Statistician (Cancer Epidemiology)

International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
Nutritional Methodology and Biostatistics Group (NMB)
France Lyon


The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) offers unique opportunities to study the burden, causes and prevention of cancer worldwide. IARC specializes in the integration of laboratory and population-based sciences and in coordinating and conducting multi-center studies.

The Agency is recruiting an experienced research Statistician to join its Nutritional Methodology and Biostatistics Group (NMB):
Statistician (Cancer Epidemiology)

The Section of Nutrition and Metabolism (NME) offers a unique research setting in which expertise on cancer epidemiology and nutrition meets biomarker and -omics research.
Within the Nutritional Methodology and Biostatistics Group (NMB), statistical tools are being developed for the integration and analysis of molecular and epidemiological data within studies of nutrition and cancer. The availability of a wide spectrum of laboratory measurements and questionnaire data on dietary, lifestyle, and anthropometric exposures in the NME Section represents an ideal setting to foster methodological work to increase our understanding of biological mechanisms of carcinogenesis and to support cancer prevention.

As Statistician in the NMB Group, the incumbent is expected to develop research activities in the field of Statistics applied to cancer epidemiology, therefore strengthening current expertise in the analysis and quantification of the role of risk factors with respect to cancer aetiology, but also enhancing knowledge in the increasingly complex milieu of cancer research.

More information about the NMB Group and NME Section at IARC can be found at the following links:

Under the supervision of the Nutritional Methodology and Biostatistics (NMB) Group Head, the incumbent is responsible for:

1. Supporting current and developing new statistical tools aimed to optimize the investigation of the relationship between lifestyle factors, molecular biomarkers, -omics data and the risk of cancer within prospective cohorts, case-control studies and consortia-based projects;

2. Conducting methodological research for the evaluation of causal relationships between lifestyle and molecular factors, intermediate endpoints and the risk of cancer, as well as for the analysis of complex data on multimorbidity and cancer co-morbidity;

3. Providing additional expertise to develop increasingly complex analytical frameworks for the analysis of –omics data by using multivariate techniques to relate high- dimensional molecular and genetic data to lifestyle factors and to disease indicators;

4. Assisting with the supervision of master’s level and doctoral students, as well as post-doctoral fellows within the NMB Group, and across the NME Section;

5. Providing statistical support to early career and senior scientists of the NME Section for epidemiological analyses of lifestyle and molecular data – including metabolomics, DNA methylation, hormone measurements and proteomics – in relation to cancer endpoints in large-scale prospective cohort studies, as well as in intervention studies;

6. Developing a solid line of research, independently or in collaboration with other scientists within or outside the Section, which complements the scientific goals of the Group; the incumbent will also promote the interaction with statisticians in other Sections within IARC.


1) PhD in biostatistics, statistics, mathematics or similar field;
2) At least five years of relevant professional experience; proven experience programming using statistical analysis packages (e.g. R, Stata);
3) Solid publication record in peer-reviewed journals;
4) Advanced knowledge of: i) statistical methods in Cancer Epidemiology, ii) survival analysis, including competing risks and multi-state analysis, and iii) multivariate analysis, to be used in association analyses of –omics data;
5) Expert level of English and at least intermediate knowledge of French.

Start date

As soon as possible

Start date

To be determined

How to Apply

Full details on this position and the link to submit online applications can be accessed via the requisition notice (REQ-1806222) published on the IARC Internet site at: under “Jobs & Careers/Professional Staff”.

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

Deadline for submitting applications: Wednesday 9 January 2019

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

All candidates are strongly encouraged to add a cover letter to their online application.

Candidates called for interview will be expected to give a seminar. Seminars and interviews with shortlisted candidates are expected to take place at IARC in Lyon, France, during the first half of February 2019.