Organization: SGIM-Division of Information Management
Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters
Job Posting: 2021-06-22, 9:03:48 AM
Closing Date: 2021-07-20, 11:59:00 PM
Duration in Months: 36
Contract Type: Fixed Term - Regular
Probation Period: 1 Year
The Department of Safeguards is the organizational hub for the implementation of IAEA safeguards. The IAEA implements nuclear verification activities for some 180 States in accordance with their safeguards agreements. The safeguards activities are undertaken within a dynamic and technically challenging environment including advanced nuclear fuel cycle facilities and complemented by the political diversity of the countries.
The Department of Safeguards consists of six Divisions: three Operations Divisions: A, B and C, for the implementation of verification activities around the world; three Technical Divisions: Division of Concepts and Planning, Division of Information Management, and Division of Technical and Scientific Services; as well as two Offices: the Office of Safeguards Analytical Services and the Office of Information and Communication Services.
The main objective of the Department is to maintain and further develop an effective and efficient verification system in order to draw independent, impartial and timely safeguards conclusions, thus providing credible assurances to the international community that States are in compliance with their safeguards obligations. The departmental operating environment is interactive, participative and dynamic with continuous inputs received from the Board of Governors, the General Conference, policy- and decision-makers, as well as counterparts in Member States and in the international development community.
The Division of Information Management comprises four Sections and provides the Department of Safeguards with data processing services, secure information distribution, information analysis and knowledge generation necessary to draw independent, impartial and soundly based safeguards conclusions.
Reporting to the Team Leader (SGIM), the Data Scientist drives the development and enhancement of the analytical tools and statistical models supporting safeguards analysis and the drawing of safeguards conclusions. He/she leads the design, development and implementation of appropriate analytical models to integrate existing and new safeguards tools in support of the Department's objectives with regard to nuclear verification evaluations.
The Data Scientist is: 1) an expert, designing and developing analytical models and highly complex algorithms; 2) an advanced communicator of technical and business concepts within the safeguards specific environment; 3) a specialist in applying advanced mathematical and statistical techniques within the Division; and 4) a key contributor to broader efforts to develop and improve information analytical capabilities across the Department.
Functions / Key Results Expected
- Drive divisional efforts to scope, design, develop and enhance analytical tools and statistical models to support safeguards business objectives.
- Lead the implementation of machine-learning models and oversee the data wrangling process for machine learning projects.
- Develop processes and tools to monitor the model performance and accuracy of analytical tools and statistical models.
- Develop effective metrics, key performance indicators, and visualization techniques.
- Lead the development and maintenance of effective standards, guidelines and operating procedures for the use of data science tools.
- Keep abreast of emerging technologies and advise management on the latest technological developments to support data science tools.
- Create and deliver internal training for management, analysts, evaluators and other stakeholders on data science approaches, tools and techniques.
Qualifications, Experience and Language skills
- An advanced university degree in data science or a related field, e.g. applied mathematics, statistics. A first level university degree in data science or a related field, e.g. applied mathematics, statistics, with four additional years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of the advanced degree.
- Minimum of seven years of relevant working experience in a data science environment, including substantial experience of leading data science projects.
- Extensive experience in modelling complex structured and unstructured data and identifying process and tool improvements through the use of algorithmic, statistical, visualization, and mining techniques.
- Experience of manipulating and analysing complex, high-volume, high-dimensionality data from varying sources.
- 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 $74913 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 39329*, 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.