Education and Training

Senior Visiting Scientist Award

Call for applications is NOW CLOSED (next call: September 2016)

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is the specialized cancer research Agency of the World Health Organization (WHO). Situated in Lyon, France, IARC has both epidemiology and laboratory Groups, allowing it to fulfil its mission: to coordinate and conduct research on the causes of human cancer, to elucidate the mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and to develop scientific strategies for cancer prevention and control.

The Agency is offering the exciting opportunity of an IARC Senior Visiting Scientist Award. This Award is for a qualified and experienced senior investigator with recent publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, who wishes to spend 6-12 months at IARC, working on a collaborative project in a research area related to the Agency's programmes. The major areas of activity are focused on understanding cancer etiology (including infections, nutrition, lifestyle, environment, radiation, and genetics), developing strategies for cancer prevention (primary prevention, screening, and implementation research), and elucidating the underlying mechanisms of carcinogenesis through studies of molecular and cell biology, molecular genetics, epigenetics, and molecular pathology. The Agency also has strong programmes dedicated to describing the global cancer burden, and to the evaluation of carcinogenicity, through its Monographs Programme. There is an emphasis on interdisciplinary work in the Agency’s research activities, as well as a focus on biostatistics, bioinformatics, and related methodological developments.

Candidates are requested to contact the relevant Scientific Groups in order to set up a collaborative project. For details on scientific programmes and research groups please consult the IARC web site:, or contact IARC at the address below.

Applicants must belong to the staff of a university or a research institution, and should provide written assurance of a position there at the end of the Award period.

The annual remuneration will be 48 000 Euros, pro-rata, according to length of stay. The cost of travel for the Senior Visiting Scientist, and in certain circumstances for dependants, will be met, and health insurance covered. The Award should be taken up no later than 30 November of the selection year (2016).

More detailed information is available from:
Fellowship Programme
150 cours Albert-Thomas, 69372 Lyon Cedex 08, France
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