Working at the IAEA

The IAEA is the world's centre of nuclear cooperation. Its mission is to assist governments in ensuring the safe and peaceful global development of nuclear energy and related technologies.

The IAEA has more than 2200 staff members from more than 90 countries with expertise in a variety of scientific, technical, managerial and professional disciplines. In terms of language skills, IAEA staff are typically multi-lingual. Agency business is usually conducted in English, but knowledge of other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish) is an advantage. At Agency headquarters in Vienna, knowledge of German is an additional asset, both for professional contacts and for life outside of office hours.

Most IAEA staff members work at Agency headquarters in Vienna, Austria, with others working at the IAEA regional offices in Toronto and Tokyo, liaison offices in New York and Geneva, and research laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria, and in Monaco

The IAEA staff enjoy a range of benefits through the Agency and the Vienna International Centre (VIC). 

For more information about life in Vienna, see Living and Working in Vienna →

Quality of Life at the IAEA

Flexible Working Hours

Staff members can plan a more convenient working day using the flexible working hours system at the IAEA.

Part-Time Work Or Job Sharing Arrangements

Staff in special occupational categories within the Professional and General Service categories may have part-time work or job sharing arrangements available on a temporary or permanent basis.

Work From Home

Staff members may take advantage of a work-from-home arrangement in certain circumstances.

Parental Leave

Fully paid maternity and paternity leave are available for qualifying staff members at the birth or adoption of a child.

Family Emergency Leave

Staff members are allowed a specific number of days for family emergencies.

Nursing Breaks

New mothers are granted two 30-minute breaks per day.

Professional Development Training Courses

The IAEA offers training courses to eligible staff throughout the year in a variety of areas, such as using software packages, intercultural communication skills, interviewing skills and management training, among other options.

Language Training

Both the IAEA, as well as the UN Office in Vienna, offer language courses in the six official UN languages, as well as German. Courses normally take place at lunch time or in the early evening, several times per week.

IAEA Library

The IAEA library has a wide variety of scientific publications, newspapers, journals, audiovisual material, documents and technical reports available to staff members. The library also features a reading room, photocopiers and several PCs, as well as highly qualified reference librarians to assist staff members.

Vienna International Centre (VIC) Services and Facilities

The Vienna International Centre (VIC), home to the IAEA as well as several other United Nations organizations, was inaugurated on 23 August 1979. Also called UNO City, the complex is easily accessible from central Vienna and provides a variety of services and facilities to all IAEA staff members, such as a child care centre, commissary with duty-free shopping, medical services and pharmacy and more. It is a handicapped-accessible facility.

Common Services at the VIC

Services available to all staff members of the international organizations headquartered at the VIC provide convenience and assist new staff members in adjusting to life in Vienna.

Child Care Centre

The on-site Child Care Centre provides support for staff members, as applicable, who are parents working in the VIC. Its opening hours correspond to the IAEA's regular working hours.

Medical Service and Pharmacy

The joint medical service of the VIC-based organizations has a staff of several doctors, nurses and a counselor, who provide emergency medical care, routine health screenings, travel immunizations, private injections, psychological counselling, cancer screening for women, ergonomic office visits and other services.

VIC Housing Service

The housing service guides staff members through the process of renting apartments and houses in Vienna and the surrounding area, and offers a database of available rental properties.

For more information, see VIC Housing Service →

On-site Eating Establishments

The VIC offers a gourmet restaurant, a full-service cafeteria and two coffee shops and a bar for staff members and visitors.

Banking Services

Full-service, English-speaking branches of both Bank Austria Creditanstalt, as well as the United Nations Federal Credit Union, are available during business hours.

United Nations Postal Service

In cooperation with the Austrian Postal Service, the United Nations Postal Service offers a full-service post office, with money transfer services and UN postage stamps.

Shopping in the VIC

The following stores and services are available on the premises of the VIC: newspaper stand, flower shop, hairdressing salon, photo processing service, dry cleaning service, and several gift shops run by the IAEA, the UN, the UN Women's Guild and UNICEF.

Travel Agencies

American Express and Carlson Wagonlit provide travel services to all staff for both official and leisure travel.


For more information about the VIC, see Vienna International Centre →

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Last update: 26 January 2016