Scientist Multicentric Projects

World Health Organization, Lyons, France

Skill Required:, Training and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th December, 2019

Job Description


The goals of the Prevention and Implementation Group (PRI) are to evaluate new preventive strategies, with particular emphasis on the use of new technologies, including molecular markers; to engage in research on methods to implement existing strategies taking into account the social, economic and cultural differences; to collaborate with decision makers to implement already available preventive interventions against cancer, particularly in developing countries where the need is highest and to foster technology transfer and generate educational processes for clinicians, public health decision makers and the public, to make sure the available technology is put in place where it is mostly needed.

As a member of the PRI team and reporting to the PRI Group Head, the incumbent to this position of Scientist is expected to assist, support and promote international research in the fields of cancer prevention and implementation. Responsibilities include day-to-day coordination of and follow-up on international research studies coordinated by PRI, training in field activities, preparing research protocols and publication of results.


  • Support the Supervisor of multicentric projects by interacting with study sites on a daily basis to monitor progress and accuracy of samples and data collected.
  • Assist the team to develop laboratory methods for specimen collection, handling and storage in PRI epidemiologic studies.
  • Under the guidance of the Supervisor, investigate and propose standard operating procedures and quality assurance systems for data collection and laboratory processes in the context of PRI studies.
  • Support the supervisor in training local collaborators on study procedures, including processing, storage and transportation of biological specimens.
  • Participate in monitoring activities of PRI studies at the study sites.
  • Test online video tutorials and any needed training materials on study procedures.
  • Carry out sample testing (immunoassays, or molecular techniques) in accordance with ongoing PRI studies.
  • Contribute to the design, planning, and/or conduct of epidemiologic studies on cancer prevention and implementation.
  • Support to the writing of scientific manuscripts or reports and to the writing of grants with a view to attracting research funding from competitive sources.
  • Prepare and follow up on agreement documentation needed to establish international collaborations, transfer of samples and data.
  • Keep documentation, protocols and training records for the studies.
  • Liaise with IARC Procurement team to facilitate the purchase of consumables needed for the PRI epidemiologic studies and the delivery of the consumables to the study sites.
  • Prepare documentation required and relating to the logistics for shipment and adequate storage of international study samples in coordination with international collaborators and the IARC Laboratory Services and Biobank Group.

In view of the above-mentioned duties, the incumbent is expected to undertake duty travel estimated at up to 25% of total working time, i.e. approximately 60 travel days per year (on average, 4 trips per year of 15 travel days each). Duty travel locations would include Latin and South America and Africa. Travel may be with other project staff but could also be alone if necessary.



  • Essential: Master’s degree or higher in Biology, Laboratory Sciences or related discipline.
  • Desirable: Training in cancer epidemiology.


  • Essential:At least 1 year of professional experience in laboratory practices.
  • Desirable:Experience in organizing multicentric international projects in a scientific setting at technical and administrative levels.

Experience in one or more of the following areas: cancer biomarkers evaluation, onsite training, monitoring of laboratory processes in an international context as it relates to cancer epidemiology (particularly cervical cancer and gastric cancer).


  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of routine laboratory operations
  • Good knowledge of molecular biology
  • Ability to communicate in a timely manner with internal and external partners
  • Proven ability to draft scientific manuscripts and familiarity with the preparation of grant applications

WHO Competencies

Technical expertise

  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Producing results

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English and an intermediate (or higher) knowledge of Spanish (regular communications by phone and email with external collaborators in Spanish-speaking countries).
  • Desirable: Intermediate (or higher) level of French.


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