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Location: Lyon, France

International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/WHO) Centre international de Recherche sur le Cancer (CIRC/OMS)



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Posted: 4/5/2017
EpiMonitor ID: 2017-2308

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Grade: P2
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.
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Primary Location: Lyon, France
Organization: IARC
Section of Cancer Surveillance (CSU)



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 CSU’s international collaborators.


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 website (, 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.


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 cancer survival.

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 studies.

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 countries.

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 scientific reports.

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 Supervisor.               


Essential: PhD in biostatistics or epidemiology or in a similar field of research.

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 projects.

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.

Required WHO competencies:
Ability to:

- 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 children.

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