Scientist (Cancer Prevention Research)

Reference: (1701600)

Grade: P3
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-Term Appointment
Contract duration: Two years, renewable.
Posting Date Jun 5, 2017, 5:10:24 PM
Closing Date Jun 27, 2017, 11:59:00 PM
Primary Location France-Lyon
Organization Prevention and Implementation Group
Schedule Full-time

The Prevention and Implementation Group (PRI) within the Section of Early Detection and Prevention (EDP) conducts international research studies to evaluate innovative cancer prevention strategies (e.g. vaccination, screening, treatment of predisposing conditions), particularly but not restricted to HPV and H pylori related cancers. The PRI Group aims to expand its studies with an emphasis on low- and middle-income countries.
While independently developing an area of research, and in close collaboration with the PRI Group Head, the incumbent to this position of Scientist within PRI is expected to:
• Play a major role in initiating and supporting new research directions in the PRI Group; and
• Stimulate synergy across the groups in the Section and with other researchers at the Agency.

The main objectives of the PRI Group are to: 1) evaluate new preventive strategies, with particular emphasis on the use of new technologies, including molecular markers; 2) engage in research on methods to implement existing strategies taking into account the social, economic and cultural differences; 3) collaborate with
decision makers to implement already available preventive interventions against cancer, particularly in developing countries where the need is highest; and 4) foster technology transfer and generate educational processes for clinicians, public health decision makers and the public, to make sure the available technology
is put in place where it is mostly needed.
More information about the PRI Group at IARC can be found at the following link:

Under the overall guidance of the PRI Group Head, the key duties of the incumbent are as follows:
1/ Contribute to the development of the research strategy of the PRI Group and the EDP Section;
2/ Develop key partnerships, internally and externally to enable the research plans of the Group and Section;
3/ Plan, design, conduct and evaluate studies of interventions to help reduce or control preventable cancer incidence and mortality, with emphasis in low- and medium-resource countries;
4/ Write grants with a view to attracting research funding from competitive sources to support studies;
5/ Participate in monitoring and evaluating on-going screening, triage, vaccination and other studies in PRI;
6/ Participate in reviews of the literature relevant to the objectives of the PRI group;
7/ Prepare and disseminate scientific manuscripts and reviews describing the results of studies and prepare technical and progress reports;
8/ Provide training to doctors, nurses, laboratory staff, programme managers and health workers in foreign collaborating institutions and teach on project-specific
specialised courses;
9/ Perform other related duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor or the IARC Director.

Essential: PhD (doctoral degree) in Epidemiology, Biostatistics or a closely-related discipline or Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree with formal training or experience
in Epidemiology or Biostatistics.
Desirable: Formal training or experience in molecular biology or other laboratory science.

Essential: At least five years of combined national and international experience of which at least 2 years at the international level preferably in developing
countries, in positions related to the area of cancer prevention research or interventions. Evidence of research leadership and supervision of staff.
Desirable: Experience in epidemiological studies of cancer using biomarkers, in particular randomized clinical trials of preventive interventions.

Functional skills:
1/ Knowledge of epidemiological methods, public health, laboratory and clinical concepts in planning, conducting and evaluation of cancer prevention studies,
including clinical trials.
2/ Proven understanding of the public health and clinical basis of various healthcare interventions and medical and diagnostic interventions, as applicable to
studies of cancer prevention.
3/ Strong publication record in international journals and proven ability to write grant applications.
4/ Ability to discuss, understand and interpret relevant public health, epidemiological, laboratory and clinical issues related to the objectives of the PRI group.
5/ Proactively engage and take initiatives in the conduct and evaluation of scientific studies.
6/ Knowledge and use of commonly used statistical software (e.g. SPSS, STATA).

Required WHO competencies:
Ability to:
1/ Producing results
2/ Setting an example
3/ Fostering integration and teamwork
4/ Communicating in a credible and effective way
5/ Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate or higher knowledge of French and/or Spanish.

WHO/IARC salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary
starting at USD 58’583 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 2’041 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

Additional Information
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