Laboratory Head (NML)(P5)

Laboratory Head (NML)(P5)

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Seibersdorf, Austria

Main Purpose

Reporting to the Director of SGAS, the Laboratory Head manages all operational aspects of the Nuclear Material Laboratory (NML), which provides destructive analysis (DA) results and non-destructive assay (NDA) results from the treatment and measurement of nuclear material samples for safeguards. The Laboratory Head also ensures that laboratory activities are conducted in compliance with regulatory requirements for radiation safety and nuclear security, and that DA and NDA processes are carried out in accordance with internal quality assurance and quality control guidelines. The Laboratory Head takes overall responsibility for the implementation of all analytical work in the NML, including strategic planning, procurement, setting work goals and priorities, and providing technical oversight and guidance to members of the laboratory. The Laboratory Head is also responsible for the implementation of radiation protection and nuclear security measures for the NML.


The Laboratory Head is: (i) a supervisor and manager of around 25 staff members on issues such as budget and planning, human resources and procurement for laboratory operations; (ii) an authority on scientific and technical issues regarding the treatment and measurement of nuclear samples containing uranium and/or plutonium; (iii) an advisor in applying the principles of quality management to the work of the laboratory, including written procedures, staff qualifications and training, calibration of instrumentation and calculation and reporting of analytical results with uncertainties estimated using current quantitative principles wherever possible; (iv) a leader who ensures that all NML operations, especially those involving radioactive or dangerous materials, are performed in compliance with IAEA regulations, international and national laws and laboratory best practices.

Functions/Key Results Expected

  • Lead, manage, organize, and direct the work of the NML, and optimize the utilization of human, financial and equipment resources.
  • Ensure the provision of fit-for-purpose, timely and quality-checked DA and NDA services to the Department.
  • Ensure that the NML facility infrastructure (operational, safety and security) is effectively maintained and operating within specified parameters.
  • Optimise laboratory processes for improved (1) workflow efficiency, (2) radiation and industrial safety, and (3) nuclear security.
  • Guide extrabudgetary plans for developing and implementing new or upgraded instrumentation and/or procedures supporting laboratory practices in the NML.
  • Lead teams on high-priority projects, including the planning and implementation of resources within and outside of the section.
  • Liaise with external stakeholders to assure technical and administrative objectives are delivered within scope and on schedule.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

  • 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.
  • 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.

Functional Competencies

  • Commitment to continuous process improvement: Assesses the effectiveness of functions and systems as well as current practices; streamlines standards and processes and develops innovative approaches to programme development and implementation.
  • Partnership building: Identifies interests and goals common to the Agency’s partners and its stakeholders to foster partnership building. Promotes collaboration with partners, colleagues across teams and stakeholders.
  • 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

  • Safeguards, Destructive Assay: Ability to articulate the role of destructive analysis (DA) in safeguarding nuclear facilities.
  • Physics, Mass Spectrometric Isotope Ratio Measurements: Practical/theoretical understanding in the measurement of U, Pu or Am isotope ratio measurements by TIMS or ICPMS.
  • Safeguards, Quality Management of Analytical Measurement: Practical experience applying quality assurance and quality control principles in an analytical chemistry laboratory environment.
  • Chemistry, Radiochemistry: Laboratory management experience in which radiochemistry techniques and methods are used.
  • Physics, Radiometry: Practical/theoretical understanding of the main non-destructive assay (NDA) techniques used for samples containing U and/or Pu.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in analytical chemistry or equivalent related field.
  • Minimum of 10 years of laboratory work, including at least five years in a management role responsible for the analysis of actinide elements in nuclear material samples.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising technical staff.
  • Demonstrated laboratory/management experience at the international level.
  • Experience in the safe handling of radioactive or fissile materials and radiation protection requirements is essential.
  • Experience in a certified/accredited quality assurance system such as ISO-9001 and/or ISO-17025.

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