Job offer: Exposure scientist / environmental epidemiologist 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, Urban Health and Child and environmental health, Climate & Non-Communicable Diseases, Malaria and other Infectious Diseases, Maternal, Child and reproductive Health.  ISGlobal is accredited with the Severo Ochoa distinction, a seal of excellence of the Spanish Science Ministry.


The projects: 

This position will be funded by European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement 101081728 (intoDBP project: Innovative tools to control organic matter and disinfection by-products in drinking water) and Grant Agreement 101095430 (MARCHES project: Methodologies for assessing the real costs to health of environmental stressors). 






What We Are Looking for

We are seeking a candidate with a strong focus on environmental epidemiology and exposure science, particularly in the field of drinking water chemical quality. The candidate will contribute to the intoDBP objectives: increase the understanding of human DBP exposure in European populations. Specifically, i) describe personal behaviour leading to DBP exposure, ii) identify patterns of occurrence of emerging DBPs, and iii) assess the links between DBP concentrations and extreme weather events. In the MARCHES project, the candidate will contribute to a systematic review of drinking water nitrate and health effects to produce exposure-response functions, and other related tasks such as consultation with stakeholders. 


Field research

  • Exposure science
  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Chemistry 
  • Computer science 
  • Statistics 


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. In both cases, the candidate is expected to lead and/or participate in scientific publications.


Key Responsibilities

The candidate will be involved in a range of research activities. The main ones will be the coordination of an international survey in Ireland, Cyprus and Barcelona about water use habits, and their determinants, including water-related believes and risk perception. This will require the design of a common questionnaire in coordination with the research teams. Other tasks will include analysis of epidemiological data to describe drinking water exposures and the main determinants; ascertain data on drinking water quality and climate variables from public databases; statistical analysis of the relationship between disinfection by-product concentrations and weather variables/extreme weather events; modelling of DBP concentrations to predict emerging DBPs based on regulated DBPs; participate in a systematic review of nitrate in drinking water and related health effects, in coordination with other international teams. The workplan will be defined with the principal investigator based on the deliverables of the funded projects.


Auxiliary tasks

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.




  • 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 December 2022
  • 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: intoDBP_MARCHES_Sep22, 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 13 November 2022.

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 are welcome, that includes: gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, physical abilities, and political views.

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.