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Post-Doctoral Fellow in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

Background: A high-performing healthcare system aims to provide high-quality cancer care across the entire patient pathway, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment. Population-based cancer registries (PBCR) play a crucial role in monitoring the incident cases within specific populations and can detect unusual increases in cancer rates, leading to the development of hypotheses regarding potential causes within the community. Furthermore, PBCRs evaluate the effectiveness of cancer prevention and control efforts and contribute to the formulation of policies and screening programs.      

Objectives: The upcoming 1.5-year research initiative of the study “RELIANCE: REaL-life cANCEr epidemiology research,” aims to analyze high-resolution cancer registry data and to explore linkage with other additional data sources. The primary goal is to pinpoint relevant factors to cancer prevention and care while also discerning key priorities and strategies. RELIANCE study represents an interdisciplinary and translational research project with high relevance for national policy (the National Cancer Plan (PNC2)) and international research on the use of health data to improve patient outcomes.    

Training and research environment: The National Cancer Registry of Luxembourg and the Public Health Expertise Unit are dynamic, multidisciplinary and international teams within the Department of Precision Health. RELIANCE study is an initiative of EPICAN (Epidemiology and Prevention Research Group) and includes external experts from the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) and occupational health expertise, and has close and active relationships with key national stakeholders including policy makers, clinicians and researchers. The team works at the intersection of research and cancer epidemiology with a focus on translation aspects to improve population health. This successful candidate will be co-supervised by Claudine Backes, PhD, Scientific Director of the National Cancer Registry of Luxembourg and Allini Mafra, PhD, epidemiologist at the LIH.       

Key Accountabilities

  • conduct a pilot study analysing a national cancer cohort on breast cancer and explore indicators related to clinical and health services,
  • conduct statistical analyses, publish first- and co-authored manuscripts, present findings at international conferences, and prepare and submit applications to national and international funding agencies in order to establish research independence.      

Key Skills, Experience and Qualifications

  •  PhD in Epidemiology, Public Health or a related field. Candidates will have an advantage if they also have research experience in cancer and/or inequalities in health care.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills are required as evidenced by publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Strong quantitative skills including data analysis and management.
  • Ability to work independently and to take initiative.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize tasks.
  • A good understanding of cancer control policy and care pathways.
  • The ideal candidate will have significant experience in the use of statistical packages, preferably R and/or STATA.
  • Excellent English proficiency. French proficiency or willingness to learn French would be an asset.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.             

In Short...

  • Contract type :  Fixed-term contract (CDD)
  • Contract duration :  18 months
  • Location :  rue Thomas Edison 1 A-B - 1445 LUXEMBOURG
  • Start date :  ASAP
  • Ref :  JA/PDF0124/CB/EPICAN

How to apply

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All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.