Senior Research Assistant (Bioinformatics/Data Management & Analysis)

International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
Job Location
150 Cours Albert Thomas
69008 Lyon
40 k€

Annual salary: starting at Euros 39870 (at Step I), net of French income tax (before deduction of the employee share of private social insurances applicable at IARC, i.e. staff health and accident insurances and pension fund).

WHO/IARC has its own Staff Health Insurance and Pension plans and is not part of the French Social Security system ("Sécurité Sociale"), the French Pension system or the French unemployment benefit agency ("Pôle-Emploi").

More information about the terms and conditions of employment at IARC for positions like this one in the General Services Category can be found at the following link (click on the link "Overview of Terms & Conditions of Employment at IARC/WHO" on the left-hand side of the screen):

Job Description

IARC is currently recruiting an experienced bioinformatics professional to join its Molecular Mechanisms and Biomarkers Group (MMB):

Senior Research Assistant (Bioinformatics/Data Management & Analysis)

The MMB Group at IARC conducts studies aimed at better understanding mechanisms of carcinogenesis and at identifying biomarkers applicable in molecular epidemiology and cancer prevention.

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the MMB Group, within the Section of Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis (MCA), the incumbent provides computational and bioinformatic support to projects that investigate the relevant genomic and epigenomic alterations that underlie the mechanisms of cancer formation, as well as their potential utility in biomarker discovery and validation.

The incumbent works in close collaboration with Scientists in the Section, their external collaborators and with the broader bioinformatics community at IARC.

Full details on this position and the link to submit online applications can be accessed via the requisition notice (REQ-1702331) published at the following link: under “Jobs & Careers/General Service Staff".

More information about the MMB Group at IARC can be found at the following link:


- Candidates must have a university degree in bioinformatics, biostatistics, biomathematics, computer science or a closely related discipline.

- The successful candidate will have at least five years of professional experience including one year using scripting languages and R programming, preferably in a research environment and one year handling genome-wide sequence-based data.

- Ability to create clear, concise figures for publications and to work harmoniously as a member of a team with people of diverse educational and cultural backgrounds are also required.

- Knowledge of R (and other statistical packages) for statistical computing and data visualization and of one or more scripting or programming languages (e.g. Perl, Python, Ruby, C++ or Java etc.), preferably using the Unix/Linux environment is essential as is a good general understanding of molecular and cell biology.

How to Apply

Only applications submitted via our online recruitment tool accessible from the requisition notice published on our Internet site will be considered.

Online applications should be filled out in English and should include a cover letter in English. Application profiles should include the details of all of the candidate’s work experiences to date (including paid internships).

Moreover, please include in your application profile, all statistical packages and scripting/programming languages you have worked with including your user level of each package/language.

About Our Organization

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a specialized agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) offers unique opportunities to study the burden, causes and prevention of cancer worldwide.

IARC’s mission is to coordinate and conduct research on the causes of human cancer, the mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and to develop scientific strategies for cancer prevention and control. The Agency is involved in both epidemiological and laboratory research and disseminates scientific information through publications, meetings, courses, and fellowships.

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