Oferta de trabajo: PhD student to study the impact of radiogenomics in COPD though federated data analyses


The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) is a cutting-edge institute addressing global public health challenges through research, translation into policy and education. ISGlobal has a broad portfolio in communicable and non-communicable diseases including environmental and climate determinants, and applies a multidisciplinary scientific approach ranging from the molecular to the population level. Research is organized in three main areas, Malaria and other Infectious Diseases, Child and Maternal Health, and Urban Health, Climate & Non-Communicable Diseases.  ISGlobal is accredited with the Severo Ochoa distinction, a seal of excellence of the Spanish Science Ministry.



What We Are Looking for

ISGlobal is seeking a motivated student to join the Bioinformatics Research Group of Dr. Juan R Gonzalez at ISGlobal with the vision of leveraging omics and imaging data analytics through federated data analysis to improve health care outcomes. This is a unique opportunity for a motivated data scientist to contribute to the digital transformation of biomedicine and carry out research that has social impact and responds to unmet medical needs.

The doctoral candidate will develop novel research that applies advanced data modelling of clinical, genomic and transcriptomic data and deep learning to various different imaging modalities. An ambition of this team is to implement predictive modelling to understand disease drivers leading to early disease diagnosis and the discovery of novel digital biomarkers. This will be achieved by analysing extensive amount of data of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from different hospitals and cohorts from Spain and Europe. The candidate will also work on developing a DataSHIELD infrastructure to analyse available data using a federated system where all the information will be harmonize using OMOP. 

This position is supported through the funds obtained from a competitive project (P4COPD – Prediction, prevention, personalised and precise treatment for COPD in young adults) funded by ISCIII, PMP21/00090, and co-funded by Next Generation EU funds as a project for Research in Personalized Medicine belonging to the Strategic Action in Health 2017-2020. 



Field research

  • Biological Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Medical sciences

Training and experience /Qualifications

Candidates are expected to:
  • Have a completed, or close to completion, Master Degree with strong analytics expertise in any of the following areas: Biomedical Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics or related fields with focus on data analytics. Additional profiles will be considered if highly motivated researchers in other related disciplines decide to apply
  • Programming experience in one or more general purpose programming language: Python and/or R 
  • Experience using one of the following deep learning libraries: Tensorflow, PyTorch or similar is desirable
  • Be familiar with OMOP
  • Be willing to work in an interdisciplinary team within a highly collaborative research institute
  • Be fluent in spoken and written English

Specific Requirements

We are looking for a person with high organizational and teamwork skills, capable of working autonomously, proactively and motivated, with good verbal and written communication. Flexibility of schedules will be valued. 


  • Proactive and motivated person
  • Strong organization and team-working skills. 
  • Professional attitude with attention to details.
  • Team player, yet capable of working autonomously
  • Basic knowledge of R and Markdown
  • Familiar with GitHub

Language level

Advanced knowledge of English, Spanish and Catalan will be highly valued


  • Duration: 3 years 
  • Starting date:15 October 2022
  • Contract: Full time

How to apply

Applicants must fill in the request form and include the following code reference position: PREDOC_COPD_BRGE_Sep22, attach the CV and a Cover Letter. Each attached document must be named with the candidate name and surname.

The receipt of applications will be open until 5 October 2022

Applications will be accepted until 17.00 CET of the closing date.

Only the applications submitted through the request form will be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The interviews could be placed during the reception candidatures period.

In ISGlobal we are committed to maintaining and developing a work environment in which the values and principles of our organization are respected and equal opportunities between women and men be promoted in each of the areas in which we operate, not tolerating discrimination based on criteria such as age, gender, marital status, race, ethnicity, functional diversity, political leanings, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

ISGlobal supports the initiative #ScienceforUkraine. Therefore, to sustain Ukraine’s presence in the European Research Area and international scholarly community, candidates from Ukraine on all levels of scholarly career are welcome: students, PhD candidates, early career researchers and senior scholars.

We confirm our commitment towards the value of the diversity of our staff and student population and seek to promote peace, equity, diversity and inclusion as essential elements in contribution to improving health worldwide.