Petra Salame moderates a regional coaching course for lecturers to introduce nuclear sciences in secondary faculties in the Philippines. As a senior Programme Management Officer, she manages technical tasks in varied areas of nuclear science and know-how. (Photo: Philippine Nuclear Research Institute)

Salame obtained engaging job provides from a few of the world’s main chemical firms, however she turned them down after a telephone name which, she says, modified the course of her profession completely: “Congratulations, you have been selected for a Junior Professional Officer position at the IAEA!”

Salame joined the IAEA’s Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences, the place she supplied technical assist for the improvement and implementation of actions in materials analysis for nuclear and vitality purposes round the world.

“My next move was from a technical position to a more managerial function in the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation Department, which offered me the opportunity to manage mostly technical projects in various areas of nuclear science and technology ranging from food and agriculture to nuclear power development,” she remembers of her time working as a PMO for a number of Arab States. “I couldn’t imagine a better transition than one towards a position which mixes all aspects of my interests: technical, managerial and development-focussed, proposing innovative solutions to real-world challenges using nuclear technology.”

After reaching the finish of her first seven-year appointment at the IAEA in 2019, Salame launched into a collaboration with the University of Tokyo, as an invited researcher, to assist the utility of radiation know-how for superior supplies improvement and radiation safety programs. “This process of constant learning is central to the work of PMOs,” mentioned Salame, “and so the experience of exploring and applying novel technologies, made possible by the University of Tokyo, was both edifying and informative.”

The head of the group she joined in Tokyo remembers her fondly. “Petra has a remarkable ‘get-things-done’ attitude and, along with her positive personality and strong work ethic, she makes a formidable technical specialist and manager, in equal measure,” mentioned Iimoto Takeshi, Professor at the University of Tokyo. “In specific, her willingness to tackle new challenges and her outreach abilities contributed to advancing essential components of our analysis.”

She is a challenge supervisor in actual life as effectively: whereas pursuing her skilled goals and contributing to tangible improvement impression, she can be elevating three young children – an actual juggling act. “Handling the fixed calls for of PMO duties, and at the identical time giving my youngsters all the love and assist they want, pushed me into a brand new dimension. It hasn’t at all times been straightforward, however you simply rise to the problem and hold going!”

In November 2020, Salame rejoined the IAEA as a senior Programme Management Officer, taking over new administration and coordination duties. “As PMOs, we are determined and committed to tackling some of the most pressing global socioeconomic problems and finding and delivering solutions to them wherever they are needed.”

The IAEA pursues gender parity at the group and encourages ladies to apply to positions. Read extra about the IAEA’s concentrate on gender equality.


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