Oferta de trabajo: Researcher for Planetary Health iniciative


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 the following main areas, Malaria  and other Infectious Diseases, Maternal, Child and reproductive Health, Urban Health and Child  and environmental health, Climate & Non-Communicable Diseases. ISGlobal is accredited with  the Severo Ochoa distinction, a seal of excellence of the Spanish Science Ministry. 


Barcelona /Bolivia

What We Are Looking for

ISGlobal is seeking a researcher who is interested in taking over and managing activities of the  project entitled “Salud Planetaria: desafíos y oportunidades en el Norte de la Amazonía Boliviana”. The project, which will be implemented in the Amazon region of Bolivia, Department of Beni, Municipality of Riberalta, contemplates a comprehensive proposal focused on planetary health care, encompassing actions to improve the health of the population, with special focus on women's health and the fight against gender violence, actions for environmental protection and restoration, actions for sustainable and environmentally regenerative productive development, as well as cross-cutting actions of denunciation and political advocacy to combat the climate crisis. 
We are particularly interested in a motivated and proactive researcher that will also lead the Health Impact Assessment study of the effects of deforestation on a wide range of health outcomes in the region.

Field research

  • Biological sciences  
  • Environmental science 
  • Medical sciences  
  • Other 

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop capacities and knowledge in the constant analysis of the changes in the epidemiological profile of the population caused by the climate crisis and, in particular, the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.
  • Develop research on the impact of deforestation on the health of the population of the northern Amazon region of Bolivia
  • Implement a course on "Planetary Health" in collaboration with the Autonomous University of Beni (UAB) and the Institute of Global Health (ISG) of Barcelona.
  • Transversal actions together with local partners and the rest of the holders to ensure participation, coordination, operation, monitoring, communication and evaluation
  • Implement a strategy for the scientific dissemination of research and lessons learned during the project.

Specific Duties

  • Literature review on the effects of deforestation for human health
  • Development of a study protocol to study the association between deforestation and health effects in the northern Amazon region of Bolivia
  • Data collection, analysis and discussion of results
  • Preparation of drafts and manuscripts for scientific publications and policy reports
  • Dissemination of study results (scientific publication and dissemination among relevant stakeholders)
  • Definition of the structure and contents of the diploma in planetary health  
  • Participate in the selection and training of the UAB faculty involved the diploma in planetary health
  • Teaching (as guest professor) in planetary health diploma

Auxiliar task

  • 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. 
  • Training and experience /Qualifications: 
  • Postgraduate education in Planetary Health or related fields
  • Teaching experience
  • Basic knowledge of statistics and epidemiology
  • Experience in statistical and/or econometric and/or epidemiological analyses


  • Proven ability to prioritize, work with deadlines and under pressure. 
  • Organized, high attention to detail; ability to summarize and communicate.

Training and negotiation ability.

  • Proactive attitude to identify strengths and weaknesses of the target organizations.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team in an international multicultural environment.
  • The post holder 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.

Language level

  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish
  • Advanced level of English, spoken and written


  • Duration:  17.5 months
  • Location:  [12.5 months in Barcelona/6 months in Bolivia]
  • Starting date:  July 2023
  • Contract: Full time   
  • Salary Range:  26.407€ 

Selection Process

The selection process is designed in two phases: 
1- Interview phase of a technical nature, with the team that requires the incorporation. 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. 
If needed, any technical test could be requested. A Psychological Competency Evaluation Test will be required for the structural or transversal positions. 
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. 

How to apply

Applicants must fill in the request form and include the following code reference position:  Researcher_PlanetaryHealth_May23, 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 June 2th.

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. 

Diverse candidacies, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, physical abilities, and  political views, are encouraged to apply.  


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.