Reporting to the Director of SGAS, the Laboratory Head manages all operational aspects of the Nuclear Material Laboratory (NML), which provides destructive analysis (DA) results and non-destructive assay (NDA) results from the treatment and measurement of nuclear material samples for safeguards. The Laboratory Head also ensures that laboratory activities are conducted in compliance with regulatory requirements for radiation safety and nuclear security, and that DA and NDA processes are carried out in accordance with internal quality assurance and quality control guidelines. The Laboratory Head takes overall responsibility for the implementation of all analytical work in the NML, including strategic planning, procurement, setting work goals and priorities, and providing technical oversight and guidance to members of the laboratory. The Laboratory Head is also responsible for the implementation of radiation protection and nuclear security measures for the NML.
The Laboratory Head is: (i) a supervisor and manager of around 25 staff members on issues such as budget and planning, human resources and procurement for laboratory operations; (ii) an authority on scientific and technical issues regarding the treatment and measurement of nuclear samples containing uranium and/or plutonium; (iii) an advisor in applying the principles of quality management to the work of the laboratory, including written procedures, staff qualifications and training, calibration of instrumentation and calculation and reporting of analytical results with uncertainties estimated using current quantitative principles wherever possible; (iv) a leader who ensures that all NML operations, especially those involving radioactive or dangerous materials, are performed in compliance with IAEA regulations, international and national laws and laboratory best practices.