Research Entomologist (Livestock Pests), Seibersdorf, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

Field location: Seibersdorf, Austria

Office: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency in Seibersdorf

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Organizational Setting

The Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications implements the IAEA’s Major Programme 2, "Nuclear Techniques for Development and Environmental Protection". This Major Programme comprises individual programmes on food and agriculture, human health, water resources, environment and radiation technologies. These programmes are supported by laboratories in Seibersdorf, Monaco and Vienna. The Major Programme’s objective is to enhance the capacity of Member States to meet basic human needs and to assess and manage the marine and terrestrial environments through the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques in sustainable development programmes.

The Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture assists Member States of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the IAEA in using nuclear techniques and related technologies to improve food security, alleviate poverty and promote sustainable agriculture. The Joint Division consists of five Sections, each with an associated laboratory (located in Seibersdorf, 45 km south-east of Vienna), in the areas of: animal production and health; plant breeding and genetics; insect pest control; soil and water management and crop nutrition; and food and environmental protection.

The Insect Pest Control Section and Laboratory assist Member States with the development, dissemination and transfer of sterile insect and related environmentally friendly technologies for the area-wide integrated suppression, containment or eradication of major insect pests affecting crops, livestock and human health.

Main Purpose

As a team leader reporting to the Laboratory Head, and with leadership from the IPC Section Head and the Director of the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme , the Research Entomologist ensures that the activities of the research group on Livestock Pests of the Insect Pest Control Laboratory contribute to the results of the IPC subprogramme relating to the development of the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) and other genetic control technologies for sustainable protection of agricultural production systems.


The Research Entomologist is: (1) a team leader of the Livestock Pests team, ensuring the efficient and effective management of assigned staff, physical and financial resources in line with quality management standards and a results-based approach; (2) a technical leader, leading a multidisciplinary team in the IPCL focused on ensuring the efficient and effective development and implementation of the Laboratory’s R&D activities, training and laboratory service as it relates to the Joint FAO/IAEA programme, and; (3) a technical officer, providing technical support to technical cooperation (TC) projects, and to coordinated research projects (CRPs) in the area of development of the SIT package for livestock insect pests.