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 three main areas, Malaria and other Infectious Diseases, Child and Maternal Health, and Urban Health, Climate & Non-Communicable Diseases.  ISGlobal is accredited with the Severo Ochoa distinction, a seal of excellence of the Spanish Science Ministry.


The poject
The BiSC project ( is a new generation cohort lead by the Childhood and Environment Programme ( In BiSC, we have assessed prenatal exposure to several environmental factors (including air pollution and noise), behavior/lifestyle and health of pregnant women and fetal and postnatal development. We have also collected a number of biological samples from the mother, father and child, including saliva, blood, urine, hair, nails, meconium, stool, vaginal swabs, placenta, cord blood. We are a very active team of more than 20 researchers and technicians, including data scientists, health professionals, biologist, epidemiologists and psychologists. The BiSC team is co-lead by five PIs (Jordi Sunyer, Payam Dadvand, Maria Foraster, Ioar Rivas and Mireia Gascon) and one staff scientist, Mariona Bustamante.



What We Are Looking for

We are seeking a candidate to apply for a Junior Leader Fellowship and be involved in the BiSC project ( The specific research topic can be proposed by the candidate, based on the available data/samples in the cohort. However, our current research lines are: neurodevelopment, mental health, CVD, obesity, metabolic disorders, omics in general (e.g. microplastics, metabolomics, gut microbiota composition and activity, endocrine disruptors, immune cells/markers), respiratory and immune health, and exposure assessment, including family environment. Depending on the topic, the candidate will work with one or more of the co-leaders of the project. The candidate has to have significant accomplishments in the area/topic chosen, and should be 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 JL open call. 

Research Fields

  • Biological sciences 
  • Environmental science
  • Medical sciences 
  • Neurosciences 

Eligibility criteria

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  • Doctoral degree two to seven years prior to the deadline.
  • Researchers may be of any nationality.
  • Candidates must have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately preceding the closing date of the call.
  • Researchers are expected to be experts in the field/topic chosen (see description above regarding research lines in BiSC).
  • Please take into account that these fellowships are for “Excellent researchers”, which implies a record and an exceptional résumé.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill in the request form and include the following code reference position: PD_JL-Retaining-BiSC_Sept22,  attach the CV (standard academic and research record including, if applicable).

Each attached document must be named with the candidate name and surname. 

The receipt of applications will be open until September 4th 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.