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3 May 2017

Full-Time Laboratory Head (P5)

IAEA – International Atomic Energy Agency – Posted by admin Seibersdorf, Niederösterreich, Austria


Job Description

Laboratory Head (P5)

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Section Head, the Laboratory Head leads the research and development, technical cooperation and training related activities of the NSIL.


The Laboratory Head plays several key roles in the IAEA’s Laboratories and the Division: a team leader ensuring the efficient and effective development and implementation of the NSIL’s training and service activities; a scientific leader of the NSIL’s research and development activities; a manager of human resources and key activities of the NSIL; an advisor to the Head of the Physics Section and the Director of the Division in programmatic, scientific and technical matters related to the laboratories.

Functions/Key Results Expected

  • Plan and implement the programmatic activities of the NSIL within the sub-programme on applications of accelerators and nuclear instrumentation through efficient management of the human, physical and financial resources of the Unit;
  • Develop and introduce innovative approaches in the sub-programme on applications of accelerators and nuclear instrumentation, including coordinated research projects, training courses and laboratory activities at the IAEA’s Laboratories;
  • Contribute to the strategic development of the future activities related to accelerator applications and nuclear instrumentation in close cooperation with the Head of the Physics Section;
  • Build and maintain strong strategic partnerships and alliances with a wide range of stakeholders in Member States’ research laboratories;
  • Liaise with collaborating institutes to plan experimentation at their facilities by MS scientists for effective use of resources and time;
  • Initiate and organize Technical Meetings, workshops, conferences and Consultants Meetings in the topical areas of Accelerator Applications and Nuclear Instrumentation, specifically related to the activities of the laboratories;
  • Support planning and implementation of Technical Cooperation Projects in the areas of accelerator applications and nuclear instrumentation;
  • Ensure the visibility of the NSAL’s activities as internal and external representative of the Laboratory, at meetings, workshops and conferences.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

  • Planning and Organizing – Sets clearly defined objectives for himself/herself and the team or Section. Identifies and organizes deployment of resources based on assessed needs, taking into account possible changing circumstances. Monitors team’s performance in meeting the assigned deadlines and milestones;
  • Communication – Encourages open communication and builds consensus. Uses tact and discretion in dealing with sensitive information, and keeps staff informed of decisions and directives as appropriate;
  • Achieving Results – Sets realistic targets for himself/herself and for the team; ensures availability of resources and supports staff members in achieving results. Monitors progress and performance; evaluates achievements and integrates lessons learned;
  • Teamwork – Encourages teamwork, builds effective teams and resolves problems by creating a supportive and collaborative team spirit, remaining mindful of the need to collaborate with people outside the immediate area of responsibility.

Functional Competencies

  • Leading and supervising – Serves as a role model when leading and supervising others. Provides his/her team with clear direction, promotes a dynamic working climate and empowers others. Is open to new ideas and demonstrates creativity in search of excellence;
  • Analytical thinking – Applies business analytics to establish programme priorities. Makes rational judgements from the available information and analysis;
  • Knowledge sharing and learning – Identifies and establishes systems and mechanisms to facilitate development of best practice and knowledge management. Encourages staff members to learn continuously and to share knowledge through mentoring, networking and development, and training opportunities;
  • Judgement/decision making – Consults with and seeks advice at the appropriate managerial level when making complex decisions. Facilitates dialogue and development of best practice to support judgement/decision making, in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules;
  • Technical/scientific credibility – Provides guidance and advice in his/her area of expertise on the application of scientific/professional methods, procedures and approaches.

Required Expertise

  • Physics – Nuclear Instrumentation.

Asset Expertise

  • Nuclear Engineering – Accelerators – Applications in Physics Experience in setting up and managing an accelerator facility is an asset;
  • Nuclear Engineering – Analytical and Instrumental Techniques – Knowledge of nuclear instrumentation and nuclear techniques based on accelerators is an asset.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • PhD in Nuclear physics, nuclear engineering or in a related field of physical science;
  • At least ten years of relevant professional experience in management of laboratory activities;
  • Post doctorate experience in experimental nuclear physics research, especially in an accelerator facility is desirable;
  • Experience leading a research group, including human and financial resource management;
  • Experience with accelerator-based experiments, specifically experiments at synchrotrons and/or experiments at ion beam accelerators;
  • Strong publication record in peer reviewed journals and at international conferences;
  • Experience with digital electronics, data acquisition systems and software development would be additional asset;
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

How to Apply

Job Categories: Science, R&D. Job Types: Full-Time.

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