Housed at Argonne National Laboratory, the IAEA Program Office works with the Department of State to serve as an interface between the IAEA and the US nuclear community, promoting peaceful uses of nuclear energy and technology, and supporting nuclear safety and security.
The IAEA Careers Program encourages well-qualified Americans to join the IAEA's professional staff in non-Safeguards departments and assists interested candidates in applying to open positions.
Outreach and Recruitment
The Office supports US citizens interested in employment at the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna and its research laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria and Monaco by:
- Providing personalized, field-specific job alerts
- Sharing tips for applying and interviewing
- Tracking applications through the selection process
- Offering networking opportunities through our LinkedIn group
- Providing information for Americans transitioning to Vienna
For assistance, candidates can contact us at IAEAStaffing@anl.gov.
The United States government sponsors US citizens to work for the IAEA for a fixed term as Cost-Free Experts, Junior Professional Officers, and Interns. The IAEA Program Office coordinates these sponsorships for the IAEA's non-Safeguards departments.
Department of Safeguards
Similar programs for the IAEA's Department of Safeguards are administered through the International Safeguards Project Office (ISPO) at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
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How To Apply
If you wish to apply for an available JPO position listed above, please complete the JPO Checklist, and upload it along with a resume and cover letter to https://international.anl.gov/IAEA-Careers.html. Send an email to IAEAStaffing@anl.gov to confirm that the upload was successful. Please include position ID in the top left of all pages.
Junior Professional Officers
The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) program offers US citizens an opportunity to temporarily join the IAEA's workforce in order to gain work experience in an international environment and learn specialized skills they can bring back to the United States. JPOs work as part of a team and under the guidance of a senior professional in either a scientific, technical or administrative field. The IAEA Program Office at Argonne National Laboratory administers the US JPO program within IAEA's non-Safeguards departments.
Assignment Duration and Qualifications
Assignments typically last for two years. Individuals are eligible to participate in the program if they are 32 years old or younger and hold a university degree (note that some positions may require an advanced degree). Fluency in English is required for all posts. A working knowledge of at least one additional official Agency language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is advantageous.
The IAEA forwards all requests for US-sponsored JPOs to the Department of State through the US Mission in Vienna for consideration and recommendations, where efforts are made to recruit well-qualified US candidates. Once candidates are identified, the US government reviews their qualifications and determines which candidates' applications will be forwarded to the IAEA for their review and final selection. Selection of JPOs is based primarily on the candidate's academic qualifications and relevant experience.
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Internships at the IAEA provide students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain practical work experience in their field(s) of interest as well as benefit the activities of the IAEA.
How To Apply
If you wish to apply for an available internship position listed above, please complete the Internship Checklist, and upload it along with a resume and cover letter to https://international.anl.gov/IAEA-Careers.html. Send an email to IAEAStaffing@anl.gov to confirm that the upload was successful. Please include position ID in the top left of all pages.
Assignment Duration and Qualifications
IP-sponsored internship assignments are one year in length. Selected interns will be required to apply for a one-year visa to work in Austria. Interns are unable to enter Austria on a U.S. tourist visa.
Individuals are eligible to participate in the program if they are 20 years or older and have completed at least three years of full time university studies. Graduates may apply up to one year after completion of their bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree. For the list of internship educational fields and other IAEA internship program details, please see the IAEA's internship web page.
IAEA Program Office Sponsored Internships
In addition to the IAEA's general internship program, the IAEA Program Office sponsors several internships each year in non-Safeguards departments of the IAEA. These internships are one year in length and eligibility is limited to US citizens. Benefits of these internships include:
- Round trip airfare to Vienna or the relevant duty station (for non-local recruits)
- One-time allowance
- Monthly stipend to cover basic subsistence costs
- Cost-free medical insurance (if needed)
To be notified of these opportunities, please subscribe to our job alerts and indicate that you are also interested in internships at the IAEA.
IAEA Funded vs. IAEA Program Office Sponsored Internships
There are two ways to be considered for an internship at the IAEA. Eligible individuals can apply directly to the IAEA to advertised internships on their website by submitting their online Job Application Form against a specific internship and answer the mandatory filter questions and include two signed letters of recommendation. IAEA sponsored assignments are three months to one year in length.
