Job Description: 

Vacancy Notice No: IARC/10/FT103.
Section of Nutrition and Metabolism (NME)/Nutritional Epidemiology Group (NEP).

The overall responsibility of the Section of Nutrition and Metabolism (NME) is to investigate, through epidemiological studies, the causes and prevention of cancer in association with diet, obesity, physical inactivity and endogenous hormones. The European Investigation of Cancer (EPIC) is supported and co-ordinated by the Section, in conjunction with its partners on the EPIC Steering Committee. The Section is also responsible for investigating the role of nutrition and metabolism in developing countries and addresses the interface between agriculture and health in this context. The Section has its own laboratory capacity and utilises expertise in biomarkers (exposure, genetic susceptibility and early effect) which are developed and analysed in the Agency's laboratories.

Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Head of the Nutrition and Metabolism Section, the incumbent will be responsible for providing support and developing new statistical techniques to investigate diet-disease associations and for designing new studies within the NME section. In addition, the incumbent will supervise all NME activities related to biostatistics, data management (e.g. design and maintenance of project specific and endpoint/mortality disease databases) and data analyses. Research activities conducted independently, or in collaboration with other scientists within or outside the Section, will be encouraged. This will include participation in the IARC Biostatistics Group (BST), and an opportunity to conduct methodological research of a more general nature and a requirement to provide statistical advice to other areas of the Agency. The main duties are as follows:
1. To provide biostatistical support and supervision to the scientists and technicians of the entire Section;
2. To adapt or develop new statistical methods and to implement these in a common statistical package where necessary;
3. To develop a methodological research programme complementing the scientific goals of the Section;
4. To assist with the design of new studies to be initiated within the Section (e.g. cohort studies, nested case-control studies, intervention studies, laboratory and validation/calibration studies);
5. To identify and develop close working relations with international research groups working in the field of biostatistics, more specifically applied to nutritional cancer research;
6. To collaborate, through provision of statistical advice and support, with scientists across the Agency.

PhD or demonstrated equivalent research experience in biostatistics, statistics, mathematics or similar.

Advanced knowledge in biostatistics applied to nutrition and cancer research.
Ability to implement statistical methods as code in a statistical or other programming language.
Proven ability to direct research activities and write scientific papers.
Demonstrated ability to supervise technical staff.
Good knowledge of the literature on biostatistics and statistical applications.
A working acquaintance with biomarkers and/or with clinical nutrition would be an asset.

Required WHO competencies:
Ability to:
- produce and deliver high quality results,
- respect and promote individual and cultural differences,
- move forward in a changing environment.
Good communication and team player skills.

Essential: At least five years' experience in cancer or nutritional epidemiology; Experience programming in statistical analysis packages (e.g. R, Stata, SAS); Evidence of an independent research career.
Desirable: Understanding of biomarkers, metabonomics and other laboratory-derived data.

Excellent knowledge of English.
Working knowledge of French and other UN languages would be an asset.

Additional Information:
Please note that a list of publication is compulsory. To add this list, please go to your profile under additional documents.
Candidates called for interview may be expected to give a seminar.
For more details on employment conditions, including annual leave, education grant, pension scheme, etc., visit:
Similar positions which arise in the coming six months may be filled from this vacancy notice.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
EURO 62 853 (with slight variations) at single rate
EURO 67 336 (with slight variations) with primary dependants


Job Categories: 
Research institutes
Deadline for Application: 
Apr 22 2010