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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Lyons
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Food technology (Food tech)
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-22

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Scientist (Genetic & Genomic Epidemiology)

Lyons (United States of America)


The incumbent is responsible for designing and conducting genetic and genomic epidemiology studies, and for supervising the management of several large-scale multicenter case-control as well as clinical outcome based studies.

Within the Genetics Section (GEN), the primary focus of the Genetic Epidemiology Group (GEP) is to coordinate and lead studies of genetic susceptibility for a specific group of cancers, and to produce findings that will help to elucidate their underlying causes, as well as contribute to risk prediction and early detection. The cancer sites where the majority of GEP’s effort is directed include renal cancer and pancreatic cancer, which are of uncertain etiology, as well as lung cancer. GEP also focuses on upper aerodigestive tract cancers, given their diverse etiology (including the role of human papillomavirus), their high incidence in certain regions (e.g. oral cancer in South America, as well as oesophageal cancer in central Asia), and the potential for early detection to have a major impact on disease morbidity. GEP also conducts large genomic studies of multiple cancers within the Mutograph project (, which aims to identify new causes of cancers through whole genome sequencing and identification of mutation signatures.


Under the supervision of the Genetic Epidemiology (GEP) Group Head, the key duties of the incumbent are as follows\:

1) As regards ongoing multicenter studies, assess progress of field work using standardized protocols, questionnaires and databases as well as protocols for collection of biological samples as well as implement appropriate quality control procedures.

2) Prepare analytical plans for genetic and genomic studies by interacting with researchers from multiple disciplines.

3) Supervise analysis of lifestyle and genomic data from various types of genomic and molecular studies.

4) Coordinate regular progress meetings between partners intended to identify problems and implement solutions.

5) Maintain close links with laboratories to coordinate sample manipulation and processing in preparation for genotyping and sequencing that may take place in-house or with outside partner laboratories.

6) Prepare minutes of scientific meetings, technical reports and manuscripts.

7) Write grants with a view to attracting research funding from competitive sources.

8) Supervise staff and trainees/fellows.

9) Perform other related duties as requested by the Head of the Group, including maintaining contacts with private and public funding bodies.



Essential\: PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics, or genetics or medical degree (MD) with research component related to one of these same fields.

Desirable\: Postgraduate qualification in genetics.



- At least five years of relevant professional experience (after obtaining a first university degree) in one or more of the following areas\: 1) epidemiological data collection, 2) statistical analysis of genetic genotype and/or 3) sequence data analysis. Supervisory experience is also required.


- Experience of cancer research in an international setting.


Required WHO competencies\:

Ability to\:

1/ Technical expertise\:

2/ Produce and deliver quality results;

3/ Foster integration and teamwork;

4/ Communicate in a credible and effective way;

5/ Move forward in a changing environment;

6/ Create an empowering and motivating environment.

Functional skills\:

The functional skills listed below are all essential\:

1/ Skilled at undertaking comprehensive subject recruitment for epidemiological studies in a field-work setting;

2/ Advanced knowledge of statistical and genetic methods with a particular focus on data arising from genome sequencing and genotyping studies;

3/ Familiarity with protocols for collecting and processing tumor and non-tumor normal tissue;

4/ Strong publication record in relevant research area;

5/ Proven ability to write grant applications and draft reports.


Expert level of English is essential.

A beginner’s level or higher of French is desirable.


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 84386 per annum which is the sum of\: 1) annual net salary of USD 60233 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 24153.

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\://


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

• Application profiles should include the details of all of the candidate's work experiences to date (full career details).

• All candidates are strongly encouraged to add a cover letter (in English) 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.

• Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.

• For information on WHO's operations please visit\: http\://

• WHO/IARC is committed to workforce diversity. Applications from women are particularly encouraged.

• WHO/IARC has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

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