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 five programs: Climate, Air Pollution, Nature and Urban Health; Environment and Health over the Lifecourse; Global Viral and Bacterial Infections; Malaria and Neglected Parasitic Diseases and Maternal Child and Reproductive Health. 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 highly organized, detailed oriented and motivated technician with transferable skills from other disciplines to join a dynamic and multidisciplinary team, contributing to the Health Systems Research Group’s public health work on liver health.
The successful candidate will provide crucial support to the project manager in coordinating and implementing multiple ongoing EU-funded projects. This also includes supporting the group’s research on policy and public health responses to liver diseases such as metabolic-dysfunction associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD, formerly NAFLD), metabolic-dysfunction steatohepatitis (MASH, formerly NASH) and viral hepatitis.
The successful candidate should have transferable skills in accessing sources of data novel to public health, applying textual analysis methodologies and tools to public health and policy research, and collaborating with research team members to identify, synthesize and communicate results and insights in compelling ways for the general public, policy decision makers and the global liver health community of practice.
Because one multi-year project will focus on advanced diagnostics (including artificial intelligence, digital tools and hardware), prior professional background and experience with some aspect of hardware, software, the Internet of Things, and/or machine learning is strongly preferred for collaboration with the team.
Training and experience /Qualifications
Educational background: Relevant bachelors of science degree in mathematics, data science or a related data-intensive discipline
Work background: Relevant background in science communications, data analytics, data-based software or hardware environments, familiarity with multiple methodological approaches to data (with a preference for experience with both textual and visual data methodologies and applications). As noted above, prior professional background and experience with some aspect of hardware, software, the Internet of Things, and/or machine learning is strongly preferred for collaboration with the team.
- Technical Skills: Statistics & Mathematics; R or Python; Textual or Visual Data Methodologies
- Project Skills: ability to support project planning, coordination, and implementation
- Excellent management, project planning, and organizational skills
- Comfortable in an international and multicultural environment
- Able to prioritize tasks from both a direct reporting line (to the project manager) but also on a dotted line basis receiving task direction from the principal investigator and team researchers on an episodic basis.
- Willing to learn and grow while facing challenges as a learning opportunity
In-office presence required at least 2 days a week (hybrid works options available upon request)
Support science writing, dissemination, and communication, ranging from less formal writing (e.g., blogging), documentation (e.g., Wikis, white papers, briefs) and more formal writing (e.g., peer reviewed publications).
Assist with consideration of methodological approaches for textual investigation and analysis of law, regulation and policy application to liver health prognostics, diagnostics, and testing.
Identify textual analysis tools, collect and clean the law, regulation and policy data, apply the analysis tool(s) to the policy data, then coordinate with research assistants and the principal investigator regarding key findings and insights.
Analyze pre-existing hardware, software and data sources directly and indirectly applicable to liver health, recommend approaches (such as APIs and other software tools) for concepting new research pathways to synthesize and communicate liver health risks generally and diagnostic opportunities specifically; introduce concepts and early-stage prototypes for both text- and visual-tools and communications to relevant research and project teams
Also provide general technical support to the research teams on an as-needed basis, such as data analytics and insights (e.g., data management, R or excel) in close collaboration with research assistants and the principal investigator on core projects
Provide occasional cross-training and spot-coaching to team members on tools, data workflows and methodologies.
Participate in relevant ISGlobal seminars or workshops.
Other responsibilities as required
This job description reflects the present requirements of the post but may evolve at any time in the future as duties and responsibilities change and/or develop providing there is appropriate consultation with the post-holder.
This job description is not a definitive or exhaustive list of responsibilities but identifies the key responsibilities and tasks of the post holder. The specific objectives of the post holder will be subject to review as part of the individual professional assessment process.
- Strong written communication skills;
- Project coordination and management skills
- Highly motivated by detail-orientation and deadline-driven;
- Excellent skills in R or Excel; data cleaning & management, textual analysis and, preferably, visual analysis & visualizations
- Support for science communications
- The postholder will adhere to ISGlobal principles contained in People management policy, including equity, diversity and health safety. The post-holder will respect, and accountable to ensure ISGlobal policies and procedures.
- English (advanced), Spanish (advanced), Portuguese (desirable)
- Duration: 1 year
- Starting date: Immediate
- Contract: Full time
- Salary Range: Technician II - D
- During the crisis caused by COVID19, standard working conditions will be adapted to sanitary requirements.
How to apply
Applicants must fill in the request form and include the following code reference position: PA_HIA_Feb24, 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 21/02/2024.
Applications will be accepted until 23.59 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.
Diverse candidacies are welcome, that includes: gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, physical abilities, and political views.
The selection process is two phases:
1- Interview phase of a technical nature, with the Health Systems Research group to assess the person's skills and CV.
2 - Meeting with HR with the finalist(s) to finish assessing the profile and discuss contractual and institutional issues.
In accordance with the OTM-R principles, a gender-balanced recruitment panel is formed for every vacancy at the beginning of the process. After reviewing the content of the applications, the panel will start the interviews, with at least one technical and one administrative interview. A profile questionnaire as well as a technical exercise may be required during the process.