Job offer: Invitation to apply predoctoral position on microplastics in drinking water and health – AGAUR funded.


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.





What We Are Looking for

We are seeking a competitive candidate to apply to the upcoming AGAUR PhD call (with the support of ESF). We offer a PhD project on microplastics and other prevalent contaminants in drinking water, in order to evaluate human exposure, understand determinants of exposure and related health effects. The candidate will conduct literature review, analyse data, lead publications, attend and present in seminars, and participate in other scientific activities in ISGlobal.
The selected candidate will be evaluated by an internal committee who prioritizes ISGlobal candidates.


Field research

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


Eligibity Criteria

The eligibility criteria will be determined by AGAUR call that will be published in the coming weeks. We expect that the requirements will be similar to the past call. 

Comply with the requirements for access to the doctorate with the details provided by the call, at the time of submitting the application:

a) Have passed the requirements to access the doctoral program between January 1, 2019* and the application submission date. People who have passed the requirements to access the doctoral program as of January 1, 2016*, can also participate in the call, if, between January 1, 2016* and December 31, 2018*, they have been in one of the following situations, after having passed the studies to access the doctoral program:

  • They have enjoyed a period of maternity leave.
  • They have been in charge of minors under six years of age or people with legally recognized physical, mental or sensory disabilities who depend on the beneficiary and who require special dedication.
  • They have suffered any serious illness or accident that requires major surgery or treatment in a hospital center and causes the temporary incapacity for employment or normal activity of the person for a continuous period of at least 6 months. Minor surgery and outpatient surgery treatments and rehabilitation treatments performed outside the hospital system are excluded.

b) At the time of submitting the application, candidates may not have received any assistance in previous calls for hiring research staff for the FI and FI-SDUR programs. Nor may they have enjoyed more than 12 months of any other contract for predoctoral research staff in training within the framework of the Law of Science of Technology and Innovation.

c) At the time of starting the contract that is the object of the grant, candidates must be enrolled in the doctoral program for the academic year 2021-22*.

d) Not be in possession of a doctorate degree.

e) Have a minimum average grade of the academic record for undergraduate studies or equivalent qualification equal to or greater than 6.50 (scale from 0 to 10).

* dates in the 2022 call will be updated.

Training and experience

Master in Public Health or related. Previous experience in environmental epidemiology, water exposures, and/or microplastics will be considered an asset.


Key Responsibilities

Literature review, data analysis and interpretation, manuscript preparation, oral presentation in meetings and seminars.


Auxiliar 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: 36 months  
  • Starting date: between February and 1st of May 2023
  • Contract: full time 
  • Salary Range: this will depend on the AGUAR Call and ISGlobal salary scale 


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: PhD_Candidate_AGAUR_FI_Water_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 26th September 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 candiddacies 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.