For internships sponsored by the IAEA Program Office, applicants must complete an online IAEA Job Application Form, but rather than submit it to the IAEA, submit it directly to the IAEA Program Office. These internships are one year in length and are advertised annually on this web page in August/September. Additional details on how to apply will be made available when the internship opportunities are advertised. Eligibility is limited to US citizens.
If you'd like to receive a notification when these internships are advertised, please subscribe to our job alerts and indicate that you are interested in internships at the IAEA.
Periodically, the IAEA requires additional expertise in specific fields in the form of supplemental staff. The IAEA sends a request to the United States government to finance a Cost-Free Expert (CFE) in this area, who possesses highly specialized skills. The CFE temporarily joins the IAEA to help implement a new project or program.
CFE contracts are normally two years long. At the end of that time, the Agency may ask for an extension of the contract on the grounds that the CFE is indispensable to the continuation or completion of the project or program on which he or she is working. Since CFEs are not intended to be a means of replacing regular staff, the United States government must be satisfied that the Agency could not replace the CFE by a member of the regular staff, and that extending the current CFE position would serve the best interests of both the IAEA and the United States.
CFE assignments are written by the IAEA to correspond to the qualifications needed by professional staff members at the higher professional levels. Candidates interested in CFE assignments are expected to hold an advanced university degree and appropriate prior work experience in their chosen profession. CFE assignments are normally at the P-4 (minimum: seven years relevant experience) or P-5 (minimum: ten years relevant experience) levels and do not include managerial or supervisory tasks.
How To Apply
If you wish to apply for an available CFE position listed above, please complete the CFE Checklist, and upload it along with a resume and cover letter to international.anl.gov/IAEA-Careers.html. Send an email to IAEAStaffing@anl.gov to confirm that the upload was successful. Please include position ID in the top left of all pages.
The Agency forwards all requests for US-sponsored CFEs to the Department of State through the US Mission in Vienna for consideration and recommendations, where efforts are made to recruit well-qualified US candidates. Once candidates are identified, the US government reviews their qualifications and determines which candidates' applications will be forwarded to the IAEA for their review and final selection.
Living in Vienna
Vienna, Austria has a long history of hosting key players on the global stage and having a strong role in European and world politics, art, music and culture. Located in the heart of Europe – just a train ride or short flight from Rome, Prague, Budapest, Paris, and other major European cities – Vienna remains one of Europe's cultural centers, with numerous theaters, opera houses, museums, parks and cafés in a wide variety of architectural styles.
Vienna is also home to many United Nations offices and other international institutions, including the IAEA. It is a safe and welcoming city to visitors and residents alike. Vienna has long boasted one of the highest standards of living worldwide. In 2016, Vienna retained its title as the best place in the world for expatriates to live for the sixth year in a row on the annual Mercer Quality of Living Survey. Click here to hear more from US expats in Vienna.
Repatriate Career Network
For professional positions, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) follows a policy of rotation whereby staff must rotate out of the organization. This policy allows Member States to benefit from the return of their nationals after gaining expertise at the IAEA, and it allows the IAEA to have a continuous influx of fresh knowledge and experience at all levels. Because of this policy, a greater number of international experts receive a second-to-none opportunity to work at the IAEA.
Regular fixed-term positions offer an initial three-year appointment, which can be extended based on program requirements and work performance. As a rule, five years constitute the normal period a staff member can expect to be employed by the IAEA.
Because of the rotation policy, many well-qualified US citizens that have gained valuable international experience at the IAEA seek employment upon their return to the United States. To assist these US citizens, the IAEA Program Office at Argonne has established a Repatriate Career Network (RCN) to help these experts find employment as they prepare to conclude their appointments at the IAEA. The RCN consists of recruiters and talent acquisition professionals across the US nuclear industry interested in the skill sets US citizens bring back from the Agency.
If your contract with the IAEA is due to expire within the next six months and you would like your information distributed through the RCN, please send your resume to us at IAEAStaffing@anl.gov.
If you would like to join the RCN and receive resumes of US citizens preparing to repatriate after IAEA employment, please contact us via IAEAStaffing@anl.gov. There is no fee associated with joining the RCN or receiving the resumes of US experts that might fill a need within your organization.
*Note: The Repatriate Career Network (RCN) does not guarantee anyone employment. Rather, it is an effort to support and extend the job search network of US citizens returning from the IAEA.
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