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Vacancy Notice No: IARC/16/TA326
Title: Scientist
Grade: P1
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year - Extra-budgetary position established for a limited duration of one (1) year. Any extension (up to 2 years consecutive total maximum) subject to availability of extra-budgetary funding.
Date: 29 December 2016
Application Deadline: 19 January 2017 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Lyons, France
Organization unit: IARC (IARC)
Section of Early Detection and Prevention (EDP)/Prevention and Implementation Group (PRI)
The goals of the Prevention and Implementation Group (PRI) are to evaluate new preventive strategies, with particular emphasis on the use of new technologies, including molecular markers; to engage in research on methods to implement existing strategies taking into account the social, economic and cultural differences; to collaborate with decision makers to implement already available preventive interventions against cancer, particularly in developing countries where the need is highest and 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.

As a member of the PRI team, the incumbent is expected to assist, support and promote international research in the fields of cancer prevention and implementation. Responsibilities include day-to-day coordination of and follow-up on international research studies coordinated by PRI, training in field activities, preparing research protocols and publication of results.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Implementation Scientist and the PRI Group Head, the incumbent is expected to:

1. Support the Supervisor of multicentric projects by interacting with study sites on a daily basis to monitor progress and accuracy of samples and data collected.

2. Develop laboratory methods for specimen collection, handling and storage in PRI epidemiologic studies.

3. Investigate and propose standard operating procedures and quality assurance systems for data collection and laboratory processes in the context of PRI studies.

4. Train local collaborators on study procedures, including processing, storage and transportation of biological specimens.

5. Participate in monitoring activities of PRI studies at the study sites.

6. Test online video tutorials and any needed training materials on study procedures.

7. Carry out sample testing (immunoassays, or molecular techniques) in accordance with ongoing PRI studies.

8. Contribute to the design, planning, and/or conduct of epidemiologic studies on cancer prevention and implementation.

9. Contribute to the writing of scientific manuscripts or reports and to the writing of grants with a view to attracting research funding from competitive sources.

10. Prepare and follow up on agreement documentation needed to establish international collaborations, transfer of samples and data.

11. Keep documentation, protocols and training records for the studies.

12. Liaise with IARC Procurement team to facilitate the purchase of consumables needed for the PRI epidemiologic studies and the delivery of the consumables to the study sites.

13. Prepare documentation required and relating to the logistics for shipment and adequate storage of international study samples in coordination with international collaborators and the IARC Laboratory Services and Biobank Group.

14. Carry out other related duties as assigned by the Supervisor and the PRI Group Head. .

In view of the above-mentioned duties, the incumbent is expected to undertake duty travel estimated at up to 25% of total working time, i.e. approximately 60 travel days per year (on average, 4 trips per year of 15 travel days each). Duty travel locations would include Latin and South America and Africa. Travel may be with other project staff but could also be alone if necessary.
Essential: Masterís degree or higher in Biology, Laboratory Sciences or related discipline.

Desirable: Training in cancer epidemiology
* Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of routine laboratory operations

* Good knowledge of molecular biology

* Ability to communicate in a timely manner with internal and external partners

* Proven ability to draft scientific manuscripts and familiarity with the preparation of grant applications
At least 1 year of professional experience in laboratory practices. Experience in organizing multicentric international projects in a scientific setting at technical and administrative levels.

Experience in one or more of the following areas: cancer biomarkers evaluation, onsite training, monitoring of laboratory processes in an international context as it relates to cancer epidemiology (particularly cervical cancer and gastric cancer).
Expert knowledge of English and an intermediate knowledge of Spanish (regular communications by phone, email and on-site with external collaborators in Spanish-speaking countries)

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French
Additional Information:
Important Note:
It is mandatory to attach a full list of publications. To add this list, please go to your profile under additional documents.

All candidates are also strongly encouraged to add a cover letter to their online application.

Candidates called for interview will be expected to give a seminar and/or to take a written test.

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, education grant for qualifying dependent child(ren) and home leave.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
Euros 45283 per year at single rate
Euros 47512 per year with primary dependants

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

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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