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International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
Scientist (Head of the Section of Evidence Synthesis and Classification/ESC)
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
Le Centre est interdisciplinaire, et réunit des compétences dans les disciplines de laboratoire, en épidémiologie et en biostatistique.
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Publié: il y a 7 jours
Date limite d'inscription: déc. 09
Localisation: Lyon, France
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Scientist (Head of the Section of Evidence Synthesis and Classification/ESC)

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) offers unique opportunities to study the burden, causes and prevention of cancer worldwide. IARC specializes in the integration of laboratory and population-based sciences and in coordinating and conducting multi-center studies.

Job description

The Agency is recruiting a Scientist to lead the Section of Evidence Synthesis and Classification (ESC) at IARC:

Scientist (Head of the Section of Evidence Synthesis and Classification/ESC)

The incumbent is expected to plan, lead and coordinate the execution of ESC’s programme which includes overall responsibility for three of the Agency’s flagship publication series i.e. the IARC Monographs, the IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention, and the WHO Classification of Tumours. The role includes strategic planning and providing authoritative advice to the Director, IARC, on all topics pertinent to the development of these publication series.

The incumbent to this position of Scientist and Head of the ESC Section reports to the Director of the Agency, who has overall responsibility for the Agency’s programme. The incumbent is responsible for the design of the overall strategy of the ESC Section, the finalization of the projects and interaction with external collaborators. The incumbent is responsible for line-management, including career development, of all staff within the ESC Section, and for management of the overall budget of the ESC Section.

More information about the ESC Section at IARC can be found at the following link:


Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Agency, the key duties of the incumbent are as follows:

1. Provide leadership to the ESC Section through strategic planning, coordination, and practical implementation aimed at ensuring that IARC remains the reference for cancer classification, cancer hazard identification and evaluation of cancer preventive agents and interventions;

2. Manage the human and financial resources assigned to the ESC Section;

3. In collaboration with the Agency editing and layout team, ensure that the Agency’s scientific publication processes are efficient and meet the highest standards;

4. Promote the dissemination of the IARC Monographs, the IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention and the Blue Books in various formats, in cooperation with the IARC Communications Group;

5. Attract research funding from competitive sources, participate in resource mobilization efforts to support the three flagship programmes, in cooperation with the Section for Support to Research (SSR) at IARC; maintain necessary liaison with funding agencies, by visits and through timely reporting.

6. Initiate and/or participate in cancer research for cancer prevention based on funding obtained from competitive sources.

Profile/Essential Requirements:

1) PhD in a scientific discipline relevant to this Programme (e.g. epidemiology, toxicology) supplemented by a medical degree (MD) with national board certificate, also in a discipline relevant to this Programme (e.g. occupational and environmental medicine, oncology).

2) At least ten years of professional scientific experience gained in an international environment in one or preferably several of the following areas: cancer epidemiology, cancer bioassays, mechanisms of carcinogenesis and oncology. Track-record in conducting high quality research for cancer prevention. Supervisory and managerial responsibility in an academic environment, preferably in an international organization.

3) Excellent knowledge in several of the following areas - public health, cancer epidemiology, cancer bioassays, mechanisms of carcinogenesis - and proven capacity to integrate these areas in the processes of cancer hazard identification and evaluation of preventive agents or interventions.

4) An understanding of human cancer pathology.

5) Sustained record of publication of cancer research relevant to cancer prevention.

6) Ability to manage a team and related resources.

7) Creative scientific ability and ability to provide leadership.

8) Strong record in obtaining competitive research funding.

9) To be open to and propose new approaches and ideas.

10) Proven experience of coordinating expert working group meetings and interacting with other organizations.

Additional Information:

Full details on this position and the link to submit online applications can be accessed via the requisition notice (REQ-1805140) published on the IARC Internet site at: http://www.iarc.fr under “Jobs & Careers/Professional Staff”.

Only applications submitted via our online recruitment tool accessible from the requisition notice published on our Internet site will be considered.

Deadline for submitting applications: Sunday 9 December 2018

It is mandatory to attach a full list of publications. To add this list, please go to your profile under the “publication” tab.

All candidates are strongly encouraged to add a cover letter to their online application.

Candidates called for interview will be expected to give a seminar.


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 123,610 per annum which is the sum of: 1) annual net salary of USD 85,543 at Level P5/Step I of the UN professional salary scale, plus 2) post adjustment for Lyon, France currently amounting to an annualized figure of USD 38,067.

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: http://www.who.int/careers/en/

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