Research Scientist (Marine Studies) (RML) (P3)

Research Scientist (Marine Studies) (RML) (P3)

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency


Main Purpose

As a member of the Radiometrics Laboratory led by the Laboratory Head, the Research Scientist coordinates and conducts the processing of numerous marine samples/year for analysis of natural and artificial radionuclides. She/he contributes to radioanalytical method development and radioanalytical laboratory work and to the development of techniques for contamination and process studies in coastal zones and the open ocean using radioactive and stable isotopes. She/he contributes to NAEL’s Radiation Safety Programme and supports technically and scientifically Coordinated Research and Technical Cooperation Projects.


The Research Scientist is: (1) a researcher using radioanalytical methods to analyse radionuclides in marine matrices;(2) a specialist in planning, developing and validating radiochemical methods and carrying out research activities in the laboratory; (3) a specialist applying tracer methods to study oceanographic processes and marine pollution and carrying out related field studies (4) a scientific secretary/technical expert, planning and leading technical meetings and developing strategies to support environmental radioactivity assessment and networking of marine radioanalytical laboratories and (5) a project officer, coordinating and evaluating coordinated research projects (CRPs) related to radionuclides in the marine environment (6) a technical officer evaluating and contributing expert knowledge to the implementation of TC projects.

Functions/Key Results Expected

  • Assist in the development and implementation of radioanalytical techniques and participate in the radioanalytical work carried out in the Radiometrics Laboratory on environmental, reference material and proficiency test samples.
  • Implement and apply tracer methods in studies of oceanographic processes, marine pollution and environmental change.
  • Provide expert advice for NAEL’s Radiation Safety Programme.
  • Promote, coordinate and evaluate CRPs, and conduct related studies.
  • Provide scientific and technical support to technical cooperation projects, aiming to harmonize methodologies and strategies in the area of marine environmental studies using nuclear and associated techniques.
  • Plan, organize and conduct training for analytical methods for radionuclides in marine samples.
  • In close collaboration with the Quality Manager, contribute to the development and maintenance of NAEL’s quality management system in the area of radiochemistry.
  • Provide input to the preparation of reports.
  • Plan and participate in research and training cruises for the collection of marine samples.
  • Participate in meetings and conferences according to programmatic needs
  • Represent the IAEA in working groups and expert’s meetings in support of collaborative research and project management and promote collaboration with other UN organizations and Regional Seas programmes.

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.


  • 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.

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.

Required Expertise


Environmental Radiotracer

  • Techniques Expertise in radiotracer applications to oceanography and marine pollution studies.


Marine Geochemistry

  • Expertise in marine environmental studies. Experience in sampling at sea.



  • Demonstrable competence in radiochemical techniques for the determination of radionuclides in environmental samples.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • A university degree in Analytical Chemistry, Radiochemistry, Marine Chemistry or a related field is required. An advanced university degree in the required fields would be an asset.
  • At least five years of relevant experience in radioanalytical and tracer techniques ideally in the applications to marine studies.
  • Good publication record in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Working experience in radiochemistry, preferably marine radiochemistry.
  • 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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