Job offer: Environmental epidemiologist/exposure scientist in drinking water and health


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.


Campus Mar - Barcelona

What We Are Looking for

We are seeking an environmental epidemiologist with a strong focus in the field of water quality and health. The candidate will contribute to the BWater project “Drinking water in Barcelona: sustainability and health impact assessment” (reference 22S07285-001), funded by the Barcelona City Council and “La Caixa” Foundation in the framework of Barcelona Pla de ciència 2020-2023. 
BWater is a collaborative project led by the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC). The overall aim of BWater is to assess and compare the health, environmental, and socio-economic impacts associated with different water choices in the city of Barcelona, including tap water, bottled mineral water, and tap water treated with domestic equipment. The candidate will specifically conduct the Health Impact Assessment considering nitrate. The candidate will be part of the Non-Communicable Disease and Environment Research Programme in ISGlobal.

Field research

  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Environmental science
  • Medical sciences

Key Responsabilities

The candidate will apply health impact assessment methodology, with nitrate as exposure and colorectal cancer as outcome. In addition, the candidate will liaise with other participants of the collaborative project and eventually contribute to other tasks. the candidate is expected to lead and/or participate in scientific publications. Finally, the candidate is expected to participate in the scientific activity through attending seminars in ISGlobal.

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

Master in Public Health, Doctoral degree in environmental epidemiology, exposure science or related fields. Experience in water exposures and statistical methods will be considered an asset. In the case of Master Degree candidates, a PhD in the framework of the project could be considered, conditioned to the availability of adequate funds. 


  • Teamwork.
  • Problem resolution.
  • Learning capacity.

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

English. Fluent in Catalan and/or Spanish will be an asset.


  • Duration: 12 months (up to 2 years)  
  • Starting date: 1 February 2023
  • Contract: full time 
  • Salary Range: this will depend on the qualifications of the candidate (e.g. Master or Doctoral degree)

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 pass. 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: ExposureScientist_BWATER_Dec22, 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 the position is filled.

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 contributing to improving health worldwide.