Scientific IT Administrator

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This is a G-5 contract. This kind of contract is known as General Service and related categories. It is normally only for nationals. It usually requires 5 years of experience, depending on education. More about G-5 contracts.

This is a re-opening of the same equisition, if you applied before you don’t need to re-apply again.

Same requisition will also be published in French.

You don’t need to apply for both English and French requisitions, only one application will suffice



The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), is the cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) and is based in Lyon, France. The objective of the

IARC is to promote international collaboration in cancer research.

The role of the Section of Support to Research (SSR) is to support the achievement of IARC’s scientific objectives through efficient and effective management of the Agency’s resources and provision of administrative services, ensuring accountable risk mitigation and implementing strategies to strengthen capacities and maximize IARC’s impact.

The ITS main objective is to maintain, develop and ensure smooth IT services through its main core functions including but not limited to IT Governance, Information System, Digital Workplace, Scientific IT, Cyber Security and Hybrid Infrastructure.

Under the direct supervision of informatics officer, the incumbent is responsible for the daily development of IARC Scientific IT resources and community as well as collaborate in the management of the Linux based server environments, across the Agency.


  1. Development:

Develop the IARC Scientific IT (SIT) platform according the ITS roadmap articulated along with the Computational Biology, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Committee (C3B) IT Working Group.

  • Design, implement, document, and operate Scientifc IT High Performance Computing “HPC” systems.
  • Design, implement, document, and operate Scientific IT services
  • Configuration and deployment of IARC-developed bioinformatics or public domain tools on the Scientific IT platform using automatic configuration and deployment tools.
  • Use cutting edge technologies to provision consistent state environments in order to aid reproducibility of scientific results.
  1. Train and assist scientists in using high performance computing (HPC) / bioinformatics resources and for best practices in data management:
  • Organize and deliver regular training sessions
  • Create and maintain user documentation
  • Track and resolve support requests
  • Create and publish monthly/yearly HPC usage report.
  • Maintain SIT Collaborative website
  1. Liase with colleagues from the IARC C3B Committee by participating in the evaluation of new technological opportunities aimed to meet the needs of IARC scientific groups.
  2. Collaborate in the system admiminitration of the Linux based server platforms in the ITS group. This area of activity include the administration, monitoring and troubleshooting of the Linux systems.
  • Deployment, operation, update of Linux systems
  • Identify, automate and perform deployment of necessary packages, tools, operating systems on platforms
  • Manage user account life cycle.
  • Manage data life cycle through automation
  • Conduct platform and necessary firmware updates/upgrades and apply security patches.
  • Monitor resource utilization
  • Detect and resolve service problems
  1. Contribute to the group activities in the Devops support area to:
  • Manage IARC code versioning systems and the integration with (Continous Development/Continous Integration) “CD/CI” pipelines
  • Manage and support container virtualizacion infrastructure
  1. Perform any other related technical duties as requested by the supervisor(s).


Due to the evolving situation resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, and depending on work requirements, this position may be partly occupied remotely, from the home of the candidate selected in the region Lyon, according to the teleworking clause for force majeure currently in force as part of the IARC teleworking policy during this pandemic period.


  • Producing results
  • Moving forward in a changing environment
  • Fostering integration and teamwork
  • Technical expertise
  • Communication



Essential: Completion of a secondary school education, plus two to three years of specialized studies in computer science, recognized by a diploma (BTS, DUT, license, license pro or equivalent)

Desirable: -


Essential: Minimum of 5 years of combined professional hardware and software stacks experience.


  • Experience using server virtualization technology such as vmware, hyper-v or KVM.
  • Experience working in a bioinformatics environment in a research organization.
  • Experience with container virtualization such as Docker and/or OpenStack.
  • Experience with Slurm cluster workload manager and Beegfs parallel file system.
  • Experience in user training.


Excellent knowledge of French and good working knowledge of English



  • Strong Linux Skills
  • Knowledge of accessing and working in an HPC environment.
  • Thorough knowledge of source code versioning systems such as git.
  • Strong scripting skills in a modern language such as bash, python.
  • Knowledge of infrastructure automation and/or devops concepts, ansible.
  • Proven communications skills including in a multidisciplinary team.


The fixed remuneration for the above position currently amounts to EUR 3,544 per month, and is expressed net of income tax but before deduction of the employee share contributions for mandatory participation in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) and in the Organization’s private insurance plans covering health, accident, illness and disability.

Other benefits include different types of leave and allowances for dependent family members.

Employment status is that of an international civil servant.

Note: due to the legal status of WHO/IARC as an international organization, its staff do not contribute to and do not generate benefits in French mandatory schemes for health insurance (“assurance maladie”), pension (“assurance vieillesse/retraite or unemployment (“Pôle-Emploi”) throughout their period of employment with the Agency.


  • This post is subject to local recruitment and will be filled by persons residing in the local commuting area of Lyon.
  • We only accept applications submitted via our online recruitment tool (applications for this position should be filled out in English and include a cover letter in English). Application profiles should include the details of all work experiences to date (including paid internships).
  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test and/or presentation may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. IARC/WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to IARC/WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • For information on IARC’S operations please visit:
  • IARC/WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • IARC/WHO's workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice.
  • IARC/WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • Applications from women are encouraged
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