Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract duration: Two years. Extra-budgetary position
established for an initial duration of two years. Any
extension subject to availability of extra-budgetary funding.
Primary Location: Lyon, France
Section of Cancer Surveillance (CSU)
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
The purpose of this position is to conduct cancer survival
analyses using international cohort data and to assess the
impact of lifestyle risk factors on cancer outcomes. The
incumbent is responsible for supporting, adapting and, where
applicable, developing a research protocol for data call and
the harmonization of data from an international cohort
consortium that will be initiated through this project,
developing novel statistical methods in the field of life
course epidemiology and survival, liaison with collaborators,
supervision of statistical analysis within CSU, dissemination
and publication of results, as well as attracting research
funding from competitive sources. The incumbent is expected to
stimulate synergy across the researchers in the Section and
IARC and with CSUs international collaborators.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The Section of Cancer Surveillance (CSU) at IARC is
responsible for the collection, analysis and dissemination of
information concerning the global cancer burden. In order to
achieve this objective, CSU works closely with and provides
support to cancer registries around the world. Alongside the
use of cancer registry data in the production of online global
cancer statistics tools, incorporated into the CancerMondial
CSU serves as the definitive reference source for the
provision of information concerning worldwide cancer
statistics including cancer survival as well as cancer
incidence and mortality. In addition to the three indicators
above, CSU also provides global estimates on the contribution
of risk factors on the burden of cancers (population
attributable fraction). Specifically for this project, the
influence of cancer risk factors in particular high body
weight on survival after cancer diagnosis will be assessed
using cohort studies across the globe.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Under the guidance of the CSU deputy section head,
1) Adapt and contribute to the development of research
protocol and data call for harmonization of international
cohort studies on lifestyle risk factors in the context of
2) Adapt and develop new statistical methodologies applied to
the field of life course epidemiology and/or cancer survival,
with an emphasis on longitudinal analyses using cohort
3) In the context of data pooling of international cohort
studies with the aim to measure the impact of cancer risk
factors on cancer survival, conduct epidemiological research
activities and contribute to the development of research
projects including the analysis of core cancer indicators such
as estimation of population attributable fractions and cancer
survival in CSU.
4) Contribute to the development of international
inter-disciplinary research projects on population
attributable fractions, life course or cancer epidemiology
with the aim to disentangle the multiple potential
explanations for the differences in cancer burden between
5) Supervise and train the relevant technical staff and
fellows in the Section on statistics in general and also on
life course epidemiology or survival analytical techniques.
6) Write and disseminate scientific manuscripts and reviews
describing the results of studies and prepare technical and
7) Contribute to writing grants with a view to attracting
research funding from competitive sources.
8) Perform other related duties as may be assigned by the
Essential: PhD in
biostatistics or epidemiology or in a similar field of
Desirable: Have completed
training in life course epidemiology, comparative risk
assessment or statistical analysis of survival.
Essential: At least two
years professional experience in cancer epidemiology and/or
survival analysis. Work in international collaborative
Desirable: Experience with
analysis of cohort studies and/or international multicentric
collaborations with multidisciplinary teams (epidemiologists,
clinicians, statisticians). Supervision of early carrier
scientists (Master or PhD level) and technical personnel.
- Excellent knowledge of
statistical methods applied to epidemiology, preferably with
experience in time-to-event and competing risk analysis.
- Excellent knowledge of statistical programmes such as STATA
or R, which are essential in cancer survival analysis.
- Excellent knowledge of statistical methods and concepts used
in cancer epidemiology, preferably including public health and
clinical issues of cancer survival.
- Good oral and written communication skills.
- Good publication record in international journals.
- Familiar with preparation of grant applications.
- Able to discuss, understand and interpret relevant
epidemiological, biostatistical and public health issues in
the context of survival analysis.
- Proactively engage and take initiatives in the conduct and
evaluation of the studies.
- Produce and deliver quality results
- Communicate in a credible and effective way
- Foster integration and teamwork
- Respect and promote individual and cultural differences
Expert knowledge of
English. Intermediate knowledge of French and/or other UN
languages would be an asset.
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 46026
(subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and
health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment,
which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty
station, and currently amounts to USD 1346.26 per month for
the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30
days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members,
ho e leave, and an education grant for dependent
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