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Vacancy Notice No: IARC/13/FT32
 
Title: Scientist
 
Grade: P5
 
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 Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis (MCA)/Group Epigenetics (EGE)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The broad, long-term goal of the Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis Section (MCA) is to advance understanding of the mechanisms of carcinogenesis and to contribute to cancer prevention. This is achieved through investigating interactions between the genes, epigenetic mechanisms and the environment. The Section also aims to make a major impact in the area of biomarker discovery and cancer aetiology by taking advantage of advances resulting from the genome/epigenome technology revolution and the major cancer genome sequencing initiatives.
Description of duties:
The incumbent heads the MCA section and EGE group and is expected to provide leadership and promote collaborative work in the field of molecular mechanisms and biomarkers with investigators outside IARC. Duties include:

1. Provide leadership in the design of the overall strategy of the MCA Section and interacting with internal and external collaborators.

2. Manage the resources of the Section, including: supervising scientific staff and providing guidance to postdocs, Ph.D. students and trainees as well as visiting scientists; use of the assigned regular budget; and best use of infrastructure including space and equipment.

3. Develop research projects using molecular and cellular biology methods with the aim of analysing the mechanistic basis and consequences of genetic/epigenetic changes in human cancers.

4. Participate in initiatives for international collaboration (e.g. I4C Consortium, EurocanPlatform, Exposomics) and identifying opportunities for collaborative and inter-disciplinary research with the aim to improve international visibility of the Section/Agency and to establish collaborations with the world-leading institutes in relation to IARC's overall mission.

5. Disseminate the work of the Section/Group through publications and scientific presentations.

6. Attract research funding from competitive sources and developing, international collaborative projects.

7. Provide scientific leadership to the IARC Fellowships Programme.

8. Through membership of the Senior Leadership Team, assist the Director in setting the overall directions of the Agency.

9. Other related duties as may be assigned by the first level supervisor (the Director), including representing the Section/Group/Agency in IARC working groups and other international committees.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: Advanced university degree (PhD or MD) in molecular and cell biology, genetics, and cancer research.
Skills:
- Knowledge of molecular/cellular mechanisms of carcinogenesis and epigenetic mechanisms.
- Advanced knowledge of molecular and cell biology, epigenomics and laboratory techniques, particularly with respect to mammalian cell biology, DNA/RNA/protein analysis.
- Proven ability to direct research activities and to write reports and grant proposals.
- Strong publication record in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.
- Strong record in obtaining competitive research funding.
- Demonstrated ability to organize and manage a scientific group/section including budgetary aspects.

Required WHO competencies:
Ability to:
- Produce and deliver quality results.
- Establish effective collaborations.
- Create an empowering and motivating environment.
- Ensure the effective use of resources.
- Good communication skills
- to be a reliable team member able to respect and promote individual and cultural differences.
- Move forward in a changing environment.
Experience:
Essential:
- At least ten years' relevant professional experience at the national or international level including experience in conducting international collaborative studies.
- Experience in mechanistic studies of epigenetics using cell and animal models.
- Experience in epigenomic profiling of human tumours.
- Experience in working with human specimens.
- Demonstrated achievement in terms of scientific publications, project management and supervision.
- Demonstrated achievement in supervising scientific staff (including postdocs, Ph.D. students and trainees).

Desirable:
Experience in working with epidemiology groups
Knowledge of methods in molecular epidemiology
Languages:
Excellent knowledge of English and 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)
100 076 Euros at single rate
107 724 Euros with primary dependants

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

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