Vacancy Notice No: IARC/12/FT158
Title: Scientist
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years. Any extension subject to availability of funding from the regular budget and satisfactory performance.
Date: 25 May 2012
Application Deadline: 15 June 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Lyons, France
Organization unit: IARC (IARC)
Section of Early Detection and Prevention (EDP) / Prevention and Implementation Group (PRI)
The Prevention and Implementation Group (PRI) Group within the Section of Early Detection and Prevention (EDP) conducts international research studies to evaluate innovative cancer prevention strategies (e.g., vaccination, screening, treatment of predisposing conditions), particularly but not restricted to HPV and H pylori related cancers. PRI aims to expand its studies with an emphasis on low- and middle-income countries. The main objectives of PRI are 1) To evaluate new preventive strategies, with particular emphasis on the use of new technologies, including molecular markers, 2) To engage in research on methods to implement existing strategies taking into account the social, economic and cultural differences, 3) To collaborate with decision makers to implement already available preventive interventions against cancer, particularly in developing countries where the need is highest and 4) To foster technology transfer and generate educational processes for clinicians, public health decision makers and the public, to make sure the available technology is put in place where it is mostly needed.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the Position:
To play a major role in initiating and supporting new research directions in the PRI Group. While independently developing an area of research, the incumbent provides leadership to PRI and, when requested, to the Section in the absence of the Head of Section. In close collaboration with the Head of Group, the incumbent is expected to stimulate synergy across the groups in the Section and with other researchers at the Agency.

Organizational Context:
The incumbent is expected to bring in new research directions and additional funding and technical resources to the Group as well as to provide guidance to the PRI Group during the absence of the Head of the Group while s/he is on duty travel.

Summary of Assigned Duties:
Under the overall guidance of the Group Head, PRI, the incumbent is expected to:
1. contribute to the development of the research strategy of the PRI Group and the EDP Section;
2. develop key partnerships, internally and externally to enable the research plans of the Group and Section;
3. plan, design, conduct and evaluate studies of interventions to help reduce or control preventable cancer incidence and mortality, with emphasis in low- and medium-resource countries;
4. write grants with a view to attracting research funding from competitive sources to support studies;
5. participate in monitoring and evaluating on-going screening, triage, vaccination and other studies in PRI;
6. participate in reviews of the literature relevant to the objectives of the PRI group;
7. prepare and disseminate scientific manuscripts and reviews describing the results of studies and prepare technical and progress reports;
8. provide training to doctors, nurses, laboratory staff, programme managers and health workers in foreign collaborating institutions and teach on project-specific specialised courses;
9. perform other related duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor or the Director.
MD with formal training or experience in Epidemiology or Biostatistics or PhD or equivalent in Epidemiology, Biostatistics or related disciplines.

Formal training or experience in molecular biology or other laboratory science.
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Knowledge of epidemiological methods, public health, laboratory and clinical concepts in planning, conducting and evaluation of cancer prevention studies, including clinical trials. Proven understanding of the public health and clinical basis of various healthcare interventions and medical and diagnostic interventions, as applicable to studies of caner prevention. Strong publication record in international journals and proven ability to write grant applications. Ability to discuss, understand and interpret relevant public health, epidemiological, laboratory and clinical issues related to the objectives of the PRI group. Proactively engage and take initiatives in the conduct and evaluation of scientific studies.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):

Knowledge of computing and the use of commonly used basic statistical software such as SPSS, STATA, etc.

Required WHO competencies:

1) Ability to produce and deliver quality results.
2) Setting an example by behaving in accordance with clear personal ethics and values.
3) Fostering integration and teamwork.
4) Communicating in an credible and effective way.
5) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
At least five years of combined national and international experience of which at least 2 years at the international level preferably in developing countries, in positions related to the area of cancer prevention research or interventions Evidence of research leadership and supervision of staff.

Experience in epidemiological studies of cancer using biomarkers, in particular randomized clinical trials of preventive interventions
Very good knowledge of English and working knowledge of French. Spanish highly desirable.
Additional Information:
Please note that a list of publications is compulsory. To add this list, please go to your profile under additional information. Candidates called for interview may be expected to give a seminar.
The mentioned annual salary rates can be subject to slight variations as they include components (post adjustment, exchange rate) that are reviewed on a monthly basis.
For more details on employment conditions, including annual leave, education grant, pension scheme, etc.,
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
69,537 euros at single rate
74,496 euros with primary dependants

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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