SCIENTIST - PART-TIME 60%. (IARC/13/FT498)

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Vacancy Notice No: IARC/13/FT498
 
Title: Scientist - part-time 60%.
 
Grade: P3
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Extra-budgetary position initially established for a limited duration of two years. Any extension subject to availability of extra-budgetary funding.
 
Date: 15 November 2013
 
Application Deadline: 13 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Lyons, France
 
Organization unit: IARC (IARC)
Section of Infections (INF) / Infections and Cancer Epidemiology (ICE) Group
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The goal of the ICE Group is to elucidate the contribution of infectious agents to the aetiology of cancer and the presence of risk factors other than infections that can modify such relationship. ICE studies include three main programmes: 1) human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer; 2) cancer attributable to a few additional agents, i.e., human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and Helicobacter species; 3) innovative collaborative reanalyses of data collected by IARC and other groups worldwide.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the post:
To estimate, within the Infections and Cancer Epidemiology (ICE) Group, the burden of cancer attributable to HIV, hepatitis viruses, Epstein-Barr virus, and Helicobacter species and to develop new approaches to the computation of attributable cancer fractions.

Organizational context :
As a member of the team, and under the supervision of the Head of the ICE Group, the incumbent is expected to mainly produce estimates of the burden of cancer attributable to infection worldwide and in different regions and selected populations, e.g., HIV-infected individuals and transplant-recipients, in the framework of Programmes 2 and 3. The incumbent's responsibilities include development of new methods for the computation of the fraction of cancer attributable to different causes, publication of results and search for funding from competitive sources.

The incumbent will undertake the following tasks:
1. To contribute to estimate cancer burden attributable to infections using meta-analyses and record linkage studies in countries of different levels of development. .
2. To conduct studies on the role of HIV, Helicobacter, and HCV in increasing cancer risk. Supervision of study activities, sample processing, data analysis and publication of the results.
3. To assist in reviewing the literature, writing articles and performing collaborative re-analyses, and preparing technical and scientific reports.
4. To supervise and train the relevant technical staff and non-staff members in the Group.
5. To write grants with a view to attracting research funding from competitive sources.
6. To perform other related duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: Advanced university degree in medicine or biology.
Desirable: MD degree would be an important asset.
Masters or higher University Degree (PhD) in epidemiology, public health or biostatistics.
Skills:
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Good knowledge of epidemiological methods, public health and clinical concepts in planning, conducting and evaluation of cancer screening and vaccination trials.
Good field-work skills in managing epidemiological and above-mentioned studies in developing countries.
Ability to:
- Behave consistently in accordance with clear personal ethics and values.
- Discuss, understand and interpret relevant public health, epidemiological, and clinical issues in the context of HPV-related cancers.
- Proactively engage and take initiatives in the conduct and evaluation of the studies.
- Proven ability to write grant applications.
Good oral and written communication skills.
Good publication record in international journals.
Other skills:
Knowledge of computing and the use of commonly used basic statistical software.
Required WHO competencies:
1) Producing results;
2) Communicating in a credible and effective way;
3) Fostering integration and teamwork;
4) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
Experience:
Essential: At least five years of experience of which at least three years at the international level in positions related to the area of cancer epidemiology. Experience of work on cancer fraction attributable to infections and related methodology.
Desirable: Experience of work on cancer-associated bacteria, not only viruses.
Languages:
Excellent knowledge of English and good 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)
43,710 euros at single rate
46,827 euros with primary dependants

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

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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