Career Opportunities at the IAEA


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Career opportunities at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), presented by the U.S. Support Program at Argonne National Laboratory.

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Career Opportunities at the IAEA

  1. 1. Career Opportunities at theInternational Atomic Energy Agency Presented by theInternational Programs at Argonne National Laboratory (
  2. 2. Argonne’s Role Home of the International Programs ( Manages the U.S. Support Program to IAEA non-Safeguards for the Dept. of State. Increases awareness of IAEA non-Safeguards careers across the United States. Provides tips for applying and interviewing. Assists U.S. citizen candidates with application tracking.Join Americans @ IAEA on LinkedIn: 2
  3. 3. About the IAEA Proposed by President Eisenhower in his 1953 “Atoms for Peace” speech. Established as a specialized organization under the United Nations in 1957. Focused on the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies. Headquartered in Vienna, Austria. Received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. 3
  4. 4. IAEA DepartmentsThe Agency’s work and technical departments fall under three pillars.Science and Technology Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications Department of Nuclear Energy Department of Technical CooperationSafety and Security Department of Nuclear Safety and SecuritySafeguards and Verification Department of Safeguards 4
  5. 5. IAEA Career Levels P-2 staff members participate in the execution of programs and projects, moving in the course of apprenticeship to higher levels of responsibility. Requires a university degree and two years of experience. P-3 staff members launch and develop particular facets of the IAEA program and gain further professional experience. Requires a university degree and five years of experience. P-4 and P-5 staff members either take on managerial responsibilities or carry out functions in a highly specialized field of expertise. Those with managerial responsibilities function as head of a unit or section. Requires an advanced university degree and 7 and 10 years of experience, respectively. D-1 and D-2 staff members function as director of a division, participating in the preparation and execution of the IAEA’s strategy, managing a budget and assuming a leadership role. Requires an advanced university degree, 15 years of experience, and resource management experience. 5
  6. 6. IAEA Job CategoriesProfessional Staff: Regular staff professionals work at the IAEA for five to seven years to help the IAEA carry outs its mission. There are approximately 2,000 IAEA staff, around 12% of which are Americans. Staff work at P-2, P-3, P-4, P-5 and D levels.Intern: Interns must be at least 18 years of age and must have completed at least two years of full-time studies toward a university degree. Individuals are eligible to apply for up to two years after the completion of a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. Internships last from three months to one year. 6
  7. 7. IAEA Job CategoriesU.S. Sponsored PositionsCost Free Expert: CFEs possess highly specialized skills and temporarily join the IAEA to help implement a new project or program. CFE assignments are normally at the P-4 (seven years of relevant experience) or P-5 (10 years of relevant experience) levels, and appointments generally last for two years.Junior Professional Officer: JPOs are entry-level employees who work at the P-2 level and obtain professional experience while performing essential duties. The JPO program is intended to introduce a new generation to international civil service and the nuclear industry, while assisting IAEA with basic, yet essential, work. JPOs are under 32 years of age and assignments are from one to two years. 7
  8. 8. IAEA Employment RequirementsRequired Qualifications: University degree in relevant subject (advanced degrees are highly advantageous). Relevant work experience. Fluency in English. Ability to work overseas in an international setting.Desired Qualifications: Multilingual proficiencies (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish). International work experience. Good social skills. 8
  9. 9. Vienna, Austria Culturally rich and close to other major European cities. First-place ranking for best quality of living in the world by Mercer (2009, 2010, 2011). Excellent public transportation system. Most Austrians speak some English.Though the majority of IAEA positions are based in Vienna, the IAEA also has somelaboratories and offices in other locations such as Seibersdorf and Monaco.
  10. 10. Application ProcessThe IAEA funds its professional staff and internship positions.Professional Staff: Vacancies are posted on Submit Personal History Form (PHF) online. Duration of the selection process averages six to eight months.Intern: Specific vacancies are posted on Submit Personal History Form (PHF), cover letter, two signed letters of recommendation, and most recent academic transcript to General applications will be searched when a need arises.Competitive female candidates are highly encouraged to apply. 10
  11. 11. Application ProcessThe U.S. funds cost-free expert and junior professional officer positions.Cost-Free Expert: Vacancies are posted on Submit Personal History Form (PHF) via fax to 630.252.3634. Duration of the selection process varies.Junior Professional Officer: Vacancies are posted on Submit Personal History Form (PHF) via fax to 630.252.3634. Duration of the selection process varies. 11
  12. 12. Additional Informationwww.IAEA.orghttp://international.anl.gov further assistance, contact: For safeguards information, contact:Allison Holiski Tanya CollinsInternational Programs ISPOArgonne National Laboratory Brookhaven National Laboratory9700 South Cass Avenue Building 197CArgonne, IL 60439 Upton, NY 11973-5000Email: Email: TCollins@bnl.govPhone: 630.252.5491 Phone: 631.344.2380 12