The Nuclear Energy Agency – Nuclear Fuel Specialist

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OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

The Nuclear Energy Agency – Nuclear Fuel Specialist

  • Full-time
  • Grade: PAL5

Company Description

THE OECD – Who we are, what we do 

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation comprised of 38 member countries, whose mission is to build better policies for better lives. We promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.  Together with governments, policy makers and citizens, we work to establish evidence-based international standards, and finding solutions to a broad range of social, economic and environmental challenges, from the improvement of economic performance and creating jobs to fostering strong education and fighting international tax evasion. We provide a unique forum and knowledge hub for data and analysis, exchange of experiences, best-practice sharing, and advice on public policies and international standard-setting. 


The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) is an intergovernmental agency which operates under the framework of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It facilitates co-operation among countries with advanced nuclear technology infrastructures to seek excellence in nuclear safety, technology, science, related environmental and economic matters and law. The mission of the NEA is to assist its 34 member countries in maintaining and further developing, through international cooperation, the scientific, technological and legal bases required for a safe, environmentally sound and economical use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. It strives to provide authoritative assessments and to forge common understandings on key issues as input to government decisions on nuclear technology policies.   

The goals of the NEA Division of Nuclear Science and Education are to help member countries identify, collate, develop and disseminate basic scientific and technical knowledge required to ensure the safe, reliable and economic operation of current nuclear systems and to develop next-generation technologies. Under the guidance of the NEA Nuclear Science Committee (NSC), the Working Party on Material Issues of Fuels and Materials (WPFM) is a leader in technical and scientific issues relevant to material science. The Agency promotes, where appropriate, the formation of joint projects (JPs) for the production and uses of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, endeavouring to secure the participation of the greatest possible number of countries. If a group of participating countries declares its intention to set up a joint undertaking, the countries concerned may agree to undertake the necessary work for this purpose among themselves within the Organisation at their own cost, whatever the position adopted by other participating countries. Under the guidance of the NSC, several JPs have been established, including the Thermodynamic Characterisation of Fuel Debris and Fission Products Based on Scenario Analysis of Severe Accident Progression (TCOFF) and the Thermodynamics of Advanced Fuels – International Database (TAF-ID).


The NEA is looking for a Nuclear Fuel Specialist to provide technical and secretariat support to the WPFM and its Expert Groups and the TAF-ID and TCOFF Joint Projects. S/He will work under the supervision of the Head of the Division of Nuclear Science and Education.

Job Description

Technical secretariat support and co-ordination

Working Party on Material Issues of Fuels and Materials (WPFM)

  • Provide secretariat support to the WPFM activities; assist the WPFM and its Expert Group and Task Forces in completion of their objectives.
  • Assist in the co-ordination of the International Workshop on Structural Materials for Innovative Nuclear Systems (SMINS).
  • Facilitate structuring of WPFM activities to meet the priority needs of member countries, strengthen connections with the Second Framework for Irradiation Experiments (FIDES-II) JP, and maintain close co-ordination with relevant NEA bodies.
  • Liaise with ongoing national and international programmes in the area of fuels and materials; facilitate communications within the material science community by creating and maintaining relevant websites with up to date information resources.
  • Anticipate the implications of trends and identify the specific needs of member countries in his/her area of expertise, and advise the Heads of Division on how to respond.

TCOFF and TAF-ID Joint Undertakings

  • Organise and support the regular meetings of the Management Board (MB) as well as Programme Review Groups, and related expert or task force meetings.
  • Prepare summary records of the meetings and financial reports, follow up of decisions taken during meetings and handle all required contractual matters in compliance with OECD rules.
  • Support development of the educational components of these JPs.
  • Co-ordinate the release of database updates and report publication.
  • Co-ordinate the interaction with other working groups or research projects frameworks.
  • Prepare and anticipate the discussion on the possible evolution of the JPs agreements.

Liaison and outreach

  • Ensure close co-ordination of NSC activities in the area of nuclear fuels and materials and with other activities within the NEA, as required.
  • Ensure co-operation with Data Bank in the area of preservation of experimental data related to fuels and materials.
  • Develop good working relationships and close contacts with national experts.
  • Maintain necessary co-ordination and close co-operation with other international organisations active in the field of material science and represent the NEA at conferences and international meetings, summarising NEA activities, and provide reports on such events.
  • Facilitate the information exchange through websites and a collaborative platform area.
  • Promote the visibility and application of work products and facilitate the publication of reports.


  • Carry out other related duties assigned by the Head of the Division of Nuclear Science and Education.


Academic and Professional Background

  • Advanced university degree in nuclear physics or nuclear engineering or a related subject.
  • A minimum of three, preferably five years’ research experience in the nulcear sector (research laboratories, industry, technical support organisations or similar) with specific experience in nuclear fuels and materials. 
  • Excellent knowledge in the fiield of nuclear fuels and materials.
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing research materials for publication and dissemination (e.g. peer-reviewed scientific publications, scientific/engineering reports, working papers or other technical material).
  • Experience in managing scientific and budgetary aspects of research projects would be an advantage.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with a solid understanding of nuclear physics principles.

Additional Information

Core Competencies

  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Vision and Strategy (Level 2); Enable People (Level 1); Ethics and Integrity (Level 2); Collaboration and Horizontality (Level 2); Achieve Results (Level 2); Innovate and Embrace Change (Level 2).
  • There are three possible levels for each competency. The level for each competency is determined according to the specific needs of each job role and its associated grade.
  • To learn more about the definitions for each competency for levels 1-3, please refer to OECD Core Competencies OECD Core Competencies.

Communication and Languages

  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of, or a willingness to learn, the other.

Contract Duration 

  • Two-year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

Please note that our Rules and Regulations stipulate that the mandatory retirement age is 65.

What the OECD offers

  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at 6665.76 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.


The application will close on Thursday 04 July at 23:59 Paris time.

All applications are screened based on the criteria for the position.  For candidates who are screened-in, written tests and/or video-recorded interviews are foreseen and panel interviews are planned in July 2024.

The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates who are nationals of who are nationals of NEA or OECD member countries, irrespective of their racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, health or disabilities. Our selection processes are merit-based; we strive to enhance diversity both from national and gender perspectives while running fair, transparent and competitive selection processes.

The OECD promotes an optimal use of resources to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. Staff members are encouraged to actively contribute to this goal.

Learn more about what we offer and why the OECD is a great place to work.

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