems, and operational aspects of the current uranium production cycle. This involves: (i) bringing together international experts by organizing technical meetings to prepare state-of-the-art and best practice reports in the areas of uranium resource identification, delineation, estimation and classification, mine geology, uranium mining and milling, processing of ores to ore concentrate and related environmental protection issues; (ii) maintaining information data on the abundance and distribution of existing identified uranium material resources; (iii) participating in peer reviews of uranium production facilities, and; (iv) supporting technical cooperation (TC) projects by organizing review missions training programmes, expert missions and workshops in various fields to develop technical aspect of capacity building programmes.
The Uranium Production Specialist is: (1) a programme developer and implementer, contributing specialized knowledge and experience to the planning and development of IAEA's programmes on uranium resources; (2) a scientific secretary/technical expert, planning and leading Consultancy and Technical Meetings; (3) a mission leader, planning and leading moderately complex review missions; and (4) a technical and project officer evaluating TC projects, and coordinating and evaluating coordinated research projects (CRPs) in the area of uranium resources.
Functions / Key Results Expected
Competencies and Expertise
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.
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.
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.
Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.
Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions.
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.
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.
Identifies and builds partnerships. Develops and maintains long lasting partnerships to strengthen relationships. Delivers programmatic outputs and acquires resources in support of Agency goals.
Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.
Uranium raw material production cycle, including resource delineation, exploration, production geology, mine geology and milling and processing of ores to ore concentrate.
Nuclear Fuel Cycle Facilities
Facilities involved in the uranium production cycle, such as mine sites and uranium extraction facilities.
Developing, implementing programmes, evaluating projects and promoting, coordinating and evaluating coordinated research projects.
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills