Oferta de treball: PhD student for OBERON H2020 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. One of ISGlobal´s major research areas is environmental epidemiology, and specifically examining how environmental exposures impact population health. 




Barcelona - Campus Mar

What We Are Looking for

The candidate will work on the H2020 project ‘An integrative strategy of testing systems for identification of endocrine disruptors related to metabolic disorder (OBERON project)’. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825712. The project will build an integrated tested strategy to detect endocrine disruptor related metabolic disorders by developing, improving and validating a battery of test systems. OBERON will combine experimental methods including in vitro and in vivo studies, high throughout omics technologies, epidemiological and human biomonitoring studies, and advanced computational methods on functional endpoints related to metabolism. ISG is in charge of work package (WP) 1: “Metabolic health effects of endocrine disruptors exposure in humans”. The OBERON project is the focus of the PhD work and will be conducted in the ISGlobal- Campus Mar in the Childhood and Environment programme.

The chosen candidate will be involved in all stages of the development of the project and particularly on WP1. The candidate will assist in the new follow-up of the birth cohort in Sabadell, in collecting the data from the different European birth cohorts involved in OBERON, in coordinating new determinations of endocrine disruptors in some of these cohorts, and in developing different case studies evaluating the effects of endocrine disruptors and childhood metabolic outcomes which will involve data analysis and writing scientific publications. 

Main duties and tasks

  • Coordinate the determination of endocrine disruptors and metabolomics in the cohorts involved in OBERON.
  • Collect and harmonize the data from the different European birth cohorts involved in OBERON.
  • Participate in the coordination of fieldwork of the new follow-up of the INMA birth cohort in Sabadell which includes the development of the necessary protocols and questionnaires. 
  • Develop protocols for case studies on endocrine disruptors and metabolic syndrome in children.
  • Data analysis.
  • Write scientific publications.
  • Contribute to preparing project reports.
  • Contribute to the dissemination of results to the general public.

Training and experience

The following attributes will be considered during the evaluation process:

  • Degree in Public Health, Environmental Sciences, Science Communication or related fields.
  • Training or experience in endocrine disruptors and child health.
  • Good level of English, Catalan and Spanish. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain a good working relationship with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. 
  • Programming using the main statistical tools, in particular Stata and R.
  • Previous experience in scientific projects.
  • Strong communication skills both written and spoken.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.


  • English, Catalan, Spanish are required.


  • Duration: 3 years;  
  • Starting date:  1st of January 2020.
  • Full time contract. 

How to apply

Applicants must fill in the request form and attached the CV and a cover letter including the following reference: PhD_OBERON_Nov19. The closing date for the receipt of applications is December, 16th 2019.
Interviews could be done on a rolling basis; hiring of matching candidates might occur before the deadline.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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