SCIENTIST (IARC/13/FT145)

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Vacancy Notice No: IARC/13/FT145
 
Title: Scientist
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  2 years renewable
 
Date: 12 April 2013
 
Application Deadline: 10 May 2013 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Lyons, France
 
Organization unit: IARC (IARC)
Section of IARC Monographs (IMO)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The Section of IARC Monographs (IMO) produces the IARC Monographs, which are critical reviews and evaluations of the published scientific evidence on carcinogenic hazards to which humans are exposed. The programme does this by convening meetings of international, interdisciplinary working groups of expert scientists to write the reviews and develop the evaluations. The published Monographs are used by international and national health agencies as the scientific basis for their actions to prevent or reduce human exposure to carcinogens. The IMO may also consider evaluation of cancer-preventive agents in addition to the production of position papers and other publications relevant to the IARC Monographs.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the position:
Under the supervision of the IMO Section Head, the incumbent carries out the planning, preparation and implementation of one of the three annual meetings of international scientific working groups whose critical reviews and evaluations of the published scientific literature are published as volumes of the IARC Monographs. In addition, she/he participates in all Monographs Working Group meetings and is responsible for production and scientific accuracy of the section of each Monograph volume corresponding to her/his field of expertise.

Organizational context:
Under the general supervision of the IMO Section Head are several Responsible Officers, each charged with the overall planning and execution of one Monograph meeting or related scientific meeting per year. The product of each meeting is a Monograph volume or other scientific publication. Because Monograph topics vary widely, all scientists in the Section must be versatile and able to develop expertise in new areas. The incumbent serves primarily as a scientific specialist on mechanisms of carcinogenesis for all IMO projects and in that capacity will work with each Responsible Officer. The incumbent also serves as Responsible Officer for IMO projects and in that capacity will coordinate the work of other IMO Scientists.

Summary of assigned duties:
Knowledge about mechanisms of carcinogenesis and associated molecular biomarkers are increasingly central to evaluation of carcinogenic hazards. The incumbent will provide vital expertise in these dynamic areas of knowledge. Under the direct supervision of the IMO Section Head, the incumbent will carry-out the following tasks:

1) As Responsible officer for one of the three Monograph working groups convened each year, prepares lists of topics for evaluation based upon evidence of carcinogenicity to humans and in experimental animals, documentation of human exposure, and established priority lists and proposes names of scientific experts to be invited, taking into consideration both expertise, and geographic distribution; organizes literature searches and collection of documents and supervises dispatch of literature and instructions to authors of working papers; maintains communication with invited experts, and checks suitability and completeness of incoming draft documents; coordinates editorial and technical checking of revised drafts for accuracy after the working group meeting; drafts a report of the meeting for publication in a scientific journal.

2) For each of the three annual Monograph meetings, acts as rapporteur for a subgroup on other relevant data/mechanisms of carcinogenesis and checks accuracy of corresponding sections of draft monographs prior to editing, by reference to original scientific papers.

3) Participates in the planning, implementation and publication of proceedings of IARC workshops and symposia related to mechanisms of carcinogenesis. Helps to plan for, and participates in, meetings of advisory groups and scientific workshops on topics related to the IARC Monograph programme (one or two meetings annually).

4) Maintains scientific standing as an expert in a field of molecular carcinogenesis research, by participation in national and international scientific societies, attending scientific congresses and symposia, participating in collaborative research activities, and/or drafting or co-authoring reviews, book chapters, and similar documents.

5) Ensures that the Section Head and other professional staff in the Section and the Agency are kept informed of recent developments in his/her field of expertise relevant to carcinogenicity of various exposures, by participation in cooperative national and international activities, occasionally visiting outstanding research centres, and sharing the results of these activities by presenting seminars and contributing to informal discussions.

6) Attracts research funding from competitive sources.

7) Performs any other duties as requested by the Section Head, which may include representing IARC at other international meetings on cancer hazard identification and risk assessment.
In coordination with COM, acts as spokesperson/expert in contacts with the media or with interested parties, on Monograph evaluations.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential:
Doctoral degree(s) in toxicology, pharmacology, chemistry/biochemistry or related field.

Desirable:
Postdoctoral education within or beyond doctoral field of expertise.
Skills:
Thorough knowledge of molecular and cellular mechanisms of carcinogenesis. Understanding of chemistry, metabolism, cell signalling, (epi)genetics and (genetic) toxicology, including understanding of strengths and limitations of latest laboratory technologies relevant to carcinogen identification including "omics" and related bioinformatics approaches. Ability to analyse scientific literature critically and to summarize it accurately, clearly, concisely and quickly. Ability to interact effectively with scientists of various disciplines and of different nationalities - in-house and outside -, also in subjects/topics/areas beyond one's own expertise. Aptitude to encourage, support and supervise staff.

IT skills:
MS Office (Word, Excel. Powerpoint, Access), PubMed, RefMan, CMS, publishing software.

Required WHO competencies:
Ability to:
1) Produce results;
2) Set an example;
3) Create an empowering and motivating environment;
4) Promote WHO's position in health leadership; and
5) Know and manage yourself.
Experience:
Essential:
At least seven years of experience, some of which at the international level, in one or more aspects of research in molecular carcinogenesis, with resulting publications and including presentations of research findings in public forums.

Desirable:
Participation in inter-disciplinary and/or international cancer research projects, in international scientific symposia, and in international scientific societies. Experience in publishing scientific books or book-length reports. Experience in more than one area of scientific expertise relevant to cancer-hazard identification would be an asset.
Languages:
Excellent knowledge of English. Working knowledge of French.
Reading knowledge of German, Japanese or Russian 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)
85,917 euros at single rate
92,262 euros with primary dependants

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

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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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