Oferta de trabajo: Two Data Assistants for Database Creation in ERC CoG EARLY-ADAPT project


The Barcelona Institute for Global Health, ISGlobal, is the fruit of an innovative alliance between academic, government, and philanthropic institutions to contribute to the efforts undertaken by the international community to address the challenges in global health.



Position, Project and Team

We are seeking two highly motivated data assistants to create a unique pan-European health dataset. The successful candidates will join the research team of Dr. Joan Ballester  at the Climate and Health Program of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal ) to work within the framework of the ERC project EARLY-ADAPT.

Your work will focus on the creation of a pan-European health dataset by contacting the National Statistical Agencies in Europe. You will request health data, such as daily mortality, hospitalization and occupational injury counts, for all the European countries. You will contact the agencies by email, but occasionally by phone, make an initial data request, and interact with the agencies in order to adjust the initial request given the availability of data. For this process, you will be integrated in a multidisciplinary team and join the weekly group meetings, in which the design of the database and the data requests are discussed. You will be supervised and supported by other team members that have previous experience in these tasks, and learn from them.

EARLY-ADAPT  (“Signs of Early Adaptation to Climate Change”) is a 5-year European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant (CoG), whose overarching aim is to jointly analyse the multiple drivers of recent trends in human health. Its driving hypothesis is that societies are starting to adapt to climate change, but the effectiveness of early adaptation is heterogeneous in space and time. EARLY-ADAPT will create a daily, continental-wide database that includes multiple health outcomes, climate variables, seven air pollutants, desert dust and influenza. The database will be used to model the relation between health and the environment, quantify the modifying effect of the societal factors, and perform a predictability analysis to determine the most realistic adaptation scenarios for the projections of future health. The project will allow us to detect, understand and quantify the inequalities in adaptation between countries, regions, cities and social groups.

Project Information

We gratefully acknowledge funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreements No 865564 (European Research Council Consolidator Grant EARLY-ADAPT) and 727852 (project Blue-Action), and from the Ministry of Science and Innovation (MCIU) under grant agreements No RYC2018-025446-I (programme Ramón y Cajal) and EUR2019-103822 (project EURO-ADAPT).

Competences and Duties

Candidates are expected to:

  • have a completed MSc;
  • be proficient in spoken and written English;
  • be able to work independently, but with periodic support and guidance;
  • be willing to work in an inter-disciplinary team within a highly collaborative research institute.

While not necessary, it would be advantageous to have had previous experience of working with routinely collected statistical data.


General Conditions

  • Gross annual salary: 18,000.00€.
  • Dedication: full time.
  • Starting date: as soon as possible.
  • Duration: 1 year.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill in the request form including the following reference: DA_EARLY-ADAPT_Feb21.
The receipt of applications will be open until candidates are selected.
Applications should include the Curriculum Vitae, together with a supporting statement briefly describing your qualifications and experience with regard to the competences and duties here described (maximum 5 lines).

Additional job offers can be found here .

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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

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, sex, marital status, race, ethnicity, disabilities, political leanings, religion or sexual orientation.