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Vacancy Notice No: IARC/14/FT62
Title: Laboratory Technician (Fatty Acid and Hormone)- Local recruitment
Grade: G3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year - Position expressly established for a limited duration of one year. Any extension subject to availability of extra-budgetary funding.
Date: 13 February 2014
Application Deadline: 4 March 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Lyons, France
Organization unit: IARC (IARC)
Section of Nutrition and Metabolism (NME)/Nutritional Epidemiology Group (NEP)
Within the Section of Nutrition and Metabolism (NME), the overall objectives of the Nutritional Epidemiology
Group (NEP) are to investigate the role of diet, nutrition (micronutrient deficiency, fatty acid balance,
under/over-nutrition), hormonal factors, physical activity and energy balance on cancer risk, with particular
consideration of gene-diet/nutrient/environment interactions.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the BMA Group Head, the incumbent performs the following duties:

1/ To carry-out preparation of fatty acid methyl esters from blood samples in large-scale epidemiological studies. This includes extraction of lipids from blood samples, purification of lipid classes through solid-phase chromatography, preparation and extraction of fatty acid methyl esters, analysis of fatty acids through gas chromatography.

2/ To perform immunoassay analyses (RIA-radioimmunoassays, IRMA-immunoradiometric assays, ELISA-enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays) of hormones (steroids, peptides) and inflammatory factors (cytokines, adipokines) in human serum or plasma samples from large scale epidemiological studies.

3/ To participate in the maintenance of the gaz chromatography systems.

4/ To participate in the maintenance of the BMA stocks and inform SUP of needs for ordering.

5/ To perform any other related duties as requested by the supervisor.
Graduation from secondary school with scientific orientation or equivalent, plus specialized training as a laboratory technician in biochemistry, recognized by a diploma (BTS, DUT or equivalent).
Additional training and knowledge in fatty acid biochemistry and hormones as well as knowledge of radioactive handling would be an asset.
Skillful on rigorous laboratory methodologies for running routine laboratory work related to biochemistry.
Rigorous in recording all tasks carried out.
Capable to follow and ensure strict safety procedures.
Ability to identify origins of technical problems when they occur and to adapt the work accordingly.
Ability to work in a timely manner and harmoniously as a member of a team that includes diverse educational and cultural backgrounds.
At least two years' professional experience in laboratory work.
Good knowledge of French or English, with working knowledge of the other language.
Additional Information:
This recruitment is restricted to candidates residing up to a maximum of 50 kms from Lyons.

Annual salary: Euro 31,236, 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 agency("Assedic").

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.

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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