Vacancy for the Director of the Ionizing Radiation Department
The BIPM (International Bureau of Weights and Measures) is an intergovernmental organization whose mandate is to provide the basis for a coherent system of measurements throughout the world, traceable to the International System of Units (SI). It has an international staff of around 70 and an annual budget of about 13 million euros.
The Ionizing Radiation Department is one of four scientific departments at the BIPM. The Ionizing Radiation Department provides equivalence and traceability to the international system of units (SI) for all its Member States, either directly or indirectly, for radionuclide activity measurements and x-ray and gamma-ray dosimetry. For this work, it has appropriately equipped laboratories for the handling and measurement of radionuclides and a range of x-ray equipment and gamma beam facilities for comparisons and characterizations of national standards for dosimetry. The Department is composed currently of 8 staff.
The BIPM invites applications for the post of Director of the Ionizing Radiation Department, which will fall vacant due to the retirement of the present post-holder in the third quarter of 2017. Interviews will be held in the first quarter of 2017.
Reporting directly to the BIPM Director, the Director of the Ionizing Radiation Department will have the following scientific and management accountabilities:
- Develop and implement a strategy for Ionizing Radiation metrology at the BIPM in collaboration with the BIPM Director and the President of the Consultative Committee for Ionizing Radiation (CCRI); maintaining liaison with national metrology institutes and other stakeholders;
- Lead the scientific work of the department in accordance with the agreed programme of work and budget;
- Promote metrology, particularly ionizing radiation metrology, through representational roles to inter alia the NMIs, the regional metrology organizations, and intergovernmental organizations bodies with similar objectives to those of the BIPM;
- Provide the Executive Secretary role for the CCRI and liaise closely with the President;
- As a member of the BIPM Management Team, contribute to the development of consensus views on key issues for the operation and development of BIPM, and promote such views with staff;
- Manage the Department’s finances and infrastructure through effective budgeting and expenditure control;
- Maintain and personally encourage a culture of safe working in accordance with the BIPM Health and Safety rules, and especially on radiation protection aspects;
- Manage staff in the IR Dept. including: objective setting and annual reporting;
- Exercise a proper duty of care for staff, seconded staff, interns and visitors to the Department.
The BIPM is located at the Pavillon de Breteuil, Sèvres, France, situated in the outskirts of Paris.
The BIPM offers a full-time appointment with an initial probationary period of 6 months. The annual gross salary on appointment will be competitive and will depend on qualification and experience. It is expected that the annual salary offered, which is not subject to income tax in France (but taken into consideration for the calculation of the effective taxation rate depending on the marital situation), will be between 63 305 and 94 000 euros. Allowances are applicable to an expatriate and also depending on family situation. The BIPM provides a pension scheme and health insurance for staff; health insurance can be extended to cover staff dependents. Staff members contribute to both the pension scheme and health insurance.
Further information about the BIPM can be found on the BIPM’s website: www.bipm.org.
Qualifications and experience
The successful candidate will be expected to have:
- a PhD or equivalent qualification;
- at least 10 years of relevant experience;
- specific knowledge of ionizing radiation metrology and the organization of metrology internationally;
- a radiation protection competence certificate or equivalent experience;
- a fluent level in spoken and written English and a working language level in French (following lessons if necessary);
- the ability to work in a multicultural environment and to maintain good working relations inside and outside the organization;
- management, leadership, communication and inter-personal skills.
Applications should be sent to the Director of the BIPM, Dr Martin Milton, BIPM, Pavillon de Breteuil F-92312 Sèvres Cedex France, by 28th February 2017 with a copy by email to email@example.com.
Applications should include a covering letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and the names of two referees. (The referees will be approached to give their opinion on the candidate’s suitability for the post, but only after an interview).
Prospective candidates are encouraged to make preliminary contact, in confidence, with either the Director of the BIPM (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or the Director of the Ionizing Radiation Department, Dr José María Los Arcos (email@example.com).