Organization: SGIM-Nuclear Fuel Cycle Analysis Section
Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters
Job Posting: 2022-04-07, 5:01:25 PM
Closing Date: 2022-05-26, 11:59:00 PM
Duration in Months: 36
Contract Type: Fixed Term - Regular
Probation Period: 1 Year
The Department of Safeguards carries out the IAEA's duties and responsibilities as the world's nuclear inspectorate, supporting global efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. The primary role of the Department is to develop and implement IAEA safeguards to ensure that there is no diversion of declared nuclear material from peaceful activities and no indications of undeclared nuclear material in a State as a whole.
The Department comprises nuclear safeguards inspectors, responsible for carrying out inspections of nuclear facilities in over 180 States; and technical staff, responsible for a wide range of activities including: developing concepts, approaches and methods for implementing safeguards; designing, developing and maintaining safeguards equipment; providing analytical and laboratory services for sample analysis; collecting, processing, evaluating and analysing safeguards-relevant information; and providing information and communication technology infrastructure and services. In addition, the Department benefits from staff providing support in the areas of human resources, finance, communication and administration.
The Division of Information Management (SGIM) implements state of the art methodologies and techniques for the collection, processing and analysis of a range of safeguards-relevant information, including declarations submitted by States, evaluations resulting from the analysis of samples or measurements collected during infield activities, and information from open sources, including nuclear trade-related data and satellite imagery. Staff perform data validation and complex information analysis and evaluation to support infield activities and provide key input to the State evaluation process.
Reporting to the Team Leader, the Statistical Data Analyst works as part of a team providing quality findings as input to Departmental evaluation activities. The Statistical Data Analyst performs analysis on the results of measurement data collected during inspections at nuclear facilities, comparing this with information submitted to the IAEA by States. This involves interesting and challenging data analysis, the design and implementation of statistical models and methodologies, and the preparation of recommendations and reports.
The Statistical Data Analyst is a specialist in analysing and validating complex data using a variety of tools and techniques. He/she is an important collaborator in the process of evaluating States’ compliance to their agreements with the IAEA by performing data evaluations related to nuclear materials, identifying inconsistencies, and recommending follow up actions.
Functions / Key Results Expected
- Conduct analysis of incoming data from a variety of sources, such as States’ nuclear material accounting reports and data collected by nuclear safeguards inspectors during inspections and visits to nuclear facilities.
- Verify the quality of data by checking for accuracy, consistency and completeness and conduct follow up actions to resolve issues or inconsistencies.
- Evaluate and compare collected data using modelling and statistical evaluation tools to identify, analyse and interpret trends and patterns in complex datasets.
- Deliver value-added actionable findings and recommendations to collaborators as a key input to the annual reporting process.
- Collaborate with stakeholders to improve data flows and data quality, including providing guidance to enable the optimization of infield data collection activities at nuclear facilities.
- Implement and maintain Near Real Time Accountancy (NRTA) systems for specific nuclear facilities and interpret the results.
- Contribute to developing and improving statistical methods and quantitative models for analyses and data modelling, including prototype development.
- Contribute to continuous improvement initiatives by participating in the development, testing, implementation and management of statistical databases.
- Accompany nuclear safeguards inspectors during infield visits to nuclear facilities as a subject matter expert in statistical analysis for accounting and measurement data.
- Deliver training or presentations at conferences, seminars and training programmes.
Competencies and Expertise
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Analyses information to identify cause and effect relationships and correlations. Identifies critical elements and assesses consequences of different courses of action and proposes solutions.
- Plans and executes activities in the context of quality and risk management and identifies opportunities for process, system and structural improvement, as well as improving current practices. Analyses processes and procedures, and proposes improvements.
- 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.
- Expertise in applying statistical techniques, concepts and modelling tools to analyse data and identify patterns and trends.
- Ability to contribute to process efficiency improvements such as the automation of tools, application of QC algorithms, and development of procedures and work instructions.
- Experience with data scripting, prototype testing, data modelling, exploratory data analysis, and data visualization (e.g. with Python, R).
- Expertise in performing mathematical analysis on measurement-related data, in particular for the estimation of measurement uncertainties.
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills
- Bachelor's Degree - University degree in mathematics, statistics, engineering, physics, chemistry, computer science or a related discipline.
- Minimum of five years of relevant working experience as a statistical data analyst contributing to core business objectives and producing analytical reports.
- Experience in software development or maintenance, in particular for mathematical/statistical, scientific, and/or data visualization applications an asset.
- Experience related to the analysis of nuclear fuel cycle metrology an asset, but not essential as training will be provided.
- Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.
The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $62692 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 26331*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance
Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged
Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values): Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity. Staff members may be assigned to any location. The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above. Testing may be part of the recruitment process