As a Scientist in environmental cancer epidemiology, the incumbent is expected to develop a research programme on the environmental causes of cancer in line with IARC’s medium-term strategy and in agreement with the ENV Section Head. In addition, the incumbent is expected to ensure the Section’s continued participation in several epidemiological studies on pesticide exposure (occupational, environmental as well as domestic use) and the risk of various cancers, as well as continue or expand his/her research programme based on the results obtained.
The overall objectives of IARC’s Section of Environment and Radiation (ENV) are to investigate environmental, lifestyle, occupational, and radiation-related causes of cancer in human populations. The Section investigates these exogenous factors with the aims of contributing to primary prevention of cancer, increasing our understanding of biological mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and assessing the impact of environmental factors in the prognosis and course of disease and how to best implement protection. These objectives are achieved through collaborative international epidemiological studies using a multidisciplinary approach or through the initiation of individual analytical epidemiological studies. The Section also coordinates international consortia of epidemiological studies.
Under the supervision of the ENV Section Head, the incumbent is expected to:
-          Develop a research programme into environmental causes of cancer in line with the IARC medium-term strategy and in agreement with the Section Head, including developing the research question, study design, and approach, and obtaining respective extra-budgetary funding for carrying out the programme.
-          Conduct, analysis and interpretation of ongoing epidemiological studies on pesticide use and the risk of cancer.
-          Interact with internal and external research groups on biomarkers, genetics, or epigenetics to include mechanistic expertise into epidemiological studies, interaction with research groups on exposure measurement and monitoring to add respective expertise for highest quality exposure assessment.
-          Supervise early career scientists and their respective training.
-          Be highly active and write grant applications to maintain the Section’s activities in the environmental causes of cancer.
-          Publish scientific results; deliver presentations at meetings and conferences.
-          Other related duties in the Section of Environment and Radiation as requested by the supervisor.
Essential: PhD in Epidemiology, Public Health, or related discipline.
Essential: At least five years of post-doctoral work experience in the field of cancer epidemiology.
-          Solid knowledge in cancer epidemiology as demonstrated in high impact peer-reviewed publications.
-          Proven ability to write grant applications.
-          Ability to chair scientific meetings, supervise junior staff and coordinate consortia.
-          Ability to run fieldwork also under challenging circumstances.
-          Knowledge of carcinogenic chemicals is an asset.
Required WHO competencies:
Ability to:
- Produce and deliver quality results
- Demonstrate technical expertise
- Foster integration and team work
- Communicate in a credible and effective way
- Know & manage yourself
- Respect and promote individual and cultural differences
- Move forward in a changing environment
- Maintain a professional overall attitude at work
Expert knowledge of English language. Spoken French is an asset.
Remuneration for WHO/IARC staff in the Professional and higher category is quoted in US dollars.
The fixed remuneration for the above position comprises an annual net salary plus a post adjustment which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station.
Total fixed remuneration for this position currently amounts to USD 85532 per annum which is the sum of: 1) annual net salary of USD 59151 at Level P3/Step I of the UN professional salary scale, plus 2) post adjustment for Lyon, France currently amounting to an annualized figure of USD 26381.
The fixed remuneration is expressed net of income tax but before deduction of the employee share contributions for mandatory participation in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund and in the Organization’s private insurance plans covering health, accident, illness and disability.
Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave and allowances for dependent family members.
Subject to certain conditions, internationally-recruited staff may also be entitled to relocation travel & shipment, settling-in grant upon appointment, home leave and/or education grant for dependent children.
More information about the remuneration and benefit package applicable at WHO/IARC can be found at the following link:
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• All candidates are strongly encouraged to add a cover letter to their online application.
• Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. Candidates called for interview will be expected to give a seminar.
• This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.
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