Vacancy Notice No: IARC/12/FT169
 
Title: Scientist
 
Grade: P2
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  2 years - Non-regular budget position expressly established for an initial duration of two years from the date of entry on duty of the incumbent. Any extension subject to availability of funds.
 
Date: 16 May 2012
 
Application Deadline: 22 June 2012 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Lyons, France
 
Organization unit: IARC (IARC)
Section of Genetics (GEN)/Genetic Epidemiology Group (GEP)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
Within the Genetics Section (GEN), the overall objectives of the Genetic Epidemiology Group (GEP) are to investigate hereditary factors and their interaction with environmental agents in the causation of human cancer. Specifically, the Group implements large scale case-control studies to identify genes involved in human cancer, identifies specific risk variants within these genes, quantifies the risk involved, and assesses potential interaction with environmental factors. The latter is often conducted within large scale cohort studies to minimize biases. Particular focus is given to large-scale molecular epidemiology and genotyping studies (including whole genome scans) for cancers related to tobacco (e.g. lung, head and neck, and kidney) as well as cancers potentially related to Epstein Barr Virus (e.g. nasopharyngeal cancers and lymphomas).
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the head of the Section of Genetics (GEN), the incumbent is espected to:

- As part of the design and conduct of several studies that aim to investigate biomarker (eg dietary, infectious agents) and genetic factors within large scale multi-centre cohorts, contribute to the development and testing of protocols, the design of questionnaires and databases as well as protocols for collection of biological samples and the establishment of quality control procedures.

- Assess progress in individual centers, organize regular meetings between partners, identify problems and implement solutions.

- Prepare databases for the genotyping and biomarker data, the statistical analysis of completed studies and the identification of appropriate statistical techniques.

- Conduct statistical analysis of data from large panels of SNPs including whole genome scans.

- Maintain close links with laboratories as sample manipulation and processing in preparation for biosample analysis which may take place in-house or with outside partner laboratories.

- Prepare minutes of meetings, technical reports and aid in the preparation of manuscripts.

- Contribute to writing grants with a view to attracting research funding from competitive sources.

- Perform other related duties as requested by the Head of the Group, including maintaining contacts with private and public funding bodies and supervising pre- and post-doctoral students.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: MD or Ph.D. in epidemiology, or in biostatistics, or in a similar field of research.

Desirable: Postgraduate qualification in genetics
Skills:
Excellent knowledge of field-work skills in undertaking comprehensive subject recruitment for epidemiological studies.
Good working knowledge of statistical methods with a particular focus on data arising from genetic and molecular epidemiology studies; good working knowledge of risk estimation models.
Excellent skills in managing large multi-partner projects.
Good publication record in relevant research area.
Ability to draft reports.
Familiarity with the preparation of grant applications.
Some knowledge of working in large scale population based cohort studies with a focus on biomarker studies would be advantageous.

Required WHO competencies:
Ability to:
- Foster integration and teamwork;
- Communicate in a credible and effective way;
- Produce results;
- Respect and promote individual and cultural differences.
Experience:
Essential: At least two years of relevant professional experience, including some experience in molecular epidemiological data analysis within population cohorts, coordination of multi-partner studies and networks, statistical analysis of biomarker data, and in the use of relevant genetic databases (e.g. Ensembl, Hapmap etc).

Desirable: Experience of international multicenter studies. Some supervisory experience.
Languages:
Very good knowledge of English with a working knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
Please note that a list of publications is compulsory. To add this list, please go to your profile under additional documents.
Candidates called for interview may be expected to give a seminar.

IARC/WHO OFFERS AN ATTRACTIVE COMPENSATION PACKAGE INCLUDING AN ANNUAL NET SALARY (SUBJECT TO MANDATORY DEDUCTIONS FOR PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS AND HEALTH INSURANCE), DEPENDENCY BENEFITS, PENSION PLAN, HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME, AND 30 DAYS ANNUAL LEAVE. BENEFITS FOR INTERNATIONALLY RECRUITED STAFF MAY INCLUDE TRAVEL AND REMOVAL EXPENSES ON APPOINTMENT AND SEPARATION, ASSIGNMENT GRANT, RENTAL SUBSIDY, AND HOME LEAVE.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
57 931 EUR at single rate
61 763 EUR with primary dependants

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

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