Vacancy Notice No: IARC/13/FT33
 
Title: Scientist
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years, renewable.
 
Date: 25 January 2013
 
Application Deadline: 24 February 2013 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Lyons, France
 
Organization unit: IARC (IARC)
Section of Nutrition and Metabolism (NME)/Dietary Exposure Assessment Group (DEX)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The overall responsibility of the Section of Nutrition and Metabolism (NME) is to investigate, through epidemiological studies, the causes and prevention of cancer in association with diet, obesity, physical inactivity and endogenous hormones. The European Prospective Investigation of Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) is supported and coordinated by the Section, in conjunction with its partners on the EPIC Steering Committee. The Section is also responsible for investigating the role of nutrition and metabolism in developing countries and addresses the interface between agriculture and health in this context. The Section has its own laboratory capacity and utilizes expertise in biomarkers (exposure, genetic susceptibility and early effect) which are developed and analyzed in the Agency's laboratories.
Description of duties:
The incumbent heads the Dietary Exposure Assessment Group (DEX) and reports to the Head of Section, Nutrition and Metabolism (NME). Summary of Assigned Duties:

1. To supervise the scientific and technical staff of the group and direct their related activities;

2. To coordinate the development, implementation and maintenance of (new) standardized dietary methodologies for use in international study contexts,

3. To coordinate the overall development and maintenance of a new web-infrastructure (e-SMP), hosted at IARC, to disseminate the DEX methodologies worldwide;

4. To coordinate the implementation of the DEX methodologies and its web-infrastructure in Europe and low and medium income countries (LMIC) to contribute to better measure, monitor and understand the nutritional transition observed worldwide ;

5. To develop national and international collaborations and networks to facilitate the implementation, use and sustainability of the DEX methodologies and develop new joint research projects and activities;

6. To initiate or contribute to other projects on infrastructures on diet and other exposures to support international research;

7. To develop and collaborate on the development of guidelines for cancer prevention based on nutritional cancer research findings;

8. To develop targeted research topics in relation with cancer and other intermediate endpoints, in agreement with the overall section work plans and strategies;

9. To oversee administrative matters to conduct projects, such as obtaining approval from ethical review boards, preparation of grant proposals and final reports to funding agencies;

10. To analyze and interpret data and other results from the DEX's projects, present them to the international research and public health community and write manuscripts for publication in relevant journals;

11. To attract research funding from competitive sources.

12. To organize/host/participate in scientific meetings and represent the Agency as required;

13. To undertake other duties as may be assigned by the head of section or Director.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: PhD or equivalent in nutrition or nutritional epidemiology

Skills:
- Demonstrated knowledge of dietary methodology and nutrition;
- Demonstrated creative scientific ability;
- A proven record in dietary methodology and nutritional epidemiology;
- Knowledge of nutritional epidemiology and its application in international studies in relation to cancer and/or other chronic diseases;
- Demonstrated ability to organize and manage a scientific team, including the budgetary aspects;
- Strong record in obtaining external competitive research funding;
- A working acquaintance with public health would be an asset.

Required WHO competencies:
Ability to:
- Provide leadership to scientific and technical staff in the group;
- Build and promote partnerships across the organization and beyond;
- Produce and deliver quality results;
- Respect and promote individual cultural differences and work constructively with people of all backgrounds and orientations;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- be open to and propose new approaches and ideas to better understand dietary exposures in worldwide populations in rapid dietary changes;
Experience:
Essential: At least seven years' experience in nutrition or nutritional epidemiology with a demonstrated ability to conduct and supervise research work in dietary methodology, nutrition and/or nutritional epidemiology, particularly diet and cancer or other chronic diseases. Demonstrated ability to adapt dietary methodology to different national settings. Sustained publication record with evidence of publishing regularly in leading journals or journals of wide dissemination in the related domains.

Desirable: Experience in dietary methodology, including EPIC-Soft, and setting up of (international) nutritional studies.

Languages:
Excellent knowledge of English with working knowledge of French. Knowledge of other UN languages would be an asset.
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)
83 650 Euros at single rate
89 828 Euros with primary dependants

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