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Cohort study on the impact of cosmic radiation on the health of flight crews

​Start date: September 2020
Duration: 18 months
Workplace: Fontenay-aux-Roses, France


The Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) is a French public establishment of an industrial and commercial nature (EPIC), a French expert in research and expertise in the fields of nuclear safety, control and protection of nuclear materials and protection against ionising radiation.

Within IRSN, the research conducted by the Epidemiology Laboratory aims to improve knowledge of the health effects of ionising radiation on humans in the context of occupational, medical or environmental exposure. This research contributes to IRSN's assessment mission in terms of human radiation protection.

Position and missions

A new study on the impact of occupational exposures, particularly cosmic radiation, on the health of Air France flight crews is being set up at IRSN, in collaboration with Air France and Public Health France. The SPACE project aims to set up, for the first time in France, a cohort of about 40,000 flight crews in order to study, over a period of more than 40 years, the mortality of this population in relation to their occupational exposures (shift work, breaks in the circadian rhythm and cosmic radiation). SPACE is expected to have several types of impact: to contribute to the improvement of scientific knowledge on the risk factors for cancer among flight crews and also regular travellers exposed to cosmic radiation, to contribute to the consolidation of occupational health and cancer prevention systems, and to provide answers to questions from flight crews on the potential impact of their working conditions on their health.

The person recruited will be in charge of conducting this study (finalising the database, mortality analysis and dose-risk analysis, writing scientific articles), under the supervision of the head of the IRSN Epidemiology Laboratory, in collaboration with IRSN dosimetry researchers and a researcher from Public Health France who is an expert in the epidemiology of occupational hazards.


You have a PhD in epidemiology and strong skills in statistical analysis and programming (SAS or R). Experience in occupational or environmental risk analysis would be an asset. A good level of English is essential. You have good analytical and synthesis skills. You are able to take initiatives, with the ability to work in a team. Occasional travel in France and abroad is to be expected.


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