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Vacancy Notice No: IARC/14/FT336
Title: Assistant (Bio-statistics) - Local recruitment
Grade: G5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  18 months - Any extension subject to availability of funding.
Date: 3 July 2014
Application Deadline: 23 July 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Lyons, France
Organization unit: IARC (IARC)
Section of Genetics (GEN)/ Biostatistics Group (BST)
The biology of cancer is complex, so observations will always involve an element of chance. This is true to varying degrees across the spectrum of biomedical research, from laboratory measurements to observational epidemiology. The role of biostatistics is to correctly account for this random element in data, so as to avoid mistaken conclusions so far as possible.

While some methods of statistical analysis can be reduced to simple algorithms in computer packages, the reality of how data is obtained is often complex, and the correct selection of analysis methods requires a thorough understanding of the principles and assumptions inherent in various standard methods, as well as the possibility of creating new methods to fit new applications.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the position:
The Assistant (Bio-statistics) within the Biostatistics Group (BST) in the Genetics section (GEN) assists the Group Head to facilitate cancer research by supporting appropriate processing, storage, simulation and analysis of data.

The main focus of the Assistant (Bio-statistics) support is to IARC laboratory groups without statistical expertise, currently Molecular Pathology (MPA) and Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis (MCA). Coordination with bioinformatics and other staff in GEN and MCA is required.

The incumbent is also expected to play a role in statistical education for IARC staff and in courses offered to persons outside the Agency.

Summary of duties:
1. Under the direction of the head of the Biostatistics group, carry out statistical analyses and simulation of data relating to cancer biology and epidemiology. This may entail extraction and cleaning of data generated by laboratory personnel;

2. Attend meetings with scientific staff within the Agency and liaise with staff in other Sections and Groups to ensure the integrity of data received, and to understand relevant features of its formatting production;

3. Assist in the interpretation and communication of the results of these analyses within the Agency. This may include preparation of tables of results, graphs and explanatory test for inclusion in publications or funding applications;

4. Participate in educational and training activities related to statistics as a teaching assistant;

5. Perform any other related duties as requested by supervisor.

Graduation from secondary school supplemented by specialized training in the field of statistics and/or mathematics (BTS, DUT or equivalent).
An advanced degree in a relevant field.
Knowledge of statistical principles and methods, programming skills in R and at least one of SAS or Stata. Skills in other programming languages would be an advantage.
Ability to communicate results clearly, both orally and in writing.
Ability to work autonomously and to prioritize work in a demanding work environment.
Ability to write relevant technical documentation.
Tact, professionalism and flexibility in assisting others.
Minimum of 5 years' work exerpience in applied statistics, regression, sample size calculations, preparation of plots and tables.
Experience in delivering training in statistical activities.
Excellent knowledge of English or French with a good working knowledge of the other language.
Knowledge of other offical UN languages.
Additional Information:
This vacancy is open to applicants of either sex.
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").
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
38,458 euros at single rate
38,458 euros with primary dependants

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

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
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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