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Vacancy Notice No: IARC/13/FT530
Title: Programming Technician (Bioinformatics) - LOCAL RECRUITMENT
Grade: G5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years - position expressly established for a limited duration of two years. Any extension subject to availability of extra-budgetary funding.
Date: 3 December 2013
Application Deadline: 2 February 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Lyons, France
Organization unit: IARC (IARC)
Section of Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis (MCA)/Epigenetics Group (EGE)
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:
Under the direct supervision of the Staff Scientist in the Epigenetics Group, within the MCA Section, and in close collaboration with scientists in the Section and bioinformaticians at IARC, the incumbent provides programming support to projects that require/necessitate bioinformatics approaches as follows:

1. Provide bioinformatic support to the EGE and MMB groups, including:
- writing/adapting scripts/packages for the manipulation and analysis of genomics data (transcriptomics, exome/whole genome/transcriptome sequencing, .);
- assisting scientists in the analysis and publication of such data (including submission to central repositories);

Provide similar support services, as above, to the MPA and ICB Groups.

2. Keep abreast of technological developments in bioinformatic resources and tools relevant to the projects conducted in the Section. Produce regular activity report and present those during group and sections meetings;

3. Interact with other groups at IARC, in particular ITS and GCS, to ensure that the high performance computing and information technology resources developed at IARC meet MCA section needs; this includes membership in the BISC (Bioinformatics Steering Committee);

4. Other related technical duties as requested by the supervisor.
Graduation from secondary school or equivalent, and subsequent training in the field of specialization with possession of a diploma in bioinformatics, computer science, or related field (BTS, DUT or equivalent).
Demonstrated skills in a spectrum of programming languages (e.g. R, Perl, Python, Java, MySQL) and in Linux and Windows environments;
Good knowledge of bioinformatics resources and tools related to the analysis of massive parallel sequencing data;
Ability to communicate results clearly;
Ability to work autonomously in a pressured environment and to prioritize;
Ability to write relevant technical documentation;
Tact, professionalism and flexibility in assisting others.
Essential: at least 5 years of professional experience including 1 year of experience in Perl and R programming, preferably in a research environment and 1 year with sequence-based genomic data.

Desirable: experience with bioinformatics tools for primary data processing and secondary data analyses (annotations, visualization).
Excellent knowledge of English or French with a good working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of other official UN languages would be an asset.
Additional Information:
This recruitment is restricted to candidates residing up to a maximum of 50 kms from Lyons.

Salary: per annum Euro 37,825, net of tax.

This vacancy is open to applicants of either sex.
WHO/IARC is committed to workforce diversity.
WHO/IARC has its own Staff Health Insurance and Pension plans and is not part of the French Health
Insurance ("SÚcuritÚ Sociale"), the French Pension system or the French unemployment benefit
Any appointment/extension is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and WHO Manual.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for interview and test.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
at single rate

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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