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.
ISGlobal is seeking a candidate to apply for a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship within the group MALARIA PHYSIOPATHOLOGY, under the supervision of Dr Alfredo Mayor. The candidate has to have significant accomplishments in the area of malaria epidemiology, immunology, and/or molecular biology and who is committed to excellence in research in a multidisciplinary environment, with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. Candidate must fulfill the eligibility requirements to apply for current Marie Curie IF open call. The research aims to investigate multiple scales of P. falciparum dynamics (from genes to spatial-temporal patterns) in pregnant women at first antenatal clinic (ANC) contact, with the ultimate goal of assessing their value as malaria sensors to guide control and elimination. We will apply ground-breaking epidemiological and molecular approaches targeting parasite and host to develop an integrated toolkit that can derive precise metrics of malaria transmission from pregnant women.
We will pioneer the use of a) a novel pregnancy-specific serology to amplify signals of previous malaria exposure, b) next generation molecular approaches to assess the genetics of infecting parasites and c) a cutting-edge tolerance framework to identify host pathways that can be targeted for malaria vulnerability assessments. We will apply this toolkit in Southern Mozambique to compare transmission at ANCs with other population-level metrics. In a unique elimination setting, we will develop methods to assess at ANCs the impact of intervention campaigns, to identify residual foci of infections and to flag parasite adaptations that can endanger elimination efforts. Finally, we will integrate host and parasite data at ANC in mathematical models to reconstruct and predict general population transmission. Understanding the biology of malaria infection at ANCs and its relationship with other measures of transmission can signify an enormous breakthrough for sustainable and actionable early warning systems that can accelerate efforts aiming to interrupt malaria transmission.
- Researchers in possession of a doctoral degree (EU-PhD title or adapted to the Spanish system is required) by the date 12th September 2018.
- Researchers may be of any nationality, depending on the requirements.
- (For European Fellowships) Researchers must not have resided or carried out the main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to 12th September 2019.
- (For Global Fellowships) the researcher must not have resided or carried out the main activity (work, studies, etc.) in a Third Country (not a EU member state or associated) where the initial outgoing phase takes place for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to 12th September 2019.
Researchers are expected to be experts in molecular, immunological and/or epidemiological aspects of malaria, with a strong knowledge on statistic, and excellent use of English. Please take into account that these fellowships are for “Excellent researchers”, which implies a record and an exceptional résumé.
- Number of awards per year:1
- Frequency of calls:ANNUAL
- International mobility required?:yes
- Website of fellowship Programme:
- Career Stage:Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc), More experienced researcher or >10 yrs.
- Research Profiles:Established Researcher (R3), Recognised Researcher (R2), Leading Researchers (R4).
- Employment contract with full social security:yes.
- Covers salary:yes.
- Covers travel and subsistence:yes.
- Covers research costs:yes.
- Maximum duration of fellowship:24 (36 for GF and Restart Panel).