Research Scientist (Biogeochemistry) (Radioecology Lab) (P4)

Research Scientist (Biogeochemistry) (Radioecology Lab) (P4)

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency


Main Purpose

Reporting to the Radioecology Laboratory (REL) Head, the Research Scientist ensures the development and participation in international projects to better understand marine biogeochemical cycles, as well as the organization and coordination of the laboratory activities in the assessment of the carbon cycling in the oceans. Also, he/she contributes to REL studies applying nuclear techniques to understand coastal processes and environmental changes and the biomonitoring of contaminants.


The Research Scientist is: (1) a programme developer and implementer, contributing to the fostering of collaborations with external institutes and organizations to develop international and multidisciplinary projects in the specific area of carbon cycle in the ocean; (2) a technical officer, providing scientific and technical input to developing, planning and implementing complex Technical Co-operation Projects; and (3) a project officer, coordinating and evaluating complex coordinated research projects (CRPs) aimed at promoting nuclear analytical techniques of a high quality in support of marine environmental research.

Functions/Key Results Expected

  • Provide technical expertise and assist the Laboratory Head in planning and implementing the programme in the specific area of carbon cycling, coastal processes and climate/environmental change, and the biomonitoring of contaminants.
  • Develop, plan and execute research on the marine biogeochemical cycles.
  • Plan and organize field and laboratory activities to monitor and assess marine biogeochemical cycles and the flux of contaminants and biomarkers.
  • Develop and expand the use of natural radionuclides as a tool to study marine biogeochemical cycles.
  • Prepare and write scientific reports and publications on the biogeochemical cycle of carbon and the export of carbon as well as of inorganic and organic elements in the ocean; represent the IAEA-EL in meetings and at conferences.
  • Supervise, instruct and guide consultants, research assistants, technical assistants and trainees in the laboratory and on research cruises.
  • Provide scientific and technical support to Technical Co-operation Projects, in particular to regional and inter-regional projects aiming to harmonize methodologies and strategies in the area of marine environmental studies using nuclear and associated techniques.
  • Provide support to the network of marine laboratories.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies


  • 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.


  • Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Asset Expertise



  • Proven and extensive practical experience in oceanography and/or marine biogeochemistry.


Environmental Radiotracer Techniques

  • Proven experience in and knowledge of nuclear and isotopic techniques in marine biogeochemistry.


Training Implementation

  • Expertise in preparation of educational training material and in conducting training.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Advanced university degree in chemical oceanography, marine biogeochemistry or a related field. A PhD in chemistry, marine science or a related field would be a significant asset.
  • At least seven years of professional experience in marine biogeochemistry and the application of radiotracer techniques to marine studies.
  • Experience in managing national and international programmes.
  • Experience in managing scientific and technical staff as well as scientific research projects.
  • Extensive experience/exposure at international level in the area of work.
  • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

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