Nuclear Fusion Physicist (P4) Job Opening

Nuclear Fusion Physicist (P4)
IAEA – International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

Main Purpose

As a key member of a team led by the Section Head, the Nuclear Fusion Physicist is responsible for supporting international cooperation on fusion research activities and fostering the exchange of scientific results among the different partners. The Nuclear Fusion Physicist supports the Member States through enhancing international cooperation on fusion research activities and fostering the exchange of scientific results among the different partners.


The Nuclear Fusion Physicist has several roles: as a (1) planner and coordinator, formulates, develops, organizes and implements the IAEA’s activities on fostering enhanced cooperation in fusion energy development; and as a (2) facilitator, helps the Member States to establish networks of cooperation among small laboratories and main facilities and laboratories working on fusion and plasma physics.


The Nuclear Fusion Physicist is a member of the IAEA’s team working on fusion and plasma physics in the Division and plays a critical role in establishing networks of cooperation with, as well as providing advice to, national and international technical experts and decision-makers, as well as small laboratories and main facilities and laboratories involved in fusion research and plasma physics. The Nuclear Fusion Physicist represents the IAEA in international initiatives on fusion and plasma physics, seeking synergies for technical expertise and inputs on international best practices, including interacting closely with ITER under the IAEA-ITER cooperation agreement.

Functions/Key Results Expected

Organize and implement activities (coordinated research projects, thematic meetings, workshops) to support novel applications of plasmas and fusion technology.

Serve as co-scientific secretary for the biennial IAEA Fusion Energy Conferences, and as scientific secretary in Technical Meetings and Research Coordination Meetings, and participate in other meetings as necessary.

Compile/coordinate the preparation of proceedings or technical reports and documents. Ensure the quality and timely updating of the IAEA’s fusion world survey.

Evaluate and recommend novel and existing techniques in plasma physics that can be used by Member States to benefit from nuclear science and technology.

Facilitate recommendations for further R&D and the nature of support required in the above areas, particularly regarding innovative applications of plasmas and fusion technology oriented techniques.
Evaluate and recommend proposals for the award of research contracts and technical cooperation projects in the above fields.

Provide technical advice to technical cooperation projects in plasma physics and fusion research.

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.

Commitment to continuous process improvement
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.

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.

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.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills
  • PhD in Nuclear Fusion or related field.
  • At least 7 years of relevant experience in plasma physics and fusion, including the use of diagnostic tools for plasma analysis, computational investigative tools and new techniques; a minimum of 5 of those years should have been at a major plasma laboratory or fusion facility.
  • At least 3 years of the above experience in an international working environment would be an advantage.
  • Experience in education and training of researchers and technologists.
  • 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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