SCIENTIST (BIOINFORMATICS). (IARC/13/FT492)

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Vacancy Notice No: IARC/13/FT492
 
Title: Scientist (Bioinformatics).
 
Grade: P3
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  2 years. Any extension subject to availability of funding.
 
Date: 13 November 2013
 
Application Deadline: 10 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Lyons, France
 
Organization unit: IARC (IARC)
Section of Genetics (GEN) / Genetic Cancer Susceptibility Group (GCS)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The Genetic Cancer Susceptibility Group (GCS) is one of the three scientific groups within IARC's Section of Genetics (GEN). The role of GCS is to apply genomics techniques to the investigation of genetic susceptibility to human cancers. GCS also implements and maintains the genomic capabilities of the Agency, including the related bioinformatics, and facilitates access to these techniques for other IARC research groups through the Genetics Platform.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the Position:
The research Scientist within the GCS Group develops and leads new scientific initiatives related to the genetics of cancer. The Scientist also helps to coordinate day to day scientific activities of GCS and plays a role in the development of the Agency's capacity in genomics-related bioinformatics.
Working closely with the GCS Group Head, the incumbent is expected to:
- develop innovative research projects that take advantage of the extensive biological resources stored at IARC;
- contribute to the adaptation and optimisation of next generation sequencing related workflows and bioinformatics analysis to enable their application within GCS scientific projects;
- participate in the development and planning of the IARC's bioinformatics capacity, provide leadership in facilitating the interaction between the Agency's bioinformatics related staff and provide guidance to the bioinformatics staff outside GCS;
- play a key role working with GCS international collaborators (particularly study partners in low and middle income countries);
- attract research funding from competitive sources to support GCS scientific activities; and
- oversee the practical day to day aspects of scientific activities of the GCS Group, including the supervision of technical staff, post-doctoral fellows and students, and perform other related duties as requested by the Group Head.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: Doctoral degree in genetics.

Desirable: Postgraduate qualification in bioinformatics or statistical analysis.
Skills:
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Essential:
- Demonstrated knowledge of genetics and/or genomics, particularly in the context of cancer research;
- Demonstrated ability to produce and publish in peer-review journals high quality science;
- Proven ability to write grant applications;
- Demonstrated initiative and creative scientific ability;
- Ability to work as a part of a multi-disciplinary research team; and
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Other Skills:
Demonstrated experience in using information technology (for example high performance computing clusters) to understand large complex data sets, and particularly genomic data.

Required WHO competencies:
1) Communicating in a credible and effective way.
2) Producing results.
3) Knowing and managing yourself.
4) Moving forward in a changing environment.
5) Fostering integration and teamwork.
Experience:
Essential: At least 5 years' experience, including time spent completing PhD, within the field of genetics and/or genomics, more specifically experience in bioinformatics analysis of genomics data and in the application of next generation sequencing data. Experience in supervision of technical staff.

Desirable: Experience in statistical analysis and experience in leadership of teams and project management.
Languages:
Excellent knowledge of English is essential. Knowledge of French 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)
70,897 euros at single rate
75,953 euros with primary dependants

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

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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